PSI: Who we are

The Personality Studies Institute is a community of clinicians interested in the relation between personality, emotional adjustment, and mental health. For each of us, the individual's personality their sense of identity, characteristic tendencies in responding to the world, and the strategies employed in managing the emotional stresses associated with everyday life is the central lens through which the problems patients bring to psychotherapy are conceptualized and addressed.

We come from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, social work, and psychiatry. We all share an interest in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of personality difficulties and disorders (which are often experienced as anxiety and depression) and maintain this common interest by training, teaching, and learning together. We maintain independent private practices, and collectively, have experience working with individual across the life-span in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including supportive psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, couple therapy, and integrative treatments. Members of our group have also pioneered the development of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, a twice-weekly, intensive treatment for borderline personality disorder.

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Publications by PSI Members

Evaluating three treatments for borderline personality disorder: a multiwave study.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 2007

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Caligor, Clarkin, & Kernberg: Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology

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Clarkin, Yeomans, & Kernberg: Psychotherapy of borderline personality: Focusing on object relations