Psychodynamic treatments of self-injury

Kenneth N. Levy, Frank E. Yeomans, Diana Diamond

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The authors address psychodynamic therapies, particularly transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), in the treatment of patients who present with non-suicidal self-injury. In doing so, they briefly discuss various psychodynamic approaches with empirical evidence for their effectiveness. They describe TFP, including its treatment rationale, putative change mechanisms, and outcome research. They then present a case illustration of a patient with borderline personality disorder who engages in non-suicidal self-injury to demonstrate how TFP can be applied to such cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1120
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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