What is Borderline Personality
People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are usually more sensitive than most people to what's going on around them. If they perceive impending separation or rejection, or the loss of external structure, a person with BPD may experience profound changes in self-image, emotional state, thinking, and behavior.
People with BPD have intense abandonment fears and inappropriate anger, even when faced with a realistic time-limited separation, or when there are unavoidable changes in plans. For instance, a person with this condition may experience panic and fury when someone important to them is just a few minutes late or must cancel an appointment. They may believe that this “abandonment” implies that they are a “bad person.” These abandonment fears are related to an intolerance of being alone and a need to have other people with them.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Focuses on Support
DBT is Support-oriented: It will help you identify your strengths and build on them, so that you can feel better about your self and your life.
Individual weekly psychotherapy sessions will emphasize problem-solving behavior for the past week’s issues and troubles that may have come up in your life. We will also focus on decreasing and dealing with post-traumatic stress responses (from any previous trauma in your life) and helping to enhance your self-respect and self-image.
DBT helps identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder, such as:
“I have to be perfect at everything.” or...
“If I get angry, I’m a terrible person”
DBT can help you change your thinking to:
“I don’t need to be perfect at things for people to care about me.” and ...
“Everyone gets angry, it’s a normal emotion."
DBT asks people to complete homework assignments, to role-play new ways of interacting with others, and to practice skills such as soothing yourself when upset.
These skills, a crucial part of DBT, are taught by your therapist, reviewed in weekly homework assignments, and referred to in nearly every counseling session.
Your individual therapist will help you to learn, apply and master the DBT skills.
The essential part of all skills you will learn are the core mindfulness skills.
“What do I do to practice core mindfulness skills?”
Observe, Describe, and Participate are the core mindfulness “what” skills.
“How do I practice core mindfulness skills?”
Non-judgmentally, One-mindfully, and Effectively are the “how” skills.