What is Mentalization-Based Therapy?

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Mentalization-Based Therapy helps individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. MBT posits that people with BPD have issues seeing how their mental states affect their actions, specifically their interpersonal relationships. This ability is called “mentalization.”

MBT’s goal is to help people’s capacity for mentalization. The first step in MBT is to name and understand emotional states, including emotions, thoughts about feelings, and gut reactions to situations. After practicing understanding emotions, your MBT counselor will help you employ strategies to regulate your emotional expressions. MBT also aims to increase your self-regulatory ability, so you don’t act impulsively on emotion.

From there, your MBT therapist continues the process of helping you understand your various emotional states throughout your life experiences. This greater understanding leads to self-awareness, which also can help you manage your reactions to emotions.

Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder benefit from MBT, but anyone interested in emotional regulation or developing interpersonal relationships can too.

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