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Actas Esp Psiquiatr. 2013 May-Jun;41(3):139-48. Epub 2013 May 1.

A new time limited psychotherapy for BPD: preliminary results of a randomized and controlled trial.

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Instituto de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental Hospital Clínico San Carlos Madrid, Spain.



Psychic Representation focused Psychotherapy (PRFP) is a new time limited dynamic psychotherapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. It is a psychodynamic technique based on brief psychoanalytic psychotherapy principles. It is manualized and designed to be applied in the framework of public health care services. A randomized and controlled study with a sample of 53 patients was conducted to assess PRFP efficacy. This work presents the results for the first 44 trial completers at termination of treatment.


Both groups, the experimental (n= 18) and control group (n= 26), received treatment as usual. The experimental group received an additional 20 (PRFP) sessions, conducted by four therapists with homogenous characteristics specifically trained in this technique. The main outcome variables measures were: Severity global index of SCL-90-R, Barrat Impulsivity Scale scores and Social Adaptation (SASS score). Baseline and final condition at termination was compared.


Preliminary results showed significantly better outcomes for the experimental group in all the main variables measured and in most of the secondary ones. PRFP may represent an important contribution for the treatment of BPD patients. Follow-up assessment at 6 and 12 months is planned.

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