ISTFP Conference, 6th Biennial

September 27-29, 2020, Innsbruck, Austria

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Program Details To Follow

The meeting will follow the ESSPD International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder and Allied Disorders (Antwerp, Belgium, September 2020; see

Upcoming Seminars, Courses and Events

An Introduction to Transference-Focused Psychotherapy: Its Application to Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders

Los Angeles, CA, Friday January 31 – Saturday February 1, 2020

Course Description: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy is grounded in contemporary psychoanalytic theory since we believe that psychoanalytic thinking has much to offer in terms of understanding and treating personality disorders. However, our approach includes specific modifications of technique to address the therapeutic needs of patients with borderline and other personality disorders.

Main Presenter: Diana Diamond, PhD (more…)

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) Foundational Training

China, Part 2: 17-21 February 2020

Presenter: Dr Tennyson Lee FRCPsych

Venue: 19th Floor, No. 5 Xicun, Beisen Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu,
Hosted by: Si Chuan He Guang Clinical Psychology Institute (more…)

Training in Transference Focused Psychotherapy

Madrid, Spain, February to July 2020

Formación en Psicoterapia Focalizada en la Transferencia (Training in Transference Focused Psychotherapy)

Location: Gregorio Marañón University Hospital. Madrid, Spain (more…)

TFP Training — Second Year

Budapest, Hungary — February 27 and 28, 2020

Instructor: Judit Lendvay MD

The upcoming, February 27-28 course is taught in Hungarian by Judit Lendvay and it is the 4th 2-day seminar of the 6th class. (The website is (more…)

Evidence Based Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: Clinical and Ethical Considerations

February 27th, 2020, Louisville, KY, USA

Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.
Kentucky Psychological Association
Workshop Location: Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center Lectorium, 901 S. 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203 (more…)

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for working with patients with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Features

February 28th, 2020, Louisville, KY, USA

Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.
Kentucky Psychological Association
Workshop Location: Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center Lectorium, 901 S. 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203 (more…)

TFP Professionals: Register here to join the ISTFP!

New Books on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Fundamentals of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy book

Drs. Hersh, Caligor, and Yeomans describe the application of TFP principles across psychiatric settings in a way that will help all clinicians who deal with patients with personality disorders at the borderline level.

Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology book

Drs. Caligor, Kernberg, Clarkin, Yeomans: concepts and techniques of psychodynamic psychotherapy from an object relations point of view; application of TFP beyond the borderline level of personality organization to the full range of personality pathology. Accompanied by educational video material.

Treatment of Severe Personality Disorders book

Dr. Kernberg presents an integrated update of the current knowledge of personality disorders, their neurobiological and psychodynamic determinants, and a specific psychodynamic psychotherapy geared to resolve psychopathology.

The latest TFP manual and its translations:



New translations of TFP-related books:


Please also peruse our extensive body of papers and our diagnostic tools in the Publications section of our website.


Borderline Personality Disorder

Personality disorder, as a term, may sound negative and judgmental and it is important to have a clear understanding with our patients of the meaning of the term. We explain that there is a group of disorders in the DSM-IV, ten of them to be specific...


Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Our approach to personality disorder treatment and research is based on the understanding of personality disorders in general and BPD in specific that is described in another section of this website.


Learn About ISTFP

The International Society of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP) was founded in September 2011. Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is a psychoanalytic treatment for patients with borderline and other personality disorders.