A New and Enlightening Perspective
In 2007 my path in life changed. I felt a pull to understand my past, a past that I had kept private for over 20 years. I began to research all I could find on borderline personality disorder, the cluster of nine criteria with which I had been diagnosed at the age of sixteen. As I read and researched, I developed an in-depth understanding of the highly stigmatized mental illness. The more I learned, the more I knew I had to be a part of the change, a change that needed to happen in order to effectively help those that suffered in the way I had so long ago.
With my lived experience as well my self-motivated education through reading, conferences, seminars and an academic psychoanalytic fellowship, I put together workshops to help others understand what motivates the behaviors we see with those struggling with BPD.
In time, as my expertise grew, I was asked to take clients into practice. Within a few years of my first client I have had the good fortune to treat many individuals struggling with the often misunderstood symptomology in my private peer support practice. By reserving judgment, straying from assumptions and fostering curiosity, this highly stigmatized and presumed difficult to treat disorder can be seen from a new and enlightening perspective.