In a process-oriented psychotherapeutic treatment of personality disorders two types of interventions are considered to be central: the exploration and explication of the internal frame of reference of the client as well as the exploration and discussion of the ‘game(s)’ the client is playing in order to fulfill his or her interpersonal needs.
The treatment protocol introduced here is based upon the model of dual action regulation as developed by Rainer Sachse (1997; 2001; 2002; 2004) with respect to personality disorders, in which interpersonal behaviour is seen as determined by authentic motives as well as dysfunctional and inadequate action tendencies. In this article the typical interpersonal styles of some personality disorders and the booby traps therapists are faced with in these cases are described.
personality disorders, process-oriented psychotherapy, treatment protocol
The tPeP (Journal Person-centered experiential Psychotherapy) is the scientific journal for Dutch and Flemish psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, that work from, or are interested in a client-centered perspective.