What is Mentalization-Based Treatment?

Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) is an evidence-based approach developed by British clinicians Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman for individuals struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder.  Although MBT grew out of a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approach, it also integrates aspects of contemporary attachment theory, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral approaches. 

 

Can I be helped by MBT?

Mentalization Based Treatment was originally designed for individuals experiencing symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Today, however, MBT has broader application for treating adolescents, families and couples who find being in relationships extremely tumultuous and difficult. MBT focuses on helping individuals develop the capacity to think about and deal with difficult emotions in stressful (interpersonal) situations.

 


 

Karen A. McCauley has additional intensive training in Mentalization-Based Treatment.  She works with individuals and couples who find that being in relationships can mean intense emotional swings.