Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) is an evidenced based approach developed by Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
The idea behind Mentalization Based Treatment is to help people utilize better behavioral control, increase emotional regulation, improve the quality of relationships, and increase their capacity to pursue life goals. MBT was originally developed for those with Borderline Personality Disorder. However, we have learned it is also supportive in the treatment of other disorders based in attachment issues and has even been used and researched for the purpose of treating Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Within these sessions you will experience an honest, transparent, and active therapist who will consistently share their mind with you. This is to increase cognitive flexibility and introduce ideas outside of typical patterns. The sessions focus is on restoring mentalization, which is the ability to hold your own mind in mind as well as the minds of others; essentially, to stand in someone else's shoes and actually understand where their thoughts are coming from-- that is to say, understanding misunderstandings. Confusing, we know; we will help you solidify these concepts.
This methodology can be comprised of a combination of individual, group, couples, family, and/or child therapy.
At Brooklyn Minds we expose each of our practitioners to some level of formal training as part of their employment. Since MBT consists of understanding alternative perspectives, we use each team member's perspective of a situation to help stimulate new thoughts and feelings around a given case. This attests to our deliberate professional diversity within our practitioner's training.
Owen Muir, M.D. is one of the few Mentalization Based Treatment supervisors within the United States. He is also trained in Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment, along with Carlene MacMillan, M.D. and Kyle McEvoy, LMHC.
Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) is the concept of working within a multi-provider team, encouraging collaboration, comprehensive understanding, and strategic planning around treatment.
Brooklyn Minds is one of the few MBT and AMBIT focused facilities.
We have noticed the vast usefulness of this approach to treatment so profoundly that our senior team also trains other service providers and entities to utilize AMBIT/MBT within their organizations.