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Mentalization Based Therapy

Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) is a therapy specifically designed to enhance the lives of those who experience Borderline Personality Disorder.  Mentalization is the skill of being able to correctly interpret and understand the connections between emotions, behaviors, and situations.  It is being able to identify, “I am feeling X because of Y and it is leading me to do Z,” and also see that, “My partner is probably feeling X because Y happened and it is leading them to do Z.”  It is theorized that people with Borderline Personality Disorder have a skills deficit in being able to sort these things out accurately, which in turn makes it harder to regulate and control their emotions.  In Mentalization Based Therapy, there is great emphasis placed on the present moment and the relationship between the therapist and the patient.  The patient is often invited to try to understand how their actions may impact the therapist, and the therapist self-discloses enough so that the patient can begin to learn accurately how others are thinking and feeling at certain times.  The patient is also encouraged to monitor and examine their own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to build the skill of mentalization.  

Phone: 801.438.6059 | Fax: 801.501.0249

Draper Office

248 East 13800 South, #4
Draper, UT 84020
801.438.6059

Bluffdale Office

14241 South Redwood Road Suite 100
Bluffdale, UT 84065
801.610.1573