Personologic alignment and the treatment of posttraumatic distress

George Everly

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The therapeutic alliance is generally considered the sine qua non of successful psychotherapy. Yet, establishing the therapeutic alliance with patients suffering from syndromes of posttraumatic distress (including posttraumatic stress disorder) represents an unusual challenge. This paper describes the use of a personality-based approach to the establishment of the therapeutic alliance. This approach is referred to as personologic alignment and consists of alignment with preferential processes, as well as thematic belief systems. It represents an integration of the personology of Theodore Millon and the rhetoric of Aristotle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2001


  • Personologic alignment
  • Personology
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rhetoric
  • Theraputic alliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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