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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila M. Dowd, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This guide introduces the concept of mentalization and reviews the application of the therapeutic techniques. It serves as a companion to the original book published in 2004, Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Mentalization-Based Treatment (Oxford University Press, 2004)
Purpose: The purpose is to provide practitioners with the techniques and steps to treat borderline personality disorder with mentalization-based therapy, which was developed by the authors. This is a very difficult disorder to treat and, in addition to the patient's distress, it can be stressful for the treatment team. This book is successful in presenting an interesting formulation and intervention.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is aimed at those who provide care for these patients including nurses and mental health professionals. They have written it for those less experienced but hope seasoned practitioners will benefit as well. This is the authors' second publication in the area of mentalization-based therapy and they have several articles in the literature.
Features: The book begins by reviewing the mentalization model and how to use this framework to understand borderline personality disorder. It then reviews the intervention, starting with introducing the diagnosis and treatment to the patient. A nice component of the book is that the authors frequently address specific issues related to treating this population. The book then proceeds to review the format of Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) in a day hospital or outpatient center, with both individual and group formats. The book concludes with a section of frequently asked questions and an appendix with questionnaires. The authors are quite aware of the struggles and questions likely to come from treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder.
Assessment: Mentalization-Based Treatment builds on existing treatments for borderline personality disorder and this book offers a concise guide that clinicians can use in their practice.