Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) is an evidenced based approach developed by Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman at the Annan Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The idea behind Mentalization Based Treatment is to help people utilize better behavioral control, increase affect regulation, improve the quality of relationships, and increase the capacity to pursue life goals. MBT was originally developed for those with Borderline Personality Disorder, though we have learned this has also been shown to support other disorders based in attachment issues.
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 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.