Transference-Focused Psychotherapy in Australian psychiatric training and practice

  title={Transference-Focused Psychotherapy in Australian psychiatric training and practice},
  author={Louise Doss Martin and Bonita Lloyd and Paul Cammell and Frank E. Yeomans},
  journal={Australasian Psychiatry},
  pages={233 - 235}
Objective: This article discusses Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, a contemporary evidence-based and manualised form of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder. Transference focused psychotherapy has evolved from decades of research in the object-relations approach developed by Professor Otto Kernberg and his collaborators. It is being adopted increasingly throughout North and South America and Europe, and this article explores the role its adoption might play in… 
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