Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)

MBT is a therapy UK/European developed therapy which has been developed specifically for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, by Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman.

The purpose of this therapy is to enable the patient to regulate their interpersonal relationships, through the process of mentalization (interpreting the actions of yourself and others in the context of relationships). This is at heart a psycho-dynamic therapy which has evolved around the needs of this group of people; the need for structure, explicit outcomes, clear boundaries, responsive listening skills, focus on the present more than the past, among other carefully considered and researched adoptions.

This is used in individual and group contexts, inpatient and community settings, within the NHS and private treatment and throughout the life span of the disorder, from adolescence to adulthood. MBT has spread from it’s home ground of London to Europe, particularly The Netherlands and Scandinavian countries, as well as the United States. It has also followed the trend of being developed for BPD and then adapted to other severe and enduring mental illness that have previously been treatment resistant; eating disorders, Anti-social Personality Disorder, resistant Depression, etc.

Our founder, Kael Cockcroft is a fully trained MBT practitioner, with Anthony Bateman as his training supervisor. We have extensive experience in using this treatment to help clients with BPD.


Our Borderline Personality Disorder Portal

The following pages are designed to provide additional information and advice on BPD treatment and our approach: