Dedicated to the Study and Treatment of Personality Disorders

The Center for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

WEBSITE RETIRED: This website contains an archive of the publications and teaching events of the Personality Disorders Institute through 2022. Professionals associated with the PDI have formed TFP-New York, LLC. Many of these professionals are also members of the International Society for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy. Please refer to these websites for ongoing and current information. 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.

Notable Publications (at right and below), More Details

ARTICLE: An introduction to TFP for experienced psychotherapists and those in training. Aspects of TFP are summarized, notably the therapeutic contract. Extended case descriptions enrich the reader's experience of the model, illustrated with material from an 18-month treatment. Radcliffe, J., Yeomans, F.E., Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Patients with Personality Disorders: Overview and Case Example with a Focus on the Use of Contracting. British Journal of Psychotherapy35,1 (2019) 4-23.

ARTICLE: A clinical vignette illustrates how TFP utilizes behavioral activation in facilitating treatment outcome both at the behavioral level and at the psychological level. Yeomans, F.E., Delaney, J.C., Levy, K.N., Behavioral Activation in TFP: The Role of the Treatment Contract inTransference-Focused Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 2017, Vol. 54, No. 3, 260-266.

ARTICLE: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy in the General Psychiatry Residency:
A Useful and Applicable Model for Residents in Acute Clinical Settings
by Erin Zerbo MD, Shelly Cohen MD, Wiktoria Bielska MD, and Eve Caligor MD (2013)

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.

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