New Book Presents Clear Theoretical Base for Psychotherapy

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Psychoanalyst Candace Orcutt, Ph.D. offers new dynamic approach in “Trauma in Personality Disorder.”

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“When psychic trauma and personality disorder combine,” explains author Candace Orcutt, Ph.D., “it is a psychotherapeutic test for patient and treating clinician alike.” She says that while there is extensive literature devoted to trauma and personality disorders individually, there is little to guide the therapist when both are present. Orcutt’s new book, “Trauma in Personality Disorder” (published by AuthorHouse) fills this gap by offering a clear theoretical base followed by casebook descriptions illustrating her new technique.

“Trauma in Personality Disorder” is guided by the dynamic approach of James F. Masterson, M.D., childhood trauma, as well as present day PTSD, is addressed while several major types of personality disorder are described. The book also stresses how trauma work and character work must be kept in balance so that the psychotherapy leads to the desired goal of healing.

Excerpt from the foreword of “Trauma in Personality Disorder” written by Dr. Masterson:

“This book, well organized and beautifully written, is unique in the degree to which it takes us into Dr. Orcutt’s office and vividly and often movingly describes in detail the one to one interventions with the patient. She delineates clearly when, why, and how she shifts her intervention from trauma to the personality disorders. She presents clearly the difference between a recent trauma and an early “developmental” trauma, and how one can precipitate the other. The ebb and flow of the work between personality disorder and trauma becomes clinically clear to the reader.”

“For clinicians coping with this timely, challenging problem, this volume offers a grounding provided in no other book,” says Orcutt.

About the Author
Candace Orcutt, Ph.D., is a social worker who is also a trained psychoanalyst. In her new book she reflects on her experience and thought of over 30 years of clinical practice, teaching and writing. She has been an associate of James F. Masterson, M.D., for 19 years, and is presently on the faculty of the International Masterson Institute, as well as the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis. Orcutt has presented her work in conferences in the United States, Canada, South Africa and Turkey. Her publications have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including “The International Review of Psycho-Analysis,” “The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy,” and “Social Casework.”

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