Online Mentalization Based Treatment (CBT)
What is Mentalizing?
When can Online Mentalization Based Treatment be helpful?
Online Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) is a form of psychotherapy. The general objective of online MBT is learning to recognize and understand why you are doing as you do and feel like you feel. Its focus is helping people to differentiate and separate out their own thoughts and feelings from those around them. There is also a lot of attention to the relationship between your own feelings and those of others. Because you learn to empathise with the feelings and emotions of other people, you will learn to communicate differently.
Mentalizing is the ability to understand oneself and others by inferring the mental states that lie behind overt behavior. As a result you are able to build more stable and closer relationships with others. The ability to mentalize develops during childhood within the context of a secure attachment relationship. It is crucial to self-regulation and constructive intimate relationships. Failure to retain mentalizing, particularly in de midst of emotional interactions, can result in severe emotional fluctuations, impulsivity, and vulnerability to interpersonal and social relationships.
Online Mentalization Based Treatment can be helpful for people who struggle to understand their emotional responses in certain situations, and regularly experience mood swings. Online MBT can also help people who find it difficult to understand others reactions or who are distrustful towards others. In online MBT, the concept of mentalization is emphasized, reinforced and practiced within a safe and supportive psychotherapy setting. Mentalization, like socialization or public speaking, is a skill which can be readily learned. People who undergo Mentalization Based Treatment will find that their therapy experience focuses on learning and practicing this skill in the context not only of their social relationships with others, but also directly with their therapist. Because the approach is psychodynamic, therapy tends to be less directive than cognitive-behavioral approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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