About MBT

Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and in others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states.

If we are mentalizing successfully, we are able to understand what is going on in our own minds and in the minds of other people, and realise how this is effecting the emotions, thoughts, and actions of ourselves and others. This understanding of our own perspectives as well as those of other people leads to more successful interactions and social relationships.

In some mental health disorders, such as personality disorders, individuals can be impaired in their ability to mentalize. This can lead to misunderstandings regarding emotions, thoughts and actions, and result in breakdowns in interactions and relationships. It is vital that individuals learn to mentalize successfully in order to improve mental health and social function.

Teaching individuals to mentalize as a therapeutic intervention forms the core of Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT). This evidence-based treatment has been shown to be highly effective in treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and as a result has gained national and international attention. For information on the MBT training programme that will qualify you to implement MBT when treating BPD, see Mentalization Based Treatment Training Programme

MBT was initially developed for the treatment of BPD, but it is now being used for a wide range of disorders. This programme focuses on MBT for BPD, but training programmes are now available for MBT for antisocial personality disorder, families, adolescents, and more. See Other MBT Courses for more information.

Our Chief Executive Peter Fonagy talks more about Mentalization in the interview below.

(If you have disabled non-essential cookies on this website, you may not be able to view the above video on this page but can still view it here)

 

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We’d also like to set optional analytics to help us improve it. We won’t set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page


Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.


Analytics cookies

We’d like to set non-essential cookies, such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our Cookies page. If you are 16 or under, please ask a parent or carer for consent before accepting.