Most therapists understand that the extreme behaviors of people with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis are often strategies for survival, self-management, and attachment. But their intense abandonment fears, uncontained states of rage, and extreme reactions to loved ones can still set even experienced therapists on edge. This workshop will dismantle the bias against BPD clients and clear a path for a transformative therapeutic relationship by exploring the clinical choices that can truly make a difference. You’ll discover:
- How states of pervasive emotional dysregulation and low tolerance for the ups and downs of life and relationships can play out in sessions
- Effective strategies for increasing clients’ capacity for self-regulation, interpersonal stability, somatic awareness, and cultivating a strong core sense of self
- The therapeutic power of regulation, and how to cope with being triggered by a client’s extreme and provocative behaviors
- BPD’s intricate connections to complex and developmental trauma as well as tools to create experiences that provide early missing resources and can repair early attachment wounds
Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, practices at The Center for Contextual Change, where she focuses on clients who’ve experienced trauma. She’s the creator of Integrative Trauma Recovery, a group therapy process for adults with complex PTSD.