If you are interested in obtaining MBT supervision, please contact any of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families MBT approved supervisors directly below.
Dr Matt Angell qualified as a medical doctor in 1994. He initially specialised in general medicine working in a variety of different specialities for 5 years prior to obtaining the post-graduate qualification MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians). Following this he worked as a principle investigator within the pharmaceutical industry. In 2005 he started his training in psychiatry in the NHS. In 2007 he started an independent Mental Health Hospital, Cornerstone House, based in Hertfordshire, England. He continued his NHS training on a part-time basis and in 2008 starting working full time at Cornerstone House. During this time he developed an interest in the treatment of personality disorder. In 2010, following basic training in MBT, he started to develop an MBT in-patient treatment service for people with personality disorder. The model is run by a dedicated MBT team supervised by Dr Matt Angell. The program is intensive, structured and involves attendance at different MBT focused groups on a daily basis with weekly individual sessions. The programme is designed to be tailored to the individual, based on an assessment of their mentalizing abilities. As a patient moves through the service the goal is to increase their ability to manage more challenging groups as their ability to mentalize increases. All Hospital Staff are trained internally on the principles and application of MBT. Groups are constantly reviewed in terms of their effectiveness as measured by patient and staff feedback. Admissions are taken directly from the NHS and there is a notable reduction in harmful behaviours during the first months of admission. The service is currently working on a formal patient follow up study to determine the effectiveness of preventing re-admission along with peoples’ engagement in the work place and/or further education. The Hospital informally maintains contact with patients post discharge and receives feedback from commissioners of patients’ progress. This information is indicative of good long term functioning however we are yet to confirm this formally. The service also offers an out-patient service for discharged patients which consists of individual sessions and/or groups. Professor Bateman has been a member of the Hospital’s External Board for approximately 6 years and has provided ad-hoc supervision to the MBT team and more formal supervision to Dr Angell during this period. He has been pivotal in the support that he has provided to the service and its development.
Dario Balanzin, MD Child and adolescent psychiatrist and therapist FMH (Federatio Medicorum Helveticorum) is a trained and licensed child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychodynamic psychotherapist of the Swiss Medical Federation FMH (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum), and candidate of the Swiss Psychanalitic Society. Since 2000 he has worked at the HUG Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve-Switzerland and since 2006 as Chief of sector at the SMP Service medico-psychologique at the adolescents out-patient consultation with Prof.Stephan Eliez in Geneva. This service provides psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment for child and adolescent and Personality Disorder traits for the Geneva Canton. He has attended many MBT courses (MBT-Basic, MBT-Adolescents, MBT-Eating disorders, MBT-Family, AMBIT and MBT-self harm). Since 2009, he has participated as therapist in the development of the Mentalisation-Based Therapy program (MBT) with adolescents with Professor Martin Debbane from the University of Geneva. He contributed to the development of a network with a MBT oriented Center for the treatment of BPD at the University of Pavia (Italy) with Prof. Edgardo Caverzasi, where they organized many MBT symposia in partnership with the University of Geneva. Dario and Edgardo Caverzasi organized an MBT introduction workshop in 2015 in Milano and in 2017 Palermo-Italy. In 2017 they founded with other collegues the GIMBT: Gruppo Italiano MBT. Dario is currently working in his private practice in Lugano-Switzerland and collaborating with Edgardo Caverzasi in the development of GIMBT. In November 2017 they organized the first MBT basic course in Milano with Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Antony Bateman.
Dawn Bales PhD
Dawn Bales is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in the Netherlands. Dawn works since 2004 at the Viersprong (a Dutch treatment center offering specialized treatment for personality disorders) and lead the first implementation of Mentalization-Based Treatment in the Netherlands. This was the base of her PhD MBT: Quality in Mind. The Implementation of Mentalization-Based Treatment in the Netherlands. She was supervised by Prof. Anthony Bateman, and appointed as MBT trainer and supervisor in the Netherlands. She has had an active role in the development and implementation of multiple adaptations for new populations (i.e. MBT for adolescents (MBT-A), MBT Early, MBT for parents (MBT-P)) and currently works part-time as a clinician in a MBT-A program. Over the past nine (9) years, Dawn has set up the training and dissemination center MBT Netherlands (MBT NL). Together with Anthony Bateman and Joost Hutsebaut she initiated and developed a system for MBT quality assurance. Furthermore, she has an active role as MBT specialist in conducting a series of treatment studies at the Viersprong Institute for Studies on Personality Disorders (VISPD). She has been speaking (inter)nationally on both BPD as well as MBT since 2005 and shares her knowledge through her (inter)national publications.
Dr Daiva Barzdaitiene is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Norfolk Community Eating Disorders Service (NCEDS). She was one of the PI in the NOURISHED study in UK which compared MBT vs SSCM in treatment of patients with eating disorder and borderline personality disorder. Over the past five years Daiva worked in Lithuania where she introduced the concept of MBT to Lithuania and its MH professionals. She wrote articles, ran seminars on MBT, MBT-A and MBT-ED, as well as setting up, delivering and supervising group and individual MBT and MBT-i for eating disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Additionally, she has a major interest in training ED staff in MBT skills and using mentalizing priniciples to help psychologically inform clinical environments.
Before being trained in MBT, Daiva studied existential therapy for four years and completed a four year training in psychoanalytical psychotherapy.
Celeste is a Clinical Psychologist in Melbourne, Australia. She supervises and coordinates the MBT Program at the Alfred Child and Youth Mental Health Service (Alfred CYMHS) and works in private practice with adults, adolescents, parents, and families. Celeste has worked with young people and adults with Borderline Personality Disorder and their families for over 10 years. She first trained in MBT in 2012 and implemented the MBT Program at Alfred CYMHS in 2015. This program includes weekly individual sessions and MBT group program for young people aged 17 to 25 years and supervision to clinical staff involved in working with these young people. Celeste is currently implementing the MBT Families and Carers Training and Support Programme (MBT-FACTS) through Alfred CYMHS in 2019. She has delivered introductory MBT lectures in various postgraduate courses. She practices as an accredited MBT Practitioner providing both therapy and supervision through her private practice.
Rory Bolton PhD
Rory Bolton is a registered Mental Health Nurse since 1996, and a British Psychoanalytic Council registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist since 2010. He has worked as a clinician within the Halliwick Personality Disorder Service since 1996, which provides specialist psychological treatment for Personality Disorder to the London Borough of Haringey, where he has participated in the research studies and the development of the Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT) approach under the direction of Professor Anthony Bateman. He has been the clinical and operational manager of the service between 2008 and 2013, where he has overseen the expansion of the service through the setting up of satellite specialist services in the boroughs of Enfield and Barnet. Since 2013 he has been the co-ordinator for Personality Disorder treatment across Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, but will shortly be moving to lead the psychotherapy services in City and Hackney for East London Foundation NHS Trust. He is an associate trainer on the basic training course in MBT run through the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and University College London, and he is experienced in supervising specialist personality disorder services in the application of MBT. Prior to his career in psychiatry he completed a PhD in biological research, where he obtained a grounding in empirical research methodology.
Dr Clara Bookless
Dr Clara Bookless is a psychoanalyst and psychologist with a particular interest in the early prevention of mental health disorders. She worked for 25 years teaching and researching in University Departments of Psychiatry before taking the role of Senior Consultant Psychologist engaged in the development and clinical support of a State-wide Early Intervention and Home Visiting Programme. Clara is particularly interested in infant mental health, the impact of traumatic experiences on child development and adult mental health and the personal meaning of mental disorder in the recovery process. Clara maintains a private psychotherapy practice. She also works as a clinical consultant to agencies and clinicians providing adult psychotherapy, child protection and child - parent psychotherapy. Clara supervises the therapeutic work of a range of clinicians and psychotherapy trainees across a number of government services and private practice.
Gerry Byrne is a registered Mental Health Nurse since 1990 and an Association of Child Psychotherapists registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist since 2003. He is clinical lead for the Family Assessment & Safeguarding Service (FASS, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire &BaNES), the Infant Parent Perinatal Service (IPPS, Oxford) and the ReConnect Service (Buckinghamshire). As an Associate Trainer and Supervisor at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in MBT he has delivered training and supervision in his own Trust, in London and in Dublin (2014/5) and currently supervises teams in London, Oxford and Ireland. He has developed an MBT Programme for Parents; The Lighthouse MBT-P Programme which is run in both the FASS and ReConnect Services, supervised by Nick Midgley (AFC/UCL) and which is undergoing an independent evaluation by the AFC/UCL, led by Professor Pasco Fearon and Dr Michelle Sleed.
Dave Carlyle, R Comp N; PhD
Dave is a registered nurse who works half-time as an MBT Therapist in the MindSight programme in Christchurch, New Zealand, and half-time as a senior lecturer with the University of Otago, Christchurch. In addition to convening practice-based postgraduate papers he is also involved in research projects utilising IPSRT for depression and bipolar disorder. Dave is one of the anchor clinicians implementing MBT in NZ, and has been a leader in introducing best practice guidelines for BPD into the routine practice of a major mental health service. He first trained in MBT in 2006 with Prof.’s Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy as part of a research trial to replicate the UK comparison of MBT-OP against Structured Clinical Management (SCM). Additionally, Dave is a key member of the team that developed a 12-week explicit mentalization group (based on MBT-i) as an early intervention for people presenting with emotional dysregulation and self-harm that is not yet at the level of severity to involve secondary MH services.
Edgardo Caverzasi, Psychiatrist and IPA Psychoanalist, is Associeted Professor of Psychiatry at Department of Brain an Behavioral Sciences of the University of Pavia. He teaches and supervises residents on psychodynamic and MBT oriented therapies. He is Director of a NHS Clinic for PDs where a MBT programme has been developed for the assessment and treatment of BPDs . He was trained at the Anna Freud Center where he attended basic and advanced MBT courses run by P Fonagy and A. Bateman. In the past he organized MBT symposia at the University of Pavia and at other Italian institutions . He collaborates with the Swiss MBT group (M. Debanné, D. Ballanzin) and with other Italian MBT trained groups. In 2012/13 he organized two introductive courses for residents in psychiatry run by M. Humphry and R. Bolton in Pavia. In 2015 He organized a workshop on MBT in Pavia and in 2017 the 1st Italian Basic Level MBT Training in Milan led by A. Bateman, P, Fonagy and L. Treliving at the Catholic University of Milan. Recently, together with other collegues who promote MBT in Italy, he co-founded the Italian MBT group (GiMBT).
Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD
Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute, formerly knowns as the Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute. In 2009, she developed the Gunderson Residence, an intensive, specialized residential program for adult women with severe personality disorders which uniquely integrates multiple evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD) in a rigorous and scientifically informed way. Dr. Choi-Kain also founded the BPD Training Institute in 2013, a center for proliferating evidence-based treatments for severe personality disorders, including Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD), and General Psychiatric Management (GPM). Lois's research focuses on personality disorders, attachment, mentalization, psychotherapy, and accessibility and implementation of care.
Lucie Colvin works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy within NHS in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, being dual trained in Psychotherapy and General Adult Psychiatry. She is a BPC registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and is a member of the Scottish Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. She has experience in establishing, delivering and supervising individual and group MBT and MBT-i.
Gail Cumming qualified as an RMN in 2002 following the completion of an MA in Psychology and a Bachelor of Nursing. Gail currently works in an Adult Community Mental Health Team after spending 10 years working in an acute psychiatric ward. Gail has assisted in the development and continuation of the NHS Grampian MBT service in Moray and currently offers both group and individual therapy for people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Gail also has experience in delivering the MBT skills training programme to NHS Grampian and local authority staff and has a strong interest in the continuation of service development in relation to MBT.
Penny Cutting RGN, RMN, BSc(Hons), MA Psychotherapy, MClinRes
Penny’s core profession is nursing, qualifying as a general nurse in 1987 and then as a psychiatric nurse in 1989. She became a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist in 1999 and in 2011completed a Masters in Clinical Research. She has a special interest in women’s mental health and set up and ran a service which offered an alternative to psychiatric hospital for women for which she won the Kings Fund Award in 2001. She has worked as a clinician, nurse tutor, clinical service leader and psychotherapist both in acute psychosis services and latterly personality disorder services.
Since 2013 she has been the clinical service leader of the Croydon Personality Disorder Service at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This is an MBT day treatment service, offering a range of core MBT groups, individual MBT therapy and MBT expressive therapy groups. She is currently supervising MBT therapy teams within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust where she has a particular interest in supporting the implementation of the MBT quality framework within MBT services. She co-chairs the Trust’s special interest group for MBT practitioners. Penny is currently involved in research on enhancing MBT with adjunctive avatar therapy.
Michael Daubney is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with clinical interests in psychotherapy, trauma, infant mental health and adolescent inpatient and outpatient treatment. He is Medical Director of Specialist Teams CHQ HHS and the consultant psychiatrist to Brisbane north, Brisbane North and Caboolture Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services and the Day Program Brisbane North. He is the current Chair of the binational Committee Section of Psychotherapy (RANZCP), Queensland President of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (Inc.), an Accredited Mentalization Based Therapy supervisor with the Anna Freud Centre and is undertaking a Higher Research Degree at Griffith University developing an instrument assessing social emotional development in 3 year olds. He is the supervisor of the junior and advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainees in psychodynamic psychotherapy, conducts supervision of other professionals including GPs and maintains a psychotherapy component in his private practice. He has been receiving psychotherapy supervision from Professor Bateman for a number of years.
Prof. Martin Debbané is Associate Professor at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London (UK), and at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva (Switzerland). He established (2015) the French speaking MBT Network (réseau francophone des thérapies basées sur la mentalization, RF-TBM, https://mentalisation.org) based at the University of Geneva. Martin Debbané and his team conduct training and supervision in MBT (basic, practitioner, supervision, family, adolescents) for practitioners in Geneva, Paris, Bruxelles and in the French speaking part of Canada. His research involves a number of longitudinal projects following youth cohorts with clinical risk (schizotypy, borderline, ADHD, antisocial traits) for severe psychopathology. He is a trained and licensed psychodynamic child and adolescent psychotherapist. He acts as associate and trainer in mentalization-based therapies at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London. He teaches, practices and supervises mentalization-based psychotherapy with adolescent and adult patients.
Shauna Dowden, Ph.D. is a consulting psychologist for the MBT Clinic & Gunderson Outpatient Program, as well as a senior MBT Supervisor within the BPD Training Institute at McLean Hospital. She maintains a full-time private practice, specializing in personality disorders, chronic suicidality, chronic depression, bipolar illness, and PTSD. Since completing intensive DBT training with Marsha Linehan in 2002, she has provided DBT therapy in a number of settings. Since intensive training in MBT in 2010, she has similarly applied this model across treatment settings. She is an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, supervising psychology interns and psychiatry residents in CBT, DBT, & MBT treatments. She has been practicing mindfulness for over two decades, integrating this practice into all aspects of her work, with particular interest in willingness for change and contentment. More recently she has begun work toward a Masters in Theology and Ministry at Boston College.
Robert Drozek, LICSW
Robert P. Drozek, LICSW, is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist at McLean Hospital, specializing in the treatment of personality disorders, trauma and dissociative disorders, and addictions. He is a teaching associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a supervisor of Mentalization-based Therapy in the Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute at McLean Hospital. Originally trained in MBT in 2010, he currently serves as a tutor in the basic and practitioner level MBT trainings offered annually in Boston, and he co-facilitates online group supervision in MBT through McLean’s BPD Training Institute. His interests include the application of MBT to psychoanalytic practice, and more recently the utility of MBT in treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He has published several papers in relational/intersubjective psychoanalysis, and is currently working on a book on the ethical dimensions of therapeutic change, to be published in the Relational Perspectives Book Series at Routledge. He is in private practice in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Karin Ensink is a psychologist and professor of Psychology in Canada. She has set up MBT-TBM Canada, an organisation dedicated to facilitating MBT training, research and outcome studies, in Canada. She is a clinician with more than 25 years of experience working with adults, adolescents and children with complex mental health problems involving trauma and personality disorders. She is a supervisor of MBT with adults, as well as MBT-Adolescent and MBT-Child. Her interest in MBT developed while working at the Anna Freud Centre in the late 90’s and completing her PhD at UCL with Peter Fonagy and Mary Target on the relationship between mentalizing and psychopathology. She has a developed a range of measures of mentalizing for patients and clinicians. She has published widely on intergenerational patterns of mentalizing and mentalizing as a resilience factor in the context of trauma and personality disorders. She is an author of Mentalization Based Treatment for Children.
Dr Sebastian Euler is a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Department of Consultation Psychiatry and Psychosomatics at the University Hospital Zurich (Switzerland). He has delivered MBT to multidisciplinary teams, offering inpatient and outpatient treatments for personality, eating, and psychosomatic disorders. He is a senior research fellow at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London (UK) and has published several studies on PD. Sebastian is a trained and licensed psychodynamic psychotherapist, group psychotherapist, and specialist for psychosomatics and psychosocial medicine. Supervised by Anthony Bateman and Martin Debbane, he has been teaching, practicing and supervising MBT and MBT-G in Germany, Switzerland and Austria since 2012 and has tutored in several MBT trainings at the AFNCCF and international MBT centres. Together with Prof Svenja Taubner, he established the German MBT training centre at the University of Heidelberg (MBT Germany).
Robin is a registered mental health nurse with both Mental Health and Comprehensive Nursing qualifications, and 30 years’ experience in MH. She is an MBT Therapist in the MindSight programme in the Christchurch MH service, New Zealand. Robin has extensive experience in crisis work, and has had a private counselling practice for many years. She regularly presents on MBT and BPD at nursing inservice and training days. (The MindSight Programme, with 8 p/t MBT therapists and a caseload of 40 clients, is the only full MBT treatment service in a public MH service outside Europe).
Robin is one of the anchor clinicians implementing MBT in NZ, and has been a leader in introducing best practice guidelines for BPD into the routine practice of a major mental health service. She first trained in MBT was in 2006 with Prof.’s Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy as part of a research trial to replicate the UK comparison of MBT-OP against Structured Clinical Management (SCM). Robin is also a graduate of the Westmead Post-graduate Diploma in Adult Psychotherapy programme (which is a training in the Conversational Model of Psychotherapy – an approach closely aligned to MBT). Additionally, Robin is a key member of the team that developed a 12-week explicit early intervention programme based on MBT-i for people with emotional dysregulation and self-harm problems that are not yet at the diagnostic threshold for BPD.
Barbara Farris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults in her private practice in Sarasota, Florida. She is a Certified Addictions Professional (International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium) and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor for the State of Florida. She received supervision and extensive clinical training for over a decade from Dr. Ralph Klein, M.D., (past clinical director, Masterson Institute to 2002, New York). This developmental/object relations training provides the foundation of her clinical practice. She is an accredited Mentalization-Based Therapy Supervisor. She received her MBT training through Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital under the direction of the Anna Freud Center with Dr. Peter Fonagy and Dr. Anthony Bateman. Barbara Farris received her MBT supervision and training under the mentorship of Dr. Brandon Unruh, M.D., Director of the MBT Training Clinic, Assistant Medical Director, Gunderson Residence, Assistant Director, Borderline Personality Training Institute, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. In addition, Barbara Farris has received extensive training in Co-Occurring Disorders through Hazelden/Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has experience providing individual and group treatment in a wide variety of settings. This includes Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital units and Missouri Rehabilitation Center for Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries . Barbara Farris currently provides MBT individual and group therapy in her private practice.
Andrea Ferries has worked as registered mental health Nurse for the past 15 years. She is a trainee adult psychotherapist. Andrea previously worked in NHSGGC specializing in Addiction services. She currently works in NHS Grampian Psychotherapy Department. Andrea runs an M.B.T programme designed for patients with Borderline personality disorder. This won the award for “Access to Psychological Therapies” category of The Mental Health Forum Awards in 2014. Andrea has set up and now supervises an M.B.T group for addiction services. She offers both individual and group M.B.T within the NHS. She supervises a range of M.B.T practitioners in Grampian. She has experience in delivering the M.B.T skills training programme. Andrea also works in private practice offering M.B.T.
Dr Marcella Fok MBChB MRCPsych MD(Res)
Dr Fok is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Waterview Centre, a Specialist Personality Disorder Unit at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Locally, she is developing a care pathway that expands access to patient-centred and psychologically-informed treatment for individuals with personality disorder, in non-specialist, community settings. She gained a doctorate in 2015 for her research on the health, mortality and service use of people with personality disorders in South London, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), King’s College London. She is a candidate of the British Psychoanalytic Association.
Her training in MBT started in 2010 whilst she was working at the Maudsley Hospital, and included a period working with the Halliwick Personality Disorder Service at St. Ann’s Hospital, under direct supervision by Professor Bateman. Dr Fok has been supervising individual and group MBT within her own teams in the NHS since 2015. She is currently involved in teaching MBT and setting up MBT in a youth service in Hong Kong. She works part-time in private practice and offers clinical supervision in Chinese (Cantonese), as well as English.
John Gaddes is a UKCP registered group analytic psychotherapist since 2004. He was previously a registered mental health nurse from 1990-2006. He has worked as a clinician in the field of adult mental health since 1990, firstly in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS foundation Trust and presently NHS Grampian. He is currently the clinical lead and manager for Psychotherapy services in the Moray directorate of NHS Grampian. He has developed service provision in Moray including an MBT approach. He has also been involved in the development of MBT Scotland since its conception. He provides training and supervision of MBT for NHS Grampian and the North of Scotland and has assisted in developing an MBT service approach in the north of Scotland. He is an experienced clinician in the field of personality disorder offering supervision, consultation and training.
Chris Gray RMN Highly Specialised Practitioner in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Chris has 25 years experience in mental health nursing having experience both in inpatient and community nursing and was part of an innovative psychiatric home treatment team which won an award for excellence in the community. He has additional training with the Scottish Institute of Human Relations achieving a post graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapeutic Practice. Chris has a specialist interest in MBT and has helped develop the Lansdowne Psychotherapy services MBT programme in the West of Glasgow. Chris also delivers MBT skills training and supports the rolling out of MBT skills to mental health professionals within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Robert Green, M. Psych. (Clin.); PG Dipl. of Comm. (Appl. Comp.)
Robert Green is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the community mental health service of the Canterbury District Health Board in Christchurch, New Zealand. In addition to his Clinical Psychology training, he is also a graduate of the Westmead Post-graduate Diploma in Adult Psychotherapy programme. Robert is part of a core group of clinicians in Christchurch who have worked to introduce MBT into the routine practice of a major mental health service. His MBT training was in 2006 and 2009, when Prof.’s Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy trained MBT therapists for the MindSight Programme. Robert has supervised the MBT programme since 2009, as well as being an MBT Therapist in the MindSight Programme. This service provides MBT-OP for up to 40 clients as part of the routine practice of a major community mental health service, with 8 half-time MBT Therapists. In addition, the MindSight team provides frequent trainings in Structured Clinical Management for clinicians in the local MH service and related NGO’s, and have developed a 12-week early intervention based on MBT-i to assist people presenting with early emotional dysregulation and self-harm problems.
Dr Patrick Grove is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and works as a Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Bedfordshire Complex Needs Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT). Patrick leads for CNS on SCM and MBT. Patrick has worked in Personality Disorder for 10 years offering individual and group treatment to people with Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) presentations. He has a particular interest in consultation, teaching and training. Patrick has offered over a hundred training sessions on working with complex interpersonal and emotional presentations and BPD to NHS, social care and non-statutory services. Patrick has taught courses and run seminars on numerous doctoral psychology courses in London. In 2019, Patrick won the inaugural Robert Dolan Award for Leadership within ELFT, in recognition for his work as Operational Lead at the Tower Hamlets Personality Disorders in East London, his input to service pathways and consultation on complex cases in Tower Hamlets, and contributions to Trust strategy. The Tower Hamlets team also won the Royal College of Psychiatry (RCPsych) Team of the Year Award in 2019 while Patrick co-led the service. Patrick offers private MBT supervision to individuals and NHS Services and private training to organisations working with complex mental health presentations.
Emma Hickey is a HCPC registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Trust Lead for Mentalisation Based Treatment in the North West Boroughs Healthcare (NWBH) NHS Foundation Trust. Emma first trained in MBT in 2007. Emma and colleagues established MBT within the NWBH Trust in 2012 and since then she has practiced, supervised and clinically led MBT. She has been engaged in specialist supervision with Anthony Bateman since 2012.
Dr Martin Humphrey, BA(Oxon), BSc, MBBS(Lon), MRCPsych.
Dr Martin Humphrey is a consultant psychiatrist trained in psychotherapy and forensic psychiatry, working for the SW London & St George's NHS Trust as clinical lead in a specialist team working with people suffering chronic psychological distress, the Richmond Personality Disorder Intensive Treatment Team, using Mentalisation Based Treatment. He is also Clinical Director for Kingston and Richmond. He has been working in MBT since 2006. Until 2014 he also led, having set up, the Broadmoor MBT programme. As an Associate Trainer and Supervisor at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in MBT he has delivered training and supervision since 2009 in his own Trusts and in Italy (University of Pavia), Switzerland (University of Geneva) and currently in Madrid. He works in English in combination with French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German where necessary. He has spoken on clinical work with MBT in a variety of settings, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress (Edinburgh), at the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy Congress (Konstanz), at the University of Udine (Italy) and in Holland.
Matti Isosävi is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in Helsinki, Finland. He led the first implementation or Mentalization Based Treatment program in the country at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa. At the moment Matti works as a private practitioner of psychotherapy, training and supervising healthcare professionals. Currently he’s main interests lie in using qualitative methods to study the psychotherapeutic interaction, especially in MBT, and applying MBT in short term psychotherapy setting.
Robin Kissell, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Between 2005 and 2016 she was director of the Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative, a residency-training clinic founded on MBT and designed after the original day-hospital program at Halliwick Unit. Currently she is Director of The Mentalizing Initiative, a non-profit organization offering training to community-based clinicians in MBT and other treatments for those with personality disorders known to enhance mentalizing. She was trained in MBT by Peter Fonagy, Anthony Bateman and Trudie Rossouw and supervised in MBT by Anthony Bateman. In addition to keeping a busy private practice, she supervises clinicians in MBT, teaches the core-curriculum on personality disorders to psychiatry trainees, consults to clinical teams and research projects implementing MBT and speaks frequently at conferences on personality and personality disorders.
Dr. Matti Tapio Keinänen, MD, PhD
Matti Keinänen is a senior lecturer in psychiatry in Turku University and a senior lecturer in clinical psychology in Jyvaskyla University in Finland. He is also a training and supervising psychotherapist and a psychotherapy educator in Finland. He has worked earlier as a chief psychiatrist in Finnish Student Service in Turku. He has retired from the chief psychiatrist work and is working now as a training and supervising psychotherapist and as a psychotherapy educator. After he carried out MBT courses in Anna Freud Centre (led by Anthony Bateman, Peter Fonagy and Linda Treliving) he has done since 2009 regularly MBT work, first in individual mode of MBT, and since 2014 also regularly MBT group therapy in Finnish Student Health Service. Matti Keinänen´s research work has focussed on the study of the influencing mechanisms of psychotherapy. His special interest has been the research on the psychotherapy of borderline personality disorder. He has published in this research area several articles in international peer reviewed scientific journals and the psychotherapy book titled Psychosemiosis as a Key to Body-Mind Continuum: The Reinforcement of Symbolization-Reflectiveness in Psychotherapy (Nova Science Publishers, New York). He is also a member of the national committee making Finnish practice guidelines for the treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder. He is now with his colleagues implementing the first MBT-team in Helsinki and Uusimaa Mental Health District in Finland. The implementation process includes two years MBT-education with the regular supervision process and the implementation is done in cooperation with Anna Freud Centre. Matti Keinänen holds also with his colleague three days MBT courses and he has written several articles about MBT in Finnish psychotherapy journals. He provides with his colleagues the training material from MBT to Mentalhub (a collection of evidence based therapies in internet) of Helsinki and Uusimaa Mental Health District.
Daniel A. Kupper, Ph.D is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles where he supervises and teaches residents about psychodynamic approaches to personality disorders. He was trained in MBT by Peter Fonagy, Anthony Bateman, and Trudie Roussow, and was supervised by Anthony Bateman. He is an accredited MBT Tutor (Los Angeles Training Center) and Practitioner, and served as Senior MBT Psychotherapist and Supervisor at UCLA’s Borderline Personality Initiative. He maintains an active independent practice, consults with treatment teams setting up MBT programs, supervises clinicians engaged in MBT training, and teaches seminars on MBT to psychology graduate students and clinician groups.
Avril Leonard is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, who qualified with a Masters of Clinical Science Psychotherapy from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2003. She is registered with United Kingdom Council Psychotherapy under the CPJA section. Prior to this she qualified as a social worker in 1987 and worked in community mental health teams in Kent until 2003. She then worked as a psychotherapist in Psychological services for 10 years and during this time set up an MBTI and MBT implicit group program. She works at the Brenchley Specialist Personality Disorders Service as a Principal Psychotherapist since 2013 and has been instrumental in setting up the Specialist Mentalization-Based Therapy service at the Brenchley in 2017, which consists of a 12 week MBTI group, weekly MBT implicit and creative groups and weekly individual sessions over an 18 month period. She is supervising the first MBT program in East Kent in 2019. She completed the MBT Basic, Advanced, Training the Trainers and supervisors training. She continues to practice as an accredited MBT therapist, offers supervision and training in MBT both in the NHS and private practice.
Rachael Line is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist in the North West Boroughs Healthcare (NWBH) NHS Foundation Trust. Rachael attended the foundation training for MBT in 2010 and the advanced training course in 2012 and since then has been practising and supervising MBT. In 2014-15 she trained in MBT for ASPD and was involved in a multi-site RCT looking at whether MBT is effective at reducing aggressive anti-social behaviour in offenders under probation who meet criteria for ASPD. She has been supervised by Anthony Bateman since 2012.
Vali Maduro de Gateño, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Analyst in Private Practice, Panama, Republic of Panama. For the past 20 years Vali has treated individuals, couples and families. She is part of the faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC and Panama, also a co-founder of Centro Mentalizar Panama, where she trains and supervises mental Health professional in mentalization-based Therapy. She is one of two Spanish Speaking Master Trainers for the American Association of Suicidology where she trains Mental Health professionals to evaluate and treat patients at risk. Vali earned her B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University, her Masters in Psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology, her Post Graduate Studies in Object Relations Theory and Therapy from the International Psychology Institute, her Ph.D. from California Southern University and her Psychoanalyst certificate from the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI).
Glòria Mateu i Vives (PhD)
Glòria Mateu i Vives qualified as Psychoanalytic psychotherapist both individual and group. She initially qualified first as teacher (nursery, primary and secondary school), educational psychotherapist and since 1987 as Psychoanalytic psychotherapist and consultant.
Clinical Associate at Tavistock Centre and visitor member at Anna Freud Centre. Working both at public and private sector. EFPP Former European adults delegate Member. Member of FEAP and GASI.
Up to 2008 she developed an interest in the treatment of personality disorder and she started to develop an MBT outpatients treatment service for people with personality disorder at Sant Pere Claver- Fundació Sanitària.
Her interest are MBT-BDP, Elderly people and Groups and the fusion, Integration and coherence between Educational settings and Mental Health services.
Evelyn McCabe MB MRCPsych
Dr Evelyn McCabe is a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry/ Special Interest Psychotherapy. She works with HSE West,Ireland; Galway/Roscommon. In 2012 she developed and ran the first Mentalization Based Therapy treatment programme in the Republic of Ireland and has extensive experience in setting up and running MBT programmes and Mentalizing skills training. She developed and is clinical lead of a multidisciplinary MBT team embedded within her general adult psychiatry multidisciplinary team. This team delivers a Mentalization Based Therapy program for Borderline Personality Disorder, Attachment disorders and Psychiatric disorders co-morbid with Cluster B personality disorders in the West of Ireland. She trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Irish Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy/ Trinity College Dublin. Evelyn is Specialist psychotherapy tutor and educational supervisor at the Irish College of Psychiatrists National University of Ireland Galway Deanery. She is a psychiatry rotation trainee supervisor at the Irish College of General Practitioners. She is a tutor on the MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Trinity College Dublin. She is an honorary senior clinical lecturer in psychiatry and psychotherapy at National University of Ireland, Galway. Evelyn trained in Basic and Advanced Mentalization Based Therapy at The Anna Freud Centre with Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy. She completed the course on Delivering Mentalizing Skills to Mental Health Practitioners at the Anna Freud Centre and is a Mentalizing skills trainer. She is an associate tutor with the Réseau Francophone TBM, actively involved in delivering MBT trainings through French in Geneva and Paris. She is an associate trainer on the basic training course in MBT run through the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and University College London, assisting at trainings in Dublin, Ireland.
Kirsty-Anne McEwan is a Specialist Nurse Therapist employed in the NHS Grampian Psychotherapy Department. Kirsty-Anne has worked for the NHS for over 15 years in both Acute Psychiatry and community roles. She brings with her experience from time spent travelling and working in various different mental health settings in Australia. Her present role covers assessment and treatment of complex cases, including Tier 4 patients, treatment can include individual and group psychodynamic work. Kirsty Anne is a fully qualified Mentalization based practitioner and supervisor, delivering treatment packages to both patients and hospital wide staff in the teaching and supervising of staff working within this field. Kirsty-Anne has been involved in developing a mentaliation (MBT) based programme ‘The HUB day programme’ which won the Practice Excellence Award in 2014 for Increasing Access to psychological therapies. Kirsty-Anne continues to be actively involved with MBT Scotland and the delivery of MBT skills within NHS Grampian and throughout Scotland.
Dr Stuart Mitchell is a HCPC registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Trust Lead for Personality Disorder in the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. He is a trained Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and DBT therapist. He trained in basic and advanced MBT with Anthony Bateman & Peter Fonagy in 2006/8 and in MBT skills with Anthony and Linda Treliving in 2012, and is an MBT trainer. Stuart has developed a PD Pathway in his Trust, and now is service lead for the Trust-wide PD Hub team. He has been practising MBT since 2006, including running full programme MBT, individual MBT and MBTi. He has been engaged in specialist supervision with Linda Treliving, and is supervising an MBT team of psychologists, nurses and OT’s.
Dr Sara Morando
Dr Sara Morando is a consultant psychiatrist leading a Personality Disorder Service in the NHS in East London since 2016. Prior to this, she was a consultant in Eating Disorders for 4 years.
She specialises in the treatment of personality disorders, complex trauma and eating disorders. She trained in Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) at supervisor level, MBT for families, EMDR for complex trauma, CBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy.
In her NHS job she offers clinical and MBT supervision to her personality disorder team and to doctors in training; she offers MBT, EMDR and MBT for families to patient with personality disorders and complex trauma; she facilitates reflective practice groups for inpatient wards, training and consultation to inpatient and community psychiatric services for the management of personality disorders and complex presentations, psychotherapy training to psychiatry and GP trainees.
She also works in private practice as a consultant psychiatrist and MBT supervisor.
She has been practising MBT since 2008, when she completed her training as a practitioner, working with personality disorders and complex eating disorder patients. She has been supervising eating disorder teams and personality disorder teams since 2012, when she contributed to the adaptation of MBT to eating disorders during the NOURISHED study, led by Dr Paul Robinson.
She is completing a PhD in Mental Health ScIences at UCL on mentalization and eating disorders, supervised by Prof Peter Fonagy and Dr Paul Robinson.
Dr. Rogelio Moreno completed his psychiatry training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in 2001. In 2002 he completed a fellowship in Consultation & Liason Psychiatry at the same college and obtained his certificate as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist from the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a supervisor at the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program at Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama. He has lectured in several psychology and psychiatry congresses, conferences and courses at national level. He has an interest in teaching, and has a deep interest in mentalizing theory and practice and in neuroscience and its implications for clinical work. He works in private practice at Centro Medico Paitilla in Panama, where he also serves as a board member.
Andrew Mottram is a senior clinical psychologist at Spectrum Personality Disorder Service, a specialist centre for adults with severe and complex personality disorders located in Melbourne, Australia. His work with Spectrum’s MBT Clinic includes the provision of long-term group and individual MBT treatment as well as MBT-specific supervision and training to clinicians from across the state of Victoria. His clinical work has been supervised by Professor Anthony Bateman for several years. Through Spectrum’s Complex Care Service Andrew also provides direct treatment and system-level consultation for teams around particularly complex clinical cases throughout the state.
Andrew has worked with severe and complex personality disorder in a variety of public health settings since 2010, utilising various therapeutic modalities including DBT and ACT before focusing solely on MBT from 2016 onwards. He is passionate about MBT and the value it holds for both consumers and clinicians, and is enthusiastic about its advancement in the Australian context.
Anna Motz is an HPC registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Adult Psychotherapist accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service, Oxford where she runs The Lighthouse MBT-P, an MBT- P programme with Gerry Byrne. She is an Independent Consultant for the Institute of Mental Health and a Visiting Tutor at the Tavistock Clinic. She has run MBT groups with antisocial men with personality disorder in Oxford and is a supervisor in MBT ASPD for the Anna Freud Centre, as part of the RCT project funded by NOMS and led by Dr Jessica Yakeley and Professor Anthony Bateman, and supervises teams in Avon, Devon and Cornwall and Wales. She is also an MBT ASPD supervisor for teams in Dublin, who run these groups within the prison service.
Owen Muir, M.D. is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Owen is the medical director of Brooklyn Minds, A private group mental health practice in Brooklyn, New York. He also holds an appointment at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, a state hospital in the New York State Office of Mental Health system. His undergraduate education at Amherst College in Massachusetts, and received his medical doctorate at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed adult psychiatry residency training at the Hofstra – Northwell School of Medicine Program in general psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital. He currently has a faculty appointment as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, and has previously held appointments at NYU and Hofstra-Northwell SOM.
As an MBT supervisor, he has performed extended MBT trainings In the novel settings including the children’s state hospital, A school for one on one education, and the Ellenhorn PACT team (with Carlene Macmillan). He has over 30 publications, presentations and other academic activities related to disseminating MBT. His research interests are in finding novel ways to assess mentalizing and clinical research into adaptations for children and adolescents, as well as exploring the role of deep transcranial magnetic stimulation in mentalizing.
Dr Julian Nesci is a clinical psychologist working in Melbourne, Australia. As a senior clinician with Spectrum, the Personality Disorder Service for Victoria, Julian works in both the MBT Clinic and Complex Care Programmes. Within the MBT Clinic, Julian provides individual and group treatment for adults with personality disorders, and supervision. Spectrum’s MBT clinic has been supervised by Professor Anthony Bateman for a number of years. Within Spectrum’s Complex Care Service, Julian provides secondary consultation to systems, as well as primary treatment to consumers, often with an MBT-focus.
Prior to his clinical work with Spectrum, Julian has worked in both public and private sectors for over 10 years. This has included working with adults with severe eating disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings, adult inpatients, day programs for adults with BPD, and adolescents in custodial and community forensic settings.
Julian has been published in the areas of both borderline personality disorder, and eating disorders. He is eager to develop MBT-focused research, and to support the development and supervision of MBT practitioners within Australia.
Liesbet Nijssens is a clinical psychologist and licensed psychodynamic psychotherapist in Belgium. She has experience in individual and group MBT, and has been working in day hospital and intensive outpatient MBT programs for patients with borderline personality disorders at de Viersprong, a specialized treatment institute for personality disorders in the Netherlands. Currently, she is engaged in MBT-P, an adaptation of MBT for parents with personality disorders and their infants. She is also involved in research on parental reflective functioning at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Liesbet is certified by the AFNCCF as an international MBT practitioner, supervisor and trainer. She works for MBT the Netherlands and MBT Belgium, where she provides training and supervision in MBT, and supports treatment teams who are setting up MBT programs.
Dr Jon Patrick is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and Forensic Psychotherapy. He has experience of setting up, delivering and supervising group and individual MBT and MBT-i in outpatient, inpatient and secure settings. He has previously led MBT Services in the Community and in Forensic Settings. Additionally, he has a major interest in training staff in MBT skills and using mentalizing principles to help psychologically inform clinical environments, including in prisons, hospitals and most recently the A+E department in Edinburgh. Jon is an MBT Trainer with the Anna Freud Centre and MBT Scotland.
Lynn has over 35 years’ experience working with infants, children, adolescents and their families in health, education, and private practice contexts. Lynn also has a solid work history in academia leading Clinical Psychology and Master of Infant Mental Health programmes where she introduced many postgraduate students to MBT. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in which she focuses on relationship issues, perinatal infant–early childhood mental health, family functioning, parenting, parent-infant psychotherapy. Lynn began her training in MBT and Reflective Functioning in 2006 and received group supervision from Professor Bateman for several years from 2011. Lynn is part of an innovative team in Perth who are introducing MBT–Mediation to the field. Lynn currently provides consultation, training and supervision for many psychologists and IMH practitioners locally and internationally. Lynn plays a significant role in advocacy for infants and young families and is a past president of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) and also of the West Australian Branch of AAIMHI.
David Rawlinson is a Consultant Psychotherapist and Head of Berkshire Complex Needs Service in Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Group Analyst and has 27 years’ experience working in the NHS with Personality Disorder in both day patient and outpatient settings. He leads a team of therapists working in an MBT programme for 80 patients and has practiced MBT in both group and individual settings. He holds an MSc in Group Analytic Psychotherapy and an MA in Psychoanalytic Consultation to Organisations. He has several publications in journals book chapters.
Dr Matt Ruggiero is a Counselling Psychologist in Perth, Australia. He runs MBT for individuals and groups at Lifespan Psychology Centre, with a focus on treating both adolescents with emerging personality disorder and parents/children engaging with Child Protection services. He supervises clinical teams implementing MBT in the Western Australian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and is lead consultant for the implementation of MBT as a model of practice at the Perth Children’s Hospital Mental Health Inpatient unit. Matt teaches, and conducts research into, developmental psychology at Curtin University and is lead researcher on a Phase One trial testing the efficacy of MBT in family violence mediations at the University of Western Australia. Matt sits on the WA Health Department Personality Disorder steering committee.
Mark Sampson is a HCPC registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He is Lead in Personality Disorder for North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Mark has been qualitied in MBT since 2012 (attending the both foundation and advanced training course). He has been supervised by Anthony Bateman since 2012. Mark was a member of the NICE guideline development group for Borderline Personality Disorder in 2009. He also works with Anthony Bateman on delivering Structured Clinical Management Training via the Anna Freud Centre.
Pedro Sanz is Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. He works in Madrid at Hospital 12 de Octubre (NHS) where he leads the Multiprofessional Teaching Unit of Psychiatry and Mental Health. His clinical work is at the Serious Mental Disorders Unit, where he coordinates the MBT BPD program. Member of Madrid IPA Institute of psychoanalysis (APM). He was trained at the Anna Freud Centre on MBT and coordinated the first official MBT supervision team in Spain, supervised by Martin Humphrey and Linda Treliving. Since then he has collaborated by disseminating MBT in Spain, through several introductory courses, workshops, supervision and collaborating as local organizer in MBT official courses un Madrid. Recently, with the other members of his group has co-funded the Spanish Society for MBT (SETBM). Now he is working on MBT adaptations on Psychosis.
Dr Jake Shaw is an HCPC registered Consultant Forensic Psychologist working for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. He has been practising MBT since 2010 and has experience of setting up, delivering and supervising group and individual MBT and MBTi programmes in a number of UK prisons, as well as delivering MBT in secure and community forensic mental health settings. His research interests have focused on the effectiveness of consultative and therapeutic services for forensic service users with personality disorder. He is currently on the trial steering committee for the national randomised controlled trial (RCT) into MBT for Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). He was previously involved in establishing and evaluating the pilots of the community model of the current UK Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Strategy. He has subsequently taken a lead role in the implementation and evaluation of a number of forensic personality disorder services. These include the Community OPD service alongside the National Probation Service (NPS) in London, setting up an AMBIT informed outreach and therapies service at HMYOI Aylesbury and more latterly working as Clinical and Strategic Lead of the Pathways Services within the Sheppey prisons in Kent. These services include two Psychologically Informed Planned Environment (PIPE) wings and a therapies and outreach service at HMP Swaleside, as well as a separate resettlement service at HMP Standford Hill.
Simon Shaw is a Senior Adult Psychotherapist at the Touchstone Centre, part of South London and Maudsley’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Croydon Personality Disorder Service, based at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. This provides intensive MBT treatment programmes for patients with severe borderline personality disorder, offering a full range of MBT groups and individual MBT. Simon has been a registered mental health nurse since 1997, and has experience working on the acute adult inpatient wards at the Maudsley Hospital. From 2003-2013 he worked as a psychotherapist at the Cawley Centre, a specialist personality disorder service, gaining extensive experience of individual and group therapy with people with personality disorders. During this time he also completed his training as a BPC-registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre. In his current role, he is involved in the full range of individual and group MBT treatment at Touchstone Centre, as well as supervising MBT therapists. He has received MBT advanced training, MBT-F training, and MBT supervisors’ training, and is now an accredited MBT supervisor with the Anna Freud Centre.
Dr Emma Smith is a Chartered and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist. She is the Mentalisation-Based Treatment Team Manager in Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust Personality Disorder Service. She has been practising MBT since 2012 including MBT groups, ndividual sessions and MBTi. She has engaged in specialist supervision with Professor Anthony Bateman and is experienced in supervising a team of psychologists, nurses and trainees in the application of MBT.
I have worked as a mental health nurse within psychodynamic psychotherapy departments in Greater Glasgow and Clyde for 27 years delivering a range of treatments. Over the last 10 years I have been developing my understanding of mentalizing while working with others in services to implement mentalization based treatment. I have an interest in how mentalization can be used within the wider mental health system and have been a skills trainer for a number of years, delivering and supporting staff to use a mentalizing approach within their daily clinical practice. Recently I have completed the requirements as a mentalizing supervisor and am working with colleagues to support the development of a governance framework around the progression of MBT and sustainability of services.
Margie has over 20 years’ perinatal mental health experience working with infants, children and their families in public and private health systems. Margie is the Senior Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Coordinator at Karitane, a parenting organisation where she practices MBT and applies MBT principles in supervision to clinical psychologists, postgraduate students, advanced trainees in Psychiatry and mental health workers in juvenile justice and child protection. Margie maintains a private practice delivering clinical services to adults and children and education and clinical supervision to MBT practitioners. She is an accredited MBT supervisor and has been supervised by Professor Anthony Bateman since 2011. Margie is also an accredited practitioner of the infant-parent therapy Watch, Wait and Wonder and has trained in the use of the Parent Development Interview to assess Parental Reflective Functioning. She is Chair of the NSW branch of the APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group.
Cath Sunderland qualified as an RMN in 1997, following a BA hons in Sociology, and as a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (Arbours Association) in 2005. She has worked at Halliwick Personality Disorder Service since 2002 where she has delivered individual and group MBT to patient’s with borderline personality disorder and has participated in the research studies and the development of the Mentalisation-Based Therapy approach under the direction of Professor Anthony Bateman. Cath was the clinical lead for the day hospital part of the service between 2007-2011. Since 2013 she has been the Stream Lead in the service when it became newly configured as both a specialist MBT service and CMHT for borderline patients. Cath has supervised individuals and groups in MBT, and delivers in-house training in MBT to clinicians in the service. Cath was a member of the Arbours Psychotherapy training committee between 2010-2014 and she taught sessions on self harm, borderline and narcissistic pathology as well as tutoring trainees and delivering group supervision.
Dr Richard Taylor is Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy. He currently works as the Clinical Lead of the South of Scotland Regional Eating Disorders Unit, Edinburgh. He also works one day a week in the Dept. of Psychotherapy at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Richard is trained in individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapy . He is a trainer and supervisor in Interpersonal Psychotherapy with IPT-UK and Dynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF). Richard is also a national trainer and supervisor in Metalisation Based Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorders at the AFNCCF and with MBT Scotland. Currently , he is part of a multi-disciplinary research group in NHS Lothian, looking at the effects of offering brief interventions for patients attending in crisis at front door psychiatric services . He has developed an adaptation for BPD patients in particular. Richard is also leading on a research and humanitarian project to bring IPT-Group to rural areas of Tanzania - disseminating the WHO 'mhGAP' strategies for mental health in developing countries.
Dr Linda Treliving, recently retired Consultant Psychiatrist in psychotherapy and head of Psychotherapy Department NHS Grampian. Now re employed part time as Consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy at HMP Grampian working with women offenders with diagnosis of personality disorder in an MBT informed environment. Chair of Scottish personality Disorder Network a Government funded network for users carers and professionals and Chair of MBT Scotland, member of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families global network of organisations authorised to disseminate MBT.
Dra. Nuria Tur Salamanca is a psychiatrist, head of the Child an Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Hospital Clínico “San Carlos” (NHS) in Madrid. She is also Psychotherapist, member of Madrid IPA Institute of psychoanalysis. She teaches and supervises medical students at Universidad Complutense in Madrid and leads the Psychotherapy Training Unit for mental health residents. She was trained at the Anna Freud Centre on MBT and is a member of the first official MBT supervision team in Spain. Trained as well in MBT child and adolescents, she has supervised the translation to spanish language of Bateman & Fonagy’s MBT-BPD and Midgley et al´s MBT-C Manuals. She has co-founded de Spanish Society for MBT (SETBM) and collaborates spreading MBT in Spain, through several introductory courses, workshops and supervision. She has special interest in applying evidence based psychotherapeutic treatments to public mental health services.
Brandon Unruh, M.D.
Brandon Unruh is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of the McLean Hospital MBT Training Clinic, a program he created to deliver insurance-based empirically validated outpatient treatment and train interested clinicians in MBT. He is also the assistant medical director of the Gunderson Residence, an intensive specialized residential program for women with severe personality disorders. His clinical approach across various treatment settings is anchored in the integration of evidence-based treatments such as Mentalization-Based Treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, and Good Psychiatric Management. As assistant director of McLean’s BPD Training Institute, he is dedicated to making these treatments more accessible to patients and clinicians around the world. He is a tutor in the basic and practitioner level MBT trainings offered annually in Boston and leads a supplementary 8-week online group training curriculum to assist clinicians in applying what is taught in the MBT manual and intensive trainings. He also offers ongoing group and individual supervision in MBT via online videoconferencing. He has published on a variety of topics including BPD, medical ethics, general hospital psychiatry, and literature and medicine. His academic interests include the convergence of philosophical, spiritual, and psychological issues.
Sue Wallace is a Group Analyst, MBT therapist and Supervisor based in Sunderland Tyne and Weir. Previously a member of the Homelessness and Personality Disorder Team in Glasgow for ten years, she maintains a special interest in Borderline Personality Disorder. Although now living South of the Border Sue retains connections with MBT Scotland and hopes to continue to deliver MBT skills trainings with them.
Dr Andy Williams is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, dual trained in Medical Psychotherapy and General Adult Psychiatry. She trained with the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is Clinical Lead for the Personality Disorder and Homelessness Team within Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and is a member of the MBT Scotland Core Group. She has experience setting up, delivering and supervising individual and group MBT and MBT-i, and has a particular interest in the delivery and evaluation of the MBT skills model for general psychiatric staff, including a research interest. She is chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland working group on personality disorders.
Dr Emma Williamson, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) Psychology in Hostels Services. Since 2011 Emma has led multi-award winning MBT-informed ‘Psychologically Informed Environments’ and ‘Trauma-Informed Care’ initiatives across London – recognising that homelessness requires a cross-sector partnership approach that includes the health sector. Emma is an MBT Practitioner, Anna Freud accredited MBT trainer and completed her supervisors training with Dr Anthony Bateman in 2015. Since then Emma has led initiatives to support third sector homeless organisations across central London to become MBT-informed and supervises a team of MBT trained Psychologists and Psychotherapists to apply the model in innovative settings as a coherent psychological framework for delivering ‘Psychologically Informed Environments’. Alongside her NHS role, Emma has developed www.aneemo.com state of the art online Learning Management System training for social care and voluntary sector staff working with complex needs groups. She teaches on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Kings College IOPPN, is a published author and national trainer and organisational consultant.
Jessica Yakeley is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy and Director of the Portman Clinic, and Director of Medical Education, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society and Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Her particular fields of interest and research include antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), violence, paraphilias, risk, psychiatric training, and psychodynamic methods of teaching about the doctor patient relationship. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and chapters, and six books including the textbook The Oxford Specialist Handbook of Medical Psychotherapy, and Learning About Emotions in Illness. She is Vice Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychotherapy Faculty, Research Lead for the British Psychoanalytic Council, and Research Lead for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Medical Student Psychotherapy Scheme National Strategy, aimed at recruiting medical students into psychiatry from all medical schools in the UK. Between 2014 and 2020 she led the national development of MBT community treatment services based in the National Probation Service as part of a large multi-site RCT of MBT for ASPD within the National Offender Personality Disorder Programme.