Borderline Personality (BPD) Therapists in Houston, TX

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Annette Morales-Tymczak
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77006
I am a Therapist and have been providing mental health services for over 25 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and address Adjustment disorder, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Grief, Mood Disorder, Post-traumatic stress. I have diverse training and experience. I enjoy working with a wide variety of people.
I am a Therapist and have been providing mental health services for over 25 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and address Adjustment disorder, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Grief, Mood Disorder, Post-traumatic stress. I have diverse training and experience. I enjoy working with a wide variety of people.
(832) 536-6051 View (832) 536-6051
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DBT with Candice G. Moore, MA LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77035
DBT has been shown to be effective with borderline personality disorder and patients struggling with mood dysregulation, self harm, and suicidal concerns.
Originally from Virginia and after moving to Texas, I taught school for 14 years in Houston ISD and at Presbyterian School in the museum district. With increasing desire to help students with emotional and social issues, I returned to the University of Houston--Clear Lake and earned my master's degree in Clinical Psychology. I completed my intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Menninger with Shari Manning, PhD and Karyn Hall, PhD. Starting in January of 2013, I worked as a practicum student and LPC-Intern at The DBT Center of Houston.
DBT has been shown to be effective with borderline personality disorder and patients struggling with mood dysregulation, self harm, and suicidal concerns.
Originally from Virginia and after moving to Texas, I taught school for 14 years in Houston ISD and at Presbyterian School in the museum district. With increasing desire to help students with emotional and social issues, I returned to the University of Houston--Clear Lake and earned my master's degree in Clinical Psychology. I completed my intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Menninger with Shari Manning, PhD and Karyn Hall, PhD. Starting in January of 2013, I worked as a practicum student and LPC-Intern at The DBT Center of Houston.
(713) 766-5359 View (713) 766-5359
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Alissa Sladek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77090
Welcome! My name is Alissa and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in the mental health field since 2012. I work with adults 18 and over on many different mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, BPD, Bipolar, Adjustment Disorder, relationship issues, work issues, and family stress, among other things. I use CBT, DBT, and Strength-based approaches to help individuals achieve the life they want and enjoy using different approaches with therapy as I know everyone is an individual and has individual needs.
Welcome! My name is Alissa and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in the mental health field since 2012. I work with adults 18 and over on many different mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, BPD, Bipolar, Adjustment Disorder, relationship issues, work issues, and family stress, among other things. I use CBT, DBT, and Strength-based approaches to help individuals achieve the life they want and enjoy using different approaches with therapy as I know everyone is an individual and has individual needs.
(832) 479-2812 View (832) 479-2812
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Compassionate Healing Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77070
I specialize in areas including anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, borderline personality disorder, stress reduction.
Are your emotions getting in the way of living the life you want to live? Do you struggle with reigning in your emotions to be effective? Are you going through a lot of changes and finding it difficult to find your footing? Life throws at us a variety of challenges and obstacles; and if life wasn't hard enough, adding in our emotions can make it that much harder. Whether you are looking for coping skills or just needing someone to process with, I am here to help!
I specialize in areas including anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, borderline personality disorder, stress reduction.
Are your emotions getting in the way of living the life you want to live? Do you struggle with reigning in your emotions to be effective? Are you going through a lot of changes and finding it difficult to find your footing? Life throws at us a variety of challenges and obstacles; and if life wasn't hard enough, adding in our emotions can make it that much harder. Whether you are looking for coping skills or just needing someone to process with, I am here to help!
(832) 930-4479 View (832) 930-4479
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Kayla Meyertons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77056
Do you feel stuck? Do mood swings, anxiety, or depression dominate your days? I am here to help. Welcome. I am Kayla, a licensed master social worker practicing at the Ellie Mental Health Tanglewood location. I specialize in treating addiction, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, bipolar and borderline personality disorder. Together, we will generate a safe, nonjudgmental space to break free from limiting patterns and ideas that may rule your present-day life.
Do you feel stuck? Do mood swings, anxiety, or depression dominate your days? I am here to help. Welcome. I am Kayla, a licensed master social worker practicing at the Ellie Mental Health Tanglewood location. I specialize in treating addiction, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, bipolar and borderline personality disorder. Together, we will generate a safe, nonjudgmental space to break free from limiting patterns and ideas that may rule your present-day life.
(832) 400-6108 View (832) 400-6108
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Farrin Velasco
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, C-PD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77055
I particularly enjoy working with individuals who have endured significant trauma, those with Borderline Personality Disorder & clients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (or tendencies).
I ascribe to a humanistic and psychodynamic approach and philosophy of counseling with some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) mixed in. I focus on client’s emotions, perspectives, and life experiences, rather than just treating symptoms. I believe incongruence, internalized conditions of worth, and unhealthy core beliefs contribute to emotional and psychological distress. Each client is different, what works for one will not work for all. I use a dynamically informed approach in order to create a treatment plan that is best suited to a client's unique needs and goals.
I particularly enjoy working with individuals who have endured significant trauma, those with Borderline Personality Disorder & clients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (or tendencies).
I ascribe to a humanistic and psychodynamic approach and philosophy of counseling with some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) mixed in. I focus on client’s emotions, perspectives, and life experiences, rather than just treating symptoms. I believe incongruence, internalized conditions of worth, and unhealthy core beliefs contribute to emotional and psychological distress. Each client is different, what works for one will not work for all. I use a dynamically informed approach in order to create a treatment plan that is best suited to a client's unique needs and goals.
(832) 838-9513 View (832) 838-9513
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Jennifer Holzman
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
I specialize in providing individual and group therapy for adults with borderline personality disorder, difficulties managing their emotions, PTSD, and self-harm/suicidal behavior. I am a DBT-Linehan Board Certified Clinician. I utilize evidence-based treatment approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I currently conduct comprehensive DBT for adults and co-lead DBT skills groups. I am licensed in both Indiana and Texas. I am only practicing virtually in Indianapolis and see clients in person or virtually in Houston.
I specialize in providing individual and group therapy for adults with borderline personality disorder, difficulties managing their emotions, PTSD, and self-harm/suicidal behavior. I am a DBT-Linehan Board Certified Clinician. I utilize evidence-based treatment approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I currently conduct comprehensive DBT for adults and co-lead DBT skills groups. I am licensed in both Indiana and Texas. I am only practicing virtually in Indianapolis and see clients in person or virtually in Houston.
(832) 281-5156 View (832) 281-5156
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Angele Devezin
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77001  (Online Only)
Have you had an experience that was traumatic, or a history of early childhood trauma that has a grip on you, limiting the joy and love you want in your life? Childhood traumas can result in severe physical and emotional trauma to a survivor and their loved ones. Whether it happened two weeks or two decades ago, sexual trauma can cause sexual, intimacy and relationship issues, symptoms of PTSD or borderline personality disorder, suicidal ideations, problems with memory, etc... Seeking help is a courageous step in transcending harm and regaining power and control over your body and life.
Have you had an experience that was traumatic, or a history of early childhood trauma that has a grip on you, limiting the joy and love you want in your life? Childhood traumas can result in severe physical and emotional trauma to a survivor and their loved ones. Whether it happened two weeks or two decades ago, sexual trauma can cause sexual, intimacy and relationship issues, symptoms of PTSD or borderline personality disorder, suicidal ideations, problems with memory, etc... Seeking help is a courageous step in transcending harm and regaining power and control over your body and life.
(830) 532-7166 View (830) 532-7166
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Ini Ekpenyong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LCDCi
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77056
Waitlist for new clients
Hi there, it's so nice to meet you and I'm so happy that you have decided to embark on this healing journey. I am a first generation Nigerian America therapist in Austin, TX. I work with a broad range of mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, and addiction. My therapeutic style is warm and empathetic, but I will still call you out while maintaining a safe space. I am also aware of how the body stores trauma and can offer guidance on re-regulating your nervous system through somatic experiencing.
Hi there, it's so nice to meet you and I'm so happy that you have decided to embark on this healing journey. I am a first generation Nigerian America therapist in Austin, TX. I work with a broad range of mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, and addiction. My therapeutic style is warm and empathetic, but I will still call you out while maintaining a safe space. I am also aware of how the body stores trauma and can offer guidance on re-regulating your nervous system through somatic experiencing.
(512) 967-8366 View (512) 967-8366
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Dr. Tennille Warren-Phillips
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Drowning in a social media wormhole, exploring whether you have a personality disorder? Actively seeking an expert opinion on what is contributing to your distress, emotional instability, fractured relationships, & overall struggle with life? Individuals with personality disorders, like borderline personality disorder, experience distress or impairment from deep seeded patterns of behavior and perspective which clash with society's expectations. This can result in feelings of isolation and have a negative impact on one's life. You want treatment, but where's the experienced providers who specialize in this? That's the hard part.
Drowning in a social media wormhole, exploring whether you have a personality disorder? Actively seeking an expert opinion on what is contributing to your distress, emotional instability, fractured relationships, & overall struggle with life? Individuals with personality disorders, like borderline personality disorder, experience distress or impairment from deep seeded patterns of behavior and perspective which clash with society's expectations. This can result in feelings of isolation and have a negative impact on one's life. You want treatment, but where's the experienced providers who specialize in this? That's the hard part.
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Rachel Wyatt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77204
Not accepting new clients
I work with LGBTQ+ (+kink), anxiety, BPD, depression, PMDD/PCOS, bipolar disorders, PTSD, trauma (includes: emotional, religious, etc).
Hello, looking for a place where you can feel safe to be vulnerable, gain insight and understanding, as well as work towards your desired goal(s)? I understand that we all have unique lives, experiences, and circumstances that can affect the way we think, behave, believe, and express ourselves. Being unique, having your own story to tell, and learning to navigate life is a part of our journey. Therapy can help with navigating these life changes as we grow, adapt, revert, thrive, and survive.
I work with LGBTQ+ (+kink), anxiety, BPD, depression, PMDD/PCOS, bipolar disorders, PTSD, trauma (includes: emotional, religious, etc).
Hello, looking for a place where you can feel safe to be vulnerable, gain insight and understanding, as well as work towards your desired goal(s)? I understand that we all have unique lives, experiences, and circumstances that can affect the way we think, behave, believe, and express ourselves. Being unique, having your own story to tell, and learning to navigate life is a part of our journey. Therapy can help with navigating these life changes as we grow, adapt, revert, thrive, and survive.
(214) 206-4105 View (214) 206-4105
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Gwen Brehm
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77058  (Online Only)
I am also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for BPD and Bipolar Disorder and I offer the transformational Mindful Self-Compassion Training twice a year online.
Is your anxiety keeping you from having peace in your life? Are your relationships suffering because of your mood? For over 30 years I have helped people make effective change in their lives with a variety of problems. I am best known for my skills in treating people who have difficult situations, feel out of control of their lives, and need more stability in their emotions and relationships. With the use of meditation, mindfulness skills, and behavioral changes we can work together to create a more balanced life, healthier relationships, and more joy and confidence.
I am also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for BPD and Bipolar Disorder and I offer the transformational Mindful Self-Compassion Training twice a year online.
Is your anxiety keeping you from having peace in your life? Are your relationships suffering because of your mood? For over 30 years I have helped people make effective change in their lives with a variety of problems. I am best known for my skills in treating people who have difficult situations, feel out of control of their lives, and need more stability in their emotions and relationships. With the use of meditation, mindfulness skills, and behavioral changes we can work together to create a more balanced life, healthier relationships, and more joy and confidence.
(832) 786-8757 View (832) 786-8757
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Katie Ewell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77019  (Online Only)
In addition to treating eating disorders, I work with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, BPD and PTSD.
Everyone has a unique story, and through our work, we will discover what is currently keeping you feeling "stuck." I believe that in order to change your unwanted behaviors, we must first uncover what is driving these behaviors. The answer might feel obvious to you, or you might feel completely unsure. No matter the case, we will work together to create lasting change. Reaching out for help takes courage, and I understand that taking that first step can be scary. Let's talk and see how we can work together.
In addition to treating eating disorders, I work with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, BPD and PTSD.
Everyone has a unique story, and through our work, we will discover what is currently keeping you feeling "stuck." I believe that in order to change your unwanted behaviors, we must first uncover what is driving these behaviors. The answer might feel obvious to you, or you might feel completely unsure. No matter the case, we will work together to create lasting change. Reaching out for help takes courage, and I understand that taking that first step can be scary. Let's talk and see how we can work together.
(832) 479-2664 View (832) 479-2664
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HKA Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77093  (Online Only)
We have several years of experience working in Residential/Partial Hospitalization facilities and Intensive Outpatient settings with individuals struggling with Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
We work collaboratively with individuals to improve their quality of life through the use of effective treatments. This approach enables us to focus on our client's journey of self-exploration, self-compassion and growth. Our goal is to provide a safe and validating environment from which one can thrive!
We have several years of experience working in Residential/Partial Hospitalization facilities and Intensive Outpatient settings with individuals struggling with Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
We work collaboratively with individuals to improve their quality of life through the use of effective treatments. This approach enables us to focus on our client's journey of self-exploration, self-compassion and growth. Our goal is to provide a safe and validating environment from which one can thrive!
(281) 378-6332 View (281) 378-6332
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Alexandra Blekhman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098
The ability to love, work, and play lies at the heart of human happiness. With trauma, unresolved conflicts, chronic stress or difficult relationships, this ability is often impeded or diminished. I help my patients regain their strength, discover their true selves, and form authentic connections with their loved ones, resulting in a fulfilling and productive life. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, dissociation, addiction, personality disorders (particularly borderline and narcissistic), and difficulties relating to others.
The ability to love, work, and play lies at the heart of human happiness. With trauma, unresolved conflicts, chronic stress or difficult relationships, this ability is often impeded or diminished. I help my patients regain their strength, discover their true selves, and form authentic connections with their loved ones, resulting in a fulfilling and productive life. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, dissociation, addiction, personality disorders (particularly borderline and narcissistic), and difficulties relating to others.
(281) 949-7052 View (281) 949-7052
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Raymond Chukwuma
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77055
I specialize in supporting individuals and families dealing with challenges like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Relationship Issues, and Couples/Family Problems. Additionally, I have extensive experience helping those with personality disorders such as Borderline and Bipolar Disorder. My goal is to create a nonjudgmental and empathic therapeutic environment to facilitate healing and personal growth for clients navigating complex emotional challenges.
I specialize in supporting individuals and families dealing with challenges like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Relationship Issues, and Couples/Family Problems. Additionally, I have extensive experience helping those with personality disorders such as Borderline and Bipolar Disorder. My goal is to create a nonjudgmental and empathic therapeutic environment to facilitate healing and personal growth for clients navigating complex emotional challenges.
(832) 281-5560 View (832) 281-5560
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Lauren Ziff
Licensed Master Social Worker, MA, LMSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77006
I enjoy working with adults who come from a variety of backgrounds and have different needs for support and change in their life. Interests include but are not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma and Grief.
I enjoy working with adults who come from a variety of backgrounds and have different needs for support and change in their life. Interests include but are not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma and Grief.
(832) 501-3988 View (832) 501-3988
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Top of the Morning Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
To provide responsible, safe therapy for PTSD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder.
My use of the phrase “Top of the Morning” greeting began in my days in the operating rooms of the Houston Medical Center some twenty years ago. It was a break away from the traditional greetings. This gave birth to the idea we can begin every day over if we are willing to change. "Top of the Morning" greets you with a sense of hope. My practice invites you to an holistic, mind, body and spirit approach to therapy. Together, we can build a safe, confidential, and responsible client therapist relationship.
To provide responsible, safe therapy for PTSD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder.
My use of the phrase “Top of the Morning” greeting began in my days in the operating rooms of the Houston Medical Center some twenty years ago. It was a break away from the traditional greetings. This gave birth to the idea we can begin every day over if we are willing to change. "Top of the Morning" greets you with a sense of hope. My practice invites you to an holistic, mind, body and spirit approach to therapy. Together, we can build a safe, confidential, and responsible client therapist relationship.
(713) 999-0211 View (713) 999-0211
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Shalonvia R Gundy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77077  (Online Only)
I specialize in Family Conflict, Couples, Pre-Marital and Marital, Anxiety, Depression, Teen and Adolescences, Self-Esteem/Self-Image, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Healthy Interpersonal Relationships.
No one is an island unto themselves, nor should anyone feel as if they must work their way through life alone. My focus has been on empowering clients and their loved ones to navigate the rough terrains of their life journeys. My mission is to help families and individuals to have lasting, healthy marriages and families and the interpersonal relationships that they seek, while helping the community to prosper through the solidification of the individuals within it. Clients that know that they want all that life has to offer but need more support to grasp it are encouraged to reach out for support here through therapy.
I specialize in Family Conflict, Couples, Pre-Marital and Marital, Anxiety, Depression, Teen and Adolescences, Self-Esteem/Self-Image, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Healthy Interpersonal Relationships.
No one is an island unto themselves, nor should anyone feel as if they must work their way through life alone. My focus has been on empowering clients and their loved ones to navigate the rough terrains of their life journeys. My mission is to help families and individuals to have lasting, healthy marriages and families and the interpersonal relationships that they seek, while helping the community to prosper through the solidification of the individuals within it. Clients that know that they want all that life has to offer but need more support to grasp it are encouraged to reach out for support here through therapy.
(832) 786-2542 View (832) 786-2542
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Tina Rix
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT-S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm a Nigerian American, Sr. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas with 18 years of professional work experience. I treat music industry professionals and everyday people, who are survivors of Narcissistic Abuse, and other types of emotional and psychological abuse. I also treat clients with partners, siblings, work colleagues, and community leaders who exhibit many characteristics of narcissistic, borderline, histrionic, or antisocial (aka psychopathy) personality disorder traits. Other areas of treatment are listed on our website. I'm also a Therapist for Major Music Artists' World Tours & for the film industry.
Hello, I'm a Nigerian American, Sr. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas with 18 years of professional work experience. I treat music industry professionals and everyday people, who are survivors of Narcissistic Abuse, and other types of emotional and psychological abuse. I also treat clients with partners, siblings, work colleagues, and community leaders who exhibit many characteristics of narcissistic, borderline, histrionic, or antisocial (aka psychopathy) personality disorder traits. Other areas of treatment are listed on our website. I'm also a Therapist for Major Music Artists' World Tours & for the film industry.
(832) 281-6662 View (832) 281-6662
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Borderline Personality (BPD) Therapists

What is the most successful approach to treating borderline personality disorder?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is considered the gold standard of treatment for borderline personality disorder. An evidence-based treatment, it addresses the extreme emotional reactivity, the relationship difficulties, and the acts of self-harm that create so much distress for BPD patients. DBT is a comprehensive program that includes both regular individual psychotherapy sessions and weekly group sessions of skills training.

What happens in treatment of borderline personality disorder?

Treatment typically consists of weekly individual therapy sessions that last an hour and group skill-focused instructional sessions that may last up to two hours. Patients are typically given homework “assignments” in which they are asked to practice in their daily life the skills they acquire in therapy. Patients also keep a diary tracking their emotions and impulses as a way to know which situations are most problematic and to help them gain control over their own behavior. Difficult situations and feelings are typically reviewed in therapy sessions and more constructive solutions found.

What kinds of problems does BPD treatment help with?

DBT was initially developed to dampen the self-destructive impulses of chronically suicidal patients. It is now the treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder, a serious condition marked by extreme emotional reactivity, relationship instability, and self-injurious behaviors. Treatment of BPD helps patients tolerate the flux of emotions without acting on them, often with a specific focus on tolerating negative emotions. DBT addresses the core problems of BPD—fear of abandonment, low self-esteem, and impulsivity.

What is the goal of treatment in borderline personality disorder?

The goal of treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) is to relieve the extreme emotional distress that patients experience—to curb their emotional reactivity, to minimize their inclination to self-harm, and to reduce their impulsivity. Toward these ends, patients are not only taught an array of new coping skills and techniques for emotional regulation, they are given opportunities to practice them. Another major goal of treatment is interpersonal effectiveness; patients learn and problem-solve ways to effectively communicate in relationships, especially how to ask for what they need as a way to minimize hurt feelings.