Dedicated to the Study of Personality Disorders
The Center for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

The Personality Disorders Institute (PDI) under the leadership of Otto F. Kernberg, M.D., director, and John F. Clarkin, Ph.D., co-director, is an internationally recognized group of mental health professionals examining the range of personality pathology, including that of borderline personality disorder, and developing empirically supported treatment for these patients. Individuals suffering from personality disorder are characterized by disturbances in self-definition and functioning, and disturbances in their interpersonal relations. Personality disorders are often accompanied by depression, anxiety, self-destructive and suicidal behavior, and serious disturbances in intimate relations, social relations, and work productivity.

The interdisciplinary professionals in the PDI have authored and edited multiple books on psychodynamic theory, practice, techniques, and research findings. These experts have lectured at major conferences concerning personality pathology internationally.

Our team provides training on the treatment of personality pathology both nationally and internationally. We have helped establish TFP training and research sites in Quebec City, Canada; Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; London, England; and the Netherlands.

Seminars & Conferences More Details

Conceptualizing and Working with Shame in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personalities
The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine: The Collaborating Society of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

New York Academy of Medicine,  January 6, 2015

Psychotherapy: What Works and Why? "Mechanisms of Change in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy"

Amsterdam,  January 22, 2015

Intensive Introductory Workshop in TFP

American College of Greece, Athens, Greece,  February 12 - 14, 2015

Psychodynamic psychotherapies in practice

St. Vincent's Hospital and University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia,  March 30 - 31, 2015

MASTER COURSE: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

APA Annual Meeting, Toronto,  May 17, 2015

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder

APA Annual Meeting, Toronto,  May 18, 2015

Two-day Conference: Psychodynamic Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Polish Society for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Krakow, Poland,  September 12 - 13, 2015

Videoconference Training in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Sponsored by the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research,  September 15, 2015 - June 9, 2016

Recently Published More Details

New edition of
Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Focusing on Object Relations
by Clarkin, Yeomans & Kernberg

Treatment manual for patients with less severe personality disorders:
Caligor, E., Kernberg, O.F., & Clarkin, J.F. (March 2007).
Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology.

The PDI completed data analysis on the randomized, controlled trial of three treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder:
Clarkin, Levy, Lenzenweger, Kernberg (2007)
Evaluating three treatments for borderline personality disorder: a multiwave study.

The nature of personality disorders and their treatment:
Levy, Wasserman, Scott, Yeomans (2009).
Empirical evidence for transference focused psychotherapy and other psychodynamic psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder.

Please Note: Due to new Federal regulations, we are not able to respond to any clinical questions by e-mail. This includes requests for referrals. In most parts of the country, information regarding referrals can be obtained from the local branches of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers. They often have lists of therapists who specialize in specific areas of treatment.

For more information about borderline personality — both about the condition and about resources please visit the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center.

Our Affiliates

International Society of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP)

Dept. of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Medical University of Vienna
Währinger Gürtel 18-20, A-1090 Wien, Austria


The Personality Studies Institute

at 286 Madison Avenue, Penthouse
New York, NY 10017
212-213-0310

Members of this institute focus on teaching and training mental health professionals in TFP. In addition we continue to research aspects of personality disorders and offer treatment through our individual practices. View website.