Relationship Management of the Borderline Patient: From Understanding to Treatment (Paperback)
This volume offers guidelines for managing the therapist-patient relationship during crisis intervention and longer-term therapy with patients who exhibit borderline symptoms. Since to do no harm is the primary goal of any therapist who encounters such a patient, an appropriate therapist-patient relationship is crucial; moreover, skillful management of this relationship can, in itself, be the most effective and safe treatment. The authors present a conceptual model, based on self psychology and interpersonal theory, for reframing the borderline symptoms and the therapist's reactions. Case examples demonstrate effective relationship management and therapeutic interventions.
David Dawson, M.D., is Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital and Associate Professor in Psychiatry at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.Photo by Gordon Stephen, Harriet L. MacMillan, M.D., is Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at McMaster University and Director of Child Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Service to Inpatient Pediatrics at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals, Ontario, Canada.Photo by Rader-Lopez