Join our Borderline Personality Disorder Group

We offer a safe and inclusive space for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder to express themselves, learn DBT skills, and connect with others.

About Our Group

A Safe Haven for Individuals with BPD

We invite individuals over the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to join our support group. This group provides a safe and inclusive space for individuals to express themselves freely, learn Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills coping techniques, and establish meaningful connections with others who can empathise with their journey. 

Our support group is founded on the belief that sharing experiences and supporting one another can achieve healing and personal growth.

In this nurturing environment, individuals can expect to be heard, validated, and empowered throughout their journey with BPD. Our group is dedicated to breaking mental health stigma and fostering a community where individuals can thrive together. By joining us, individuals can find comfort, understanding, and a supportive network that is crucial in navigating the challenges of BPD. Together, we can fight for mental health awareness and empowerment, ultimately promoting unity and resilience within the group.

Understanding BPD

How DBT can be Beneficial

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health disorder that is characterised by persistent patterns of instability in mood, behaviour, self-image, and interpersonal relationships. Individuals with BPD often experience intense and overwhelming emotions, difficulty managing stress, and struggle with impulsivity and self-destructive behaviours. While BPD can be challenging to live with, there are effective treatment options available, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), that can help individuals improve their emotional regulation and enhance their overall quality of life.

DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy that was specifically designed to help individuals with BPD and other emotional dysregulation disorders. Developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan, DBT teaches individuals skills to cope with distress, manage intense emotions, and improve their interpersonal relationships. The treatment is based on the principle of dialectics, which involves balancing acceptance and change to create a life worth living.

One of the critical components of DBT is mindfulness, which involves being present in the moment and observing one’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. Mindfulness can help individuals with BPD become more aware of their emotional triggers and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Through mindfulness practice, individuals can learn to respond to challenging situations with greater awareness and self-control.

Another critical component of DBT is emotion regulation, which involves identifying and managing intense emotions healthily. Individuals with BPD often struggle with emotional dysregulation, which can lead to impulsive and self-destructive behaviours. 

 

With DBT, individuals learn skills such as identifying and labelling emotions, distinguishing between primary and secondary emotions, and developing strategies to regulate intense feelings.

Interpersonal effectiveness is another critical component of DBT, as individuals with BPD often struggle with maintaining healthy relationships. In DBT, individuals learn skills to improve communication, set boundaries, and assert their needs in relationships. By developing these skills, individuals can enhance their ability to create and maintain fulfilling and stable connections with others.

Distress tolerance is another important aspect of DBT, as individuals with BPD often struggle with managing stress and crises. DBT teaches individuals skills to cope with distressing emotions and situations healthily, such as mindfulness, distraction techniques, and self-soothing strategies. By developing these skills, individuals can effectively navigate challenging situations without resorting to self-destructive behaviours.

Overall, DBT can be a highly effective treatment option for individuals with BPD. Research has shown that DBT can significantly reduce symptoms of BPD, improve emotional regulation, and enhance overall functioning and quality of life. By learning and practising the skills taught in DBT, individuals with BPD can develop healthier coping mechanisms, manage their emotions more effectively, and build more satisfying relationships.

The Path to Healing

The Importance of Proper Treatment and Support

In conclusion, Borderline Personality Disorder is a complex mental health disorder that can have a significant impact on an individual’s life. However, with the proper treatment and support, individuals with BPD can learn to manage their symptoms and live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment option for individuals with BPD, as it focuses on teaching skills to cope with distress, regulate emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and manage stress. By incorporating DBT into their treatment plan, individuals with BPD can enhance their emotional regulation and improve their overall well-being

.Jonathan Mitchell is also available to see clients on an individual basis who have been diagnosed with
Borderline Personality Disorder

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Joanna: +27-83-227-9771

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The fine print

DBT skills training neither replaces nor alters the key-working role of other professionals, Psychiatrists and Psychologists, currently seeing clients who are in DBT skills training. DBT skills makes a distinction between the roles of other providers as it is skills based and not psychotherapy. ©Glenbrook Practice (Pty)Ltd 2024