Why Learning DBT Skills Can Help Your Family Member with BPD

DBT skills familyA diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed. A BPD diagnosis also impacts family members and loved ones, who often struggle when it comes to helping their loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder.

If you have a family member with Borderline Personality Disorder, you may feel like you never say the right thing or are at a loss when it comes to showing you want to be there for support. This is where learning the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills comes in handy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy teaches skills within the four modules of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. Through DBT, which is often used in BPD treatment, you can learn skills that will help you to have a better relationships with your loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder, provide needed validation, listen non-judgmentally, and be more mindful.

All of these skills can go a long way toward providing support to your family member with Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as to yourself.

“By learning DBT skills, family members of those diagnosed with BPD can learn to better communicate with their loved one and offer them support, as well as get support themselves,” said Alina Gorgorian, Ph.D., clinical director of Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders in Los Angeles.

When you have a family member with Borderline Personality Disorder, this can mean the difference between having a tumultuous relationship and finding a middle ground that allows them to feel supported and understood.

DBT Skills Course for Families

Clearview Women’s Center, a BPD treatment center for women in Los Angeles, provides a five-week Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills course to family members of women enrolled in treatment at Clearview. DBT is the core treatment used throughout Clearview’s women’s residential treatment center for BPD and women’s day treatment center for BPD in Los Angeles.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this course to family members of our clients,” Gorgorian said. “It can only help our clients in making a successful recovery from their BPD symptoms.”

Through the five-week course, family members learn about Dialectical Behavior Therapy, how it’s helpful in BPD treatment, and how DBT skills can be used to enhance their relationship with their loved one with BPD.

For more about the Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills family course and Borderline Personality Disorder treatment at Clearview Women’s Center, visit www.ClearviewWomensCenter.com or call (800) 573-0770.

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