Vulnerability, Borderline Personality Disorders. Clinical and Therapeutic Issues in Mental Health Using A Cognitive Analytical Model.

  • Zoubida Guernina


Borderline personality disorder and vulnerability are difficult to assess and are rather elusive to define. A case study material is presented from a cognitive analytical model. An attempt of the dominant features of cognitive analytical therapy and discussion of vulnerability in relation to personality disorder is provided. An evaluation of the methodology is discussed with specific focus on the impact of being trapped and feeling vulnerable. The rationale behind this paper is to show that through the shared reformulation between the client and therapist unhelpful procedures that might contribute to vulnerability in a borderline personality can be identified.

For the purpose of this paper, the word client and patient are used interchangeably. It is hoped that the emerging issues on this case will be used to assess vulnerability in borderline personality disorders. The interpretation and evaluation given show the need for further research in the area.

(IFE Psychologia (2002) 10(2), 211-216)

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