Therapy can help manage the symptoms of borderline personality disorder and reduce the risks.
Coping with a borderline personality disorder
The intense emotional outbursts associated with borderline personality disorder and its destructive effect upon both the sufferer and those around them is extremely difficult to deal with. People who suffer from borderline personality disorder experience psychological pain at a level that can be intolerable. Healthy social connections become difficult to maintain as the fear of being hurt by others causes the sufferer to become either hostile, attention-seeking, or isolated and unwilling to accept help.
These different behaviours can change quickly and are directly related to trust and love. For people suffering from borderline personality disorder the need to build loving relationships is both powerful and simultaneously fraught with problems. Often, any positive attention from another can warrant a strong sense that a meaningful connection has been formed. The intensity of this feeling and the security that it promises can become all-consuming.
Ultimately, due to unrealistic expectations coupled with the condition’s sustained levels of emotional pain, feelings of rejection and abandonment almost always follow. These experiences lead many people suffering from borderline personality disorder to become adept at pushing others away. Worryingly, issues such as impulsive behaviour, paranoia, self-harm, and suicide attempts, are common.
How psychotherapy and counselling can help treat borderline personality disorder
Therapy has proven to be successful in helping to support a wide range of people who are suffering with borderline personality disorder. With the help of a counsellor or psychotherapist, you can explore the complex emotions associated with the condition whilst developing new models of thought and the ability to relate differently to certain situations.
Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a treatment method that incorporates distress tolerance and emotional regulation. With guidance from a therapist, you can develop tools in which to relieve the need to self-harm and specific ways in which to manage powerful emotions.
Recently, the techniques of mindfulness have also been applied to treating borderline personality disorder to increase positivity and allow sufferers to move past traumatic events. Therapists use mindfulness to teach acceptance and equip you with the skills to reconcile both past and present emotions. With the support of a counsellor or psychotherapist, you can address the associated symptoms of borderline personality disorder and learn to relieve painful feelings and the need to self-harm.
The Online Therapy Company psychotherapists and counsellors undergo rigorous training to ensure that they can provide the very best support to those suffering from a borderline personality disorder. We understand that this complex condition can carry with it a sense of stigma and can also be the result of past trauma.
This is why we place great importance on creating a confidential and secure space in which to explore emotions and experiences with compassion. Our therapists work towards defeating feelings of low self-esteem and equipping sufferers with the ability to examine their emotions and behaviours.
Through a process of applied therapeutic approaches, your counsellor or psychotherapist will develop a tailor-made treatment plan to enable you to manage impulsive outbursts, the desire to self-harm, and the intense feelings of rejection.
We can offer help today
If you or someone you care about is suffering from borderline personality disorder please call or book online to arrange an initial consultation with one of our therapists.