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

The STIPO-R
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are now available.

BorderlineDisorders.com 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

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 2018. Contact Dr. Caligor for information. Contact Judy Mars at jk52@cumc.columbia.edu to apply.
1051 Riverside Drive, Box 63, New York, N.Y. 10032,  September 11, 2018 - June 15, 2019

Eve Caligor MD and Frank Yeomans MD, PhD

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

Currently accepting applications for September 2018. Contact Dr. Caligor for information. Contact Judy Mars at jk52@cumc.columbia.edu to apply.
1051 Riverside Drive, Box 63, New York, N.Y. 10032,  September 11, 2018 - June 15, 2019

Frank E. Yeomans, MD, PhD
Panel with Meg Wolitzer, Eve Caligor MD, Todd Essig

Demystifying Narcissism

Advance Registration recommended.
Sponsored by Columbia Psychoanalytic, Weill Cornell Medical College, Uris Auditorium, 1300 York Avenue, NY,  January 17, 2019

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD, presenting on TFP
Vincenzo Caretti on DSM-5 and AMPD, Massimo Ammaniti on personality disorders in adolescents and young adults, Fabio Madeddu on borderline pathology, Sergio Dazzi on the PDLab and treatment

Personality Disorders in Youth and Emerging Adulthood: Assessment and Treatment
Morning session

LUMSA University (the Vatican University of Rome),  February 22, 2019

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD

Workshop on Therapy with Narcissistic Personality Disorder with Discussion of Cases
Afternoon session

LUMSA University (the Vatican University of Rome),  February 22, 2019

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD

Grand Rounds

Institute of Living, Hartford CT,  April 4, 2019

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD

Supervision in TFP

Clinique Cherrier, Montreal, PQ,  April 6, 2019

Glen Owens Gabbard, MD, Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD, Diana Diamond, PhD, Holly D Crisp, MD, Elsa Ronningstam

Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Dilemmas in the Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA,  May 19, 2019

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD, Otto F. Kernberg, MD, Eve Caligor, MD, Diana Diamond, PhD

Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA,  May 20, 2019

Eve Caligor, MD, John Clarkin, PhD, Richard G. Hersh, MD, Otto F. Kernberg, MD, Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD

Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy–Extended

Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA,  May 22, 2019

Notable Publications More Details

Transference-Focused Psyhotherapy 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
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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.