In Personality Disorders, Dr. Jeffrey J. Magnavita demonstrates his approach to working with clients presenting with the spectrum of personality disorders and with clinical syndromes such as obsessive–compulsive or anxiety disorders. Dr. Magnavita uses personality-guided relational psychotherapy, a form of therapy that describes personality as encompassing four domains: biological, interpersonal, relational, and sociocultural.
In this session, Dr. Magnavita works with a recently married woman in her 20s who was neglected and abused as a child. The client is experiencing symptoms of anxiety and obsessive–compulsive disorder. Dr. Magnavita assesses her defenses and personality structure and begins to help her to see how she has coped with her negative childhood experiences and how these coping strategies affect her present life.