Dedicated to the Study and Treatment of Personality Disorders
The Center for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

original STIPO

are now available. is a website founded and maintained by a group of clinicians and researchers dedicated to the study and practice of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for borderline and other personality disorders. The site's objective is to provide professionals and the public with information related to TFP-related scholarly and clinical activities in the greater New York City area.

Seminars & Conferences More Details

Otto F. Kernberg MD

The Debate about the Training Analysis System – Part 1 & 2
International Psychoanalytic Congress

London, England,  July 24 - 27, 2019

Otto F. Kernberg MD

Postpartum Depression
International Psychoanalytic Congress

London, England,  July 24 - 27, 2019

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD
with Professor Karin Ensink

Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and young adults

Polish Society for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Krakow, Poland,  September 5 - 6, 2019

Eve Caligor MD and Frank Yeomans MD, PhD

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy Training
Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Currently accepting applications for September 2019. Contact Dr. Caligor for information.
Classroom or videoconference, Monday or Tuesday, first or second year, see website for details,  September 10, 2019 - June 15, 2020

Eve Caligor, MD
Dynamic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders

Attachment, Relationships and Psychotherapy Conference

McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate
Boston Marriott, Cambridge, Massachusetts,  September 13, 2019

Eve Caligor MD
Master Class

New developments in psychodynamic psychotherapy: Treatment of self and interpersonal functions

Sponsored by the International Society of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP)
Amsterdam,  October 1 - 2, 2019

Otto F. Kernberg MD

Problems in the Supervision of Transference Focused Psychotherapy
International Conference on Supervision in TFP

Munsterlinger, Switzerland,  October 4 - 5, 2019

Otto F. Kernberg MD

Update on Transference Focused Psychotherapy

Department of Psychiatry, University of Bilbao
Bilbao, Spain,  October 6 - 7, 2019

Otto F. Kernberg MD

Treatment of complications in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Alexianer Hospital
Cologne, Germany,  October 9 - 10, 2019

Otto F. Kernberg MD
Master Clinician Lecture

Pathology of Love Relations of Narcissistic Personalities
North American Congress on Personality Disorders

Vancouver, British Columbia,  October 15 - 18, 2019

Otto Kernberg, MD, Diana Diamond, PhD, Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD

Narcissistic Personalities: The Long Road to the Capacity to Love

Sponsored by The Western New England Psychoanalytic Society and The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
New Haven Lawn Club,  November 2, 2019

Notable Publications More Details

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical Guide first provides clinicians with a model of borderline pathology that is essential for expert assessment and treatment planning and then addresses the empirical underpinnings and specific therapeutic strategies of transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP). 2015.

Analysis of data from the Weill Cornell PDI RCT found that, among the treatments that were studied, only TFP was associated with change in fundamental psychological process such as reflective functioning and internal working model of attachment:
Levy KN, Meehan KB, Kelly, KM, et al: Change in attachment patterns and reflective function in a randomized control trial of transference-focused psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74(6):1027-1040, 2006.

The PDI completed data analysis on the randomized, controlled trial of three treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder:
Clarkin, J.F., Levy, K.N., Lenzenweger, M.F., & Kernberg, O.F. (2007).
Evaluating three treatments for borderline personality disorder: a multiwave study.
American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 922-928.

Colleagues in Europe carried out an RCT on TFP, thus helping establish TFP as an evidence-based treatment:
Doering S, Hörz S, Rentrop M, Fischer-Kern M, Schuster P, Benecke C, Buchheim A, Martius P, and Buchheim P: TFP vs. treatment by community therapists for BPD: RCT.
British Journal of Psychiatry, 196(5), 2010.

The nature of personality disorders and their treatment:
Levy, Wasserman, Scott, Yeomans (2009)
Empirical evidence for transference focused psychotherapy and other psychodynamic psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder.

Please Note: Due to Federal regulations, we are not able to respond to any clinical questions by e-mail. This includes requests for referrals. In most parts of the country, information regarding referrals can be obtained from the local branches of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers. They often have lists of therapists who specialize in specific areas of treatment.

For more information about borderline personality — both about the condition and about resources please visit the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center.

Our Affiliates

International Society of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP)

Dept. of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Medical University of Vienna
Währinger Gürtel 18-20, A-1090 Wien, Austria
View website.

The Personality Studies Institute

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3200
New York, NY 10168

Members of this institute focus on teaching and training mental health professionals in TFP. In addition we continue to research aspects of personality disorders and offer treatment through our individual practices.