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MBT webinar 4 : Attachment, mentalizing and psychotherapy

WEBINAR 4: Attachment, mentalizing and psychotherapy

Both the development of mentalizing and the maintenance of patterns of experience and relatedness are closely interwoven with the attachment system. We will discuss the relationship between fear and the ongoing distortion of attachment relationships and the role of mentalizing difficulties in maintaining these patterns. Understanding what people are afraid of and how they respond to that fear determines the relationship patterns. Using video and clinical material we will illustrate the role of attachment processes in the therapeutic relationship and how enhancing mentalizing can promote change to these internal “maps” of experience of self and others.


Margie Stuchbery is a clinical psychologist and has been accredited by the AFC, London, as an MBT supervisor since 2014. Margie has also been coordinating and facilitating MBT trainings and workshops since 2015, including MBT-F. She has published papers and presented at conferences on MBT. Margie works clinically with adults, children and families in Sydney. 

Celeste Benetti is a Clinical Psychologist who works in private practice and public area mental health in Melbourne. She has been accredited by the AFC, London, as an MBT Supervisor since 2019 and has coordinated MBT Basic Training. Celeste has implemented and coordinates an MBT Program for young adults and older adolescents with BPD.  Celeste’s clinical work is with adults, adolescents, children, and families. 



This Webinar is the 4th in a series of five clinically focussed webinars which will provide a refresher for therapists who are implementing MBT and will focus on enhancing the application and understanding of key MBT interventions. Particular attention will be given to areas raised by therapists in MBT supervision. Our aim is to support therapists to feel more confident about stimulating mentalizing and maintaining a mentalizing stance. Participation in these webinars will provide the opportunity to explore these clinical issues more deeply within the framework of mentalizing supervision. These 90 minute webinars will share clinical examples and theoretical content to illustrate MBT principles. The format of each webinar will involve some presentation of material and some interactive discussion around the content. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with MBT accredited supervisors around these selected topics. 

Thursday 14th October: 7 - 8.30PM

Link to event will be emailed one week prior to live webinar

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Link to webinar 1 Talking about mentalizing here

Link to webinar 2 Assessing mentalizing in clinical practice here

Link to webinar 3 Mentalizing case formulations in clinical practice here

Link to webinar 5 Relational mentalizing and affect focus here