The structure of mentalization-based treatment

Anthony W. Bateman and Peter Fonagy

in Mentalization-based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

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Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780198570905
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754456 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The structure of mentalization-based treatment

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The overall aim of MBT is to develop a therapeutic process in which the mind of the patient becomes the focus of treatment. The objective is for the patient to find out more about how he thinks and feels about himself and others, how that dictates his responses to others and how ‘errors’ in understanding himself and others lead to actions in an attempt to retain stability and to make sense of incomprehensible feelings. The therapist has to ensure that the patient is aware of this goal, that the therapy process itself is not mysterious and that the patient understands the underlying focus of treatment. The mentalizing process can only be developed if the structure of treatment is carefully defined. It is important to remember that the assessment process itself is an intrinsic part of the trajectory of treatment and not something decapitated from the whole treatment process. It forms part of the initial sessions and is a significant aspect of engaging the patient in treatment itself. Because of its importance it is dealt with separately in Chapters 5 and 6.

Chapter.  9646 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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