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

Eve Caligor MD and Frank Yeomans MD, PhD

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

Classroom or videoconference, Monday or Tuesday, first or second year, see website for details,  September 10, 2019 - June 15, 2020

Monica Carsky, PhD

An Object Relations Theory Approach to Personality Disorders I: Borderline Disorders & the Use of Transference Focused Therapy

New York University Postdoctoral Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy,  January 27 - March 10, 2020

Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.

Evidence Based Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: Clinical and Ethical Considerations

Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY,  February 27, 2020

Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for working with patients with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Features

Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY,  February 28, 2020

Eve Caligor, M.D., invited presenter, along with:
Norman Clemens, chair; Elizabeth Auchincloss and Jeffrey Katzman, presenters.

Approaches to Integration in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice
American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting

Philadelphia, Plenary Session: 4:00-6:00 PM ,  April 24, 2020

Eve Caligor, M.D., Otto F. Kernberg, M.D., Frank Elton Yeomans, M.D.

Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Disorders: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy Extended (TFP—E)
American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting

Philadelphia, Session ID: C1150, 8:00 AM–12:00 PM ,  April 27, 2020

Richard G. Hersh, M.D., Benjamin H. McCommon, M.D., Eve Caligor, M.D., Frank Elton Yeomans, M.D.

Improving Care and Protecting the Clinician: Learning the Multiple Purposes of Treatment Contracting
American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting

Philadelphia, Session ID: 1227, 3:00 PM–4:30 PM,  April 28, 2020

Frank Elton Yeomans, M.D., Otto F. Kernberg, M.D., Eve Caligor, M.D., Diana Diamond, Ph.D.

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

Philadelphia, Session ID: C1249, 8:00 AM–12:00 PM,  April 28, 2020

Frank Yeomans MD PhD

Introduction to TFP (in Spanish)

Sponsor: The Academic Direction of the Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Psychology of the School of Psychology, University of the Republic. Montevideo, Uruguay,  August 6 - 7, 2020

Frank Yeomans MD PhD

Supervision of TFP (in Spanish)
Two-day clinical workshop focusing on supervision of TFP.

Sponsored by TFP-Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay,  August 8 - 9, 2020

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, Hrz 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.