Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 15–25 | Cite as

Clarification-Oriented Psychotherapy of Dependent Personality Disorder

  • Rainer Sachse
  • Ueli KramerEmail author
Original Paper


Clarification-oriented psychotherapy, an integrative form of psychotherapy for dependent personality disorder, is presented. Based on a generic theoretical model, a specific model of the psychological functioning of dependent personality disorder is developed. This model serves as a rationale to developing therapeutic intervention strategies aiming at addressing the specific problems related with the disorder. Special therapeutic problems which may occur in the process are discussed. The theoretical elaboration is illustrated by means of a clinical case presenting with dependent personality disorder.


Dependent personality disorder Psychotherapy Clarification-oriented psychotherapy Psychotherapy integration Personality disorder 


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RS declares that he has no conflict of interest. UK declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Psychological PsychotherapyBochumGermany
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry-CHUV, Institute of PsychotherapyUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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