Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment for Individuals and Support for their Families


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition that generates significant emotional instability. This can lead to a variety of other stressful mental and behavioral problems. With BPD, you may have a severely distorted self-image and feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. Anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you may desire to have loving and lasting relationships.

If you have BPD, don't get discouraged! Many people with this disorder get better with treatment, and can live satisfying lives.

I use a model of treatment based on the popular Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With a combination of individual therapy where we work to identify patterns of self harm and heal old wounds - and group therapy where skills are learned, you will receive a comprehensive system of support.

The components of your DBT Therapy will include:

Mindfulness – through daily practice of present moment awareness, you will learn to identify thoughts and feelings, to untangle from them and to develop a non-judgmental perspective toward self and others.

Crisis management – you will learn to develop a toolbox of skills for helping you to calm down before reacting when emotional crisis occurs. You will practice self care and manage your stress in health affirming ways.

Emotion regulation – building emotional intelligence is critical to managing the overwhelm that comes with BPD. You will learn to identify your emotional states, understand the relationship between emotions, thoughts and actions and begin to employ more skillful ways of working with your emotional self.

Assertiveness training – learning to set appropriate boundaries is critical for the person with BPD. In this module you will learn how to respect yourself and others, and communicate your needs clearly and effectively.


For Families - If you have a child, parent, sibling or spouse with BPD your household can experience termoil at the drop of a hat. Loving someone with Borderline characteristics can be tough but you don't have to do it alone.

I can work with you to better understand your loved one with BPD, help you learn tools that may improve this relationship, and support you while you manage the challenges of daily living with a family member who has Borderline Personality Disorder.

For Clinicians - If you have a client or patient who could benefit from Dialectic Behavioral Therapy please call to determine if they are a good fit for my program.  I am happy to do a phone consult and answer your questions - 540-492-0773.








Mindfulness: From the Past to the Present Moment
This article (ever so briefly) explores the history of mindfulness and talks about why It may be helpful for you.  Also presented here are links to current data in the study and application of mindfulness.