Object relations theory has been useful in understanding borderline personality disorder, and from this theoretical orientation have emerged effective approaches to its treatment. However, treatment based on the object relations model has tended to emphasize only the structural and technical facets of the psychotherapy enterprise, i.e., the frame of therapy, therapeutic neutrality, and interventions strategies, etc. In Another Chance to Be Real, Donald and Deanda Roberts argue that the incorporation of attachment theory and research enhances the effectiveness of treatment by expanding the clinical focus to include relational and process factors.
Donald D. Roberts, Ph.D. is on the faculty at The Masterson Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Spokane, Washington, where he also maintains a private practice that emphasizes treatment of the personality disorders. Deanda Sylte Roberts, M.A. has maintained a private practice in Spokane, Washington for over 30 years, specializing in individual counseling and psychotherapy, marital therapy, and supervision of psychotherapists.