People with personality disorders are among the most challenging cases. Not many therapists want to deal with them, particularly borderline personality disorder. It is not unusual for me to receive referrals for patients who are newly diagnosed or have burned out their past therapists. I enjoy working with and helping these challenging
People with a personality disorder generally do not realize that they have one. From their perspective, they feel as if other people are wronging them, rather than them affecting others. They may yell at people, driving others away. Part of the solution is helping the patient understand that other people are not betraying them; they are merely trying to get away from verbal abuse. I help them figure out how to change the way they handle people. There are four different areas that we go over.
Four Areas of Treating Personality Disorders:
1. Mindfulness: Focusing on and fully engaging the present.
2. Stress Columns: Stress Columns: Finding ways of managing situations with high emotions.
3. Emotional Regulation: Emotional Regulation: Developing everyday habits that not only help you tolerate stress but keep you from getting to the crisis point in the first place.
4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning to be more effective in relationships. Knowing which relationships are not suitable to have in your life and keeping the ones you want.