Beverly Hills, MI Borderline Personality Disorder Counseling

Borderline Personality Disorder Counseling in Beverly Hills, MI—Therapists

When Pete Davidson, cast member of Saturday Night Live received a difficult mental health diagnosis, he responded as any comedian would: he shared his struggle in an open and honest and vulnerable and funny way. On the show’s segment, Weekend Update, Pete told Colin Jost about the difficulties that Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has caused in his life as well as the help he has received through therapy. Pete encouraged others, saying, “first of all, if you think you’re depressed, see a doctor and talk to them about medication, and also be healthy. Eating right and exercise can make a huge difference. And finally, if you are in the cast of a late-night comedy show, it might help, if they, ya know, do more of your sketches.” That last piece of advice may or may not be applicable, but the reaching out for help and seeking care is excellent advice for anyone who is struggling. In particular, when people reach out to a therapist and go to counseling for BPD, they often receive the help they need.

“This heart of mine has just two setting: nothing at all or too much.
There is no in between.”
—Beau Taplin

Thriveworks Beverly Hills works with clients who have Borderline Personality Disorder. BPD can make people’s lives unstable and volatile, but with therapy, many of our clients have managed their symptoms and learned how to live a more stable, controlled life.

Symptoms for BPD

There are ten different disorders that The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) classifies as personality disorder. These ten are all characterized by maladaptive practices—patterns of behavior that undermine an individual in some significant way. Each personality disorder has a unique maladaptive pattern, and Borderline Personality Disorder’s maladaptive pattern is volatility. When people have BPD, it can cause them to have unstable relationships with themselves and with others.

This volatility is shown in BPD’s symptoms, which include…

  • Going to extremes, avoiding any real or perceived relational separation.
  • Fear of being separated and abandoned in relationships.
  • Antagonistic behavior— participating in and/or starting fights, frequently lashing out in anger, using sarcasm and bitterness, et cetera.
  • Frequently altering one’s identity—values, perceptions, and goals in particular.
  • Swinging between emotional extremes: anxiety and anger, happiness and outrage, and so forth.
  • A pattern of difficult and even broken relationships (often, when people have BPD, they glorify others initially, and then when others inevitably fail to live up to the expectations, they may be deeply disappointed).
  • Experiencing paranoia that can last for minutes or hours wherein people are not in touch with the real world.
  • Attempting or threatening suicide or self injury as a way to cope with fear, criticism, or rejection.
  • A deep-seated, on-going feeling of emptiness.
  • Difficulty receiving rejection or criticism in any form (even constructive feedback).
  • Engaging in impulsive behavior and taking unnecessary risks that put people in danger: gambling, unfettered spending, reckless driving, drug use, self-sabotage, unsafe sex, binge eating, and more.

Borderline Personality Disorder, clearly, can cause significant harm in an individual’s life all by itself. However, BPD can also increase an individual’s risk for other mental illnesses like self-harm, disordered eating, depression, addiction, and substance abuse.

How BPD Develops

There are many mysteries as to why and how BPD develops, but mental health professionals understand that certain factors raise an individual’s risk for the disorder. Risk factors include…

  • A genetic history of mental illness in general or specifically BPD.
  • Surviving childhood abuse (verbal, sexual, or physical) and neglect, especially if received from a caregiver or parent.
  • A smaller hippocampus (the part of the brain that regulates stress hormones and responses).
  • As a child, experiencing the death of a parent or caregiver.

BPD and Therapy

The harm that BPD can bring into a person’s life is not inevitable. With treatment, people may be able to manage the symptoms of BPD. Skilled and experienced mental health professionals can often tailor a treatment plan to meet their clients’ individual needs. The best care is often personalized, but often, treatment for BPD includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy—an intervention develop specifically to treat BPD. This therapy emphasizes certain healing and coping techniques like…

  • Mindfulness: Observing oneself, what one is feeling, thinking, and sensing. These observations should be received without assessment or judgment or blame.
  • Emotional regulation: The ability to feel emotions and use these responses well. Emotional regulation gives people the skills they need to feel a wide range of emotions (anger, frustration, desperation, euphoria, joy, relaxation, and more) without being controlled by them.
  • Distress tolerance: Life is filled with disappointments, setbacks, frustrations, distress, and more. These are normal, universal experiences. Distress tolerances teachers people how to handle the harder moments of life with resiliency.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: Relationships are vital in life, and interpersonal effectiveness teaches people who to build a wide variety of connections, from romantic pursuits to acquaintances to professional contacts.

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment at Thriveworks Beverly Hills—Appointments

The therapists at Thriveworks Beverly Hills offer treatment for BPD, and we have appointments available. When you contact our office, your first appointment may be within 24 hours. We offer evening and weekend sessions, but we do not put our clients on a waitlist. We also accept many different insurance plans. Call us today.

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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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