Is MBT for me?


Is MBT For Me?

Is MBT For Me?

By David Carrillo, LPC-MHSP

Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) is an evidenced-based treatment (meaning it has lots of research behind it) which was originally designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. However, like many therapies and counseling techniques, its range has grown beyond its original purpose to include many mood disorders and to address self-harm behaviors.

At its core, MBT focuses on repairing unhealthy attachments and building trust, in addition to helping provide stability for chaotic relationship patterns. Of the therapies under a similar umbrella, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), MBT is arguably the easiest to “pick up and start.”

Perfect MBT clients say that people describe them as:

  • Needy

  • Dramatic

  • Intense

  • Suspicious/Untrusting

  • Co-dependent

So what exactly IS “attachment?” The video below can help explain and highlight an example of the importance of building and maintaining healthy attachments. There’s never a “best” or “easy” time to begin therapy so if anything mentioned here applies you, don ‘t get stuck planning. Get started.

Spoiler Alert: There is a potentially emotional part to this video but it all ends well.