Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Treatment of Clients with Anxious and Over-controlled Personality Disorders: An International Accord

  • Giancarlo Dimaggio
  • James C. OverholserEmail author
Original Paper


Personality disorders are common in most clinical settings and their presence can slow or disrupt the treatment process. The present paper examines central issues in the treatment of the anxious and fearful cluster of personality disorders. Treatment benefits from a strong focus on the therapeutic alliance, a sound plan for treatment, and a comprehensive approach that adjusts the focus and style of therapy across the various phases of treatment. Hopefully, with a continued integration of science and practice, the psychotherapy for personality disorders can become more effective as well as more efficient.


Psychotherapy Personality disorders Dependent Avoidant Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro di Terapia Metacognitiva InterpersonaleRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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