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DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT) FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (BPD)
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that centers on the difficulty or inability to manage emotions effectively. The disorder occurs in the context of relationships: sometimes all relationships are affected, sometimes only one. It usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood. While some persons with BPD are high functioning in certain settings, their private lives may be in turmoil. Most people who have BPD suffer from problems regulating their emotions and thoughts, impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior, and unstable relationships. Other disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and other personality disorders can often exist
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy often used to treat BPD- though there is evidence that DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders, suicidal ideation, and for change in behavioral patterns such as self harm and substance abuse. DBT involves a process in which therapist and client work with acceptance and change-oriented strategies, and ultimately balance and synthesize them. The overall goal of DBT skills training is to help individuals change behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living.
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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an intervention based on scientific study of adult love and bonding processes in couples, is designed to address distress in intimate relationships of adults. Strategies from emotionally focused therapy can also be used in family therapy to help family members connect and improve emotional attachment. Couples seeking counseling to improve their relationships may find this method as beneficial, as it can help people better understand both their own emotional responses and those of significant people in their lives.
Therapists who provide EFT therapy typically work with couples and families to help facilitate the creation of secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members and reinforce any preexisting positive bonds, with the goal of helping those in treatment increase security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships.
TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA
Millions of Americans suffer from mental and emotional scars from extremely traumatic or disturbing events in their past. In recent years, many organizations have led campaigns to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its impact on military veterans returning from war. In addition to our military servicemen and servicewomen, millions of Americans struggle to recover from non-war-related trauma ranging from assault or abuse to other terrifying events that may unfold in every day life, such as car accidents or shocking news about a friend or family member.
Burdened by the sadness and fear that accompany these events, many follow their instinct to avoid discussion or reflection of horrific events. Fortunately, there are several roads to recovery through counseling. Two therapies used to treat trauma and PTSD are Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or ART, is a type of therapy that combines principles from several traditional forms of psychotherapy to reduce the effect of trauma and other psychological stressors. Using techniques such as rapid eye movement and image rescripting, this approach works to recondition stressful memories, changing how they are stored in the brain to improve overall mental health. People seeking therapy to reduce the impact of symptoms related to traumatic or stress-inducing memories, and/or to increase their capacity for resilience within a relatively short timeframe, may find ART beneficial.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. It is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
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