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Preeminent psychoanalyst Otto Kernberg doesn’t back down in this series of three diagnostic Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) sessions with a paranoid client struggling with suicidal depression after being left by his girlfriend.
Prepare to be awed by a master in action with this comprehensive video featuring the venerable psychotherapist Otto Kernberg. Watch this leading figure demonstrate Transference-Focused Therapy (TFP), a highly interactive approach to assessing and working with severe personality disorders - hardly the passive, blank-slate psychotherapy of yesteryear that you might expect. Indeed, you’ll be fascinated by Kernberg’s authenticity and deft handling of a client who presents a range of clinical and relational challenges.
Alfred, a 40-year-old night receptionist, has recently suffered an abrupt breakup with his girlfriend of four years. Despondent, he suspects that her therapists have influenced her to leave him - and wonders if Kernberg might be against him, too. In a style that manages to be both respectful and confrontational, Kernberg skillfully uncovers the details of Alfred’s story, including his heavy drinking and violent behavior, and presents interpretations that give him a clearer picture of his predicament. Leveraging Alfred’s paranoid transference, Kernberg manages to strengthen the therapeutic alliance and gain commitment to ongoing treatment.
You’ll find a demonstration of TFP assessment and technique here, with plenty of commentary along the way to highlight Kernberg’s objectives. This video presents three full sessions, giving you a wealth of material and a rare opportunity to learn from one of the leading figures in modern psychoanalytic theory and practice.
This video is part of the series Three Approaches to Personality Disorders. You can expand your knowledge and skills even further by watching two other masters - DBT pioneer Marsha Linehan and cognitive therapist Art Freeman - work with the same compelling client.
A classic in the making, this video is a must for therapists looking to understand more about transference dynamics, present-moment tracking, assessment of borderline and other personality disorders, and adopting the objective stance that creates safety and self-awareness.
Alfred, a 40-year-old client seamlessly portrayed by Dutch actor Henk Grashuis, is an extremely challenging client who manifests significant Axis II issues. This solitary night receptionist struggles with suicidal ideation, anger, and a sense that he has been treated unfairly by his sister and ex-girlfriend—all of which is hidden behind a brittle defensiveness that could spark a strong countertransference reaction in many therapists. Kernberg patiently conducts an initial assessment interspersed with Transference-Focused Psychotherapy techniques, including diagnostic “structural interviewing” regarding symptoms, personality, degree of identity diffusion or integration, and reality testing.
Relational, analytic, and attachment-oriented, Kernberg attends to Alfred in an engaged yet neutral way that gradually allows him to speak with less caution, reveal a desire for connection, and commit to further therapy. Relentless in his commitment to his client, Kernberg graciously offers us a substantial primer on TFP that’s sure to leave you impressed and inspired.
By watching this video, you will:
- Learn the four principles of TFP’s “structural interview” model.
- Understand how a TFP therapist assesses for personality disorders and obtains commitment to therapy.
- Identify elements of TFP style and strategy to use with your own clients.
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Otto Kernberg, MD is the Director of the Personality Disorder Institute at the New Your Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Joan and Sandford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and is the Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has received numerous awards for his excellence in Psychiatry and has authored or coauthored over twenty books.
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