Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline personality disorder may have us questioning our emotions, thoughts, relationships, and identity.  Those struggling with BPD may experience symptoms of emotional instability, feelings of emptiness and worthlessness, insecurity, impulsivity, and chaotic relationships. 

When treating Borderline personality disorder, I use primarily techniques associated with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT).  DBT was originally created to assist those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.  DBT incorporates mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills to directly challenge the symptoms of BPD.  

DBT has four different modules that assist those struggling with BPD.  The modules are as follows:

  • Mindfulness

    • Mindfulness skills help us recognize intense emotions, judgments, urges, and bodily sensations that arise.  This recognition allows us to become more effectively responsive rather than emotionally reactive.  ​

  • Distress Tolerance

    • Distress tolerance skills assist in not making a challenging situation worse.  This also helps us reduce our emotional intensity in the moment.

  • Emotion Regulation

    • Emotion regulation skills allow us to build consistency, routine, and expectation into our lives.  These skills assist us in reduce our overall emotional vulnerability.​

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

    • IE skills assist us in address conflict, maintaining relationships, and identifying our own identity and values. ​

If these skills sound helpful to you, contact me today for a free consultation.

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