Psychodynamic treatments of self-injury

J Clin Psychol. 2007 Nov;63(11):1105-20. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20418.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / therapy
  • Ego
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Models, Psychological
  • Object Attachment
  • Prognosis
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods
  • Psychotherapeutic Processes
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / psychology
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / therapy*
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Transference, Psychology
  • Treatment Outcome