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967 people sought borderline personality disorder counseling help in Massachusetts in the last year

Discover how starting borderline personality disorder counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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What is Borderline personality disorder counseling?

Borderline personality disorder counseling in Boston, MA is the main form of treatment for borderline personality disorder. It teaches individuals skills that enable them to better manage and cope with their symptoms.

How does Borderline personality disorder counseling work?

Borderline personality disorder counseling at Thriveworks is personalized to each individual. Depending on your unique needs, it can help you learn to manage uncomfortable feelings, reduce impulsivity, and improve relationships (which might otherwise be negatively affected by your condition).

Is Borderline personality disorder counseling conducted in person or online?

Borderline personality disorder counseling with our Thriveworks Boston therapists can be conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Borderline personality disorder counseling last?

The length of borderline personality disorder counseling sessions will vary from one person to the next, dependent on their specific needs. However, most treatments for borderline personality disorder last for 1-3 years.

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In one respect, Pete Davidson’s life has been a dream: as a native New Yorker and as a comedian, he is living his fantasy as a cast member of his hometown institution, Saturday Night Live. In another respect, Pete is also living his nightmare: he has shared openly about losing his dad when he was a child to the 9/11 attacks. Pete also opened up about his mental health challenges and being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. He took on these tough subjects the same way he takes on everything: with vulnerability, kindness, and humor. He encouraged SNL’s audience, 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.

The audience gave Pete a big laugh at that last suggestion, but everyone knew that his first two suggestions were on point. Seeking help and care are important for anyone, but especially for people diagnosed with BPD. Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder has helped people mitigate many of the harmful effects of the disorder and live the life they have envisioned. Thriveworks Boston has worked with many clients who have BPD and has offered them the treatment they need and deserve. It is possible to find equilibrium after BPD has thrown life off balance.

Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder

“It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative —whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.” — The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Each of the ten mental illnesses that The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) labels as a “personality disorder” has a unique way it causes maladaptive behavior in an individual’s life. These maladaptive behaviors are patterns in an individual’s life that often undermine their well-being, and Borderline Personality Disorder’s pattern is instability. BPD can cause volatility in an individual’s sense of self, emotions, and relationships.

That unpredictability is represented in the signs for BPD…

  • Swinging back and forth from one emotional extreme to another: happiness to irritability, euphoria to anger, and more.
  • A history of chaotic and often broken relationships (people with BPD may idealize people and then, when their expectations are not met, they villiainize them).
  • An inability to receive any kind of separation or criticism.
  • An extreme fear of being abandoned.
  • Risky behavior that can recklessly put people in harm’s way: spending sprees, daredevil driving, drug use, sex, self-sabotage, gambling, unsafe binge eating, and more.
  • Suicide attempts and self-injury (especially as a way to manage difficult emotions).
  • Outbursts of anger, belligerence, aggressiveness.
  • Feeling empty inside.

A quick glance at these signs of BPD gives a glimpse of the harm it can cause in an individual’s life. However, BPD can also raise people’s risk for other mental illnesses, including eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm, depression, and addiction.

Development and Management of Borderline Personality Disorder

Just over 1 percent of people in America have Borderline Personality Disorder. Women are diagnosed at a greater rate than men, but it is unclear if women are more susceptible to it or if men are under-diagnosed. What is clear is that certain genetic and experiential factors can increase an individual’s risk of developing it, factors such as…

  • A smaller hippocampus (part of the brain that handles emotion and stress responses).
  • As a child, losing a caregiver or parent to death or abandonment.
  • Surviving childhood trauma (especially emotional, sexual, or physical abuse by a parent or caregiver).
  • Genetic history of mental illness, particularly BPD.

The difficulty that BPD can introduce into an individual’s life may be alleviated with the help of mental health care. Many people who have BPD benefit from a therapy called Dialectical Behavior Therapy. As Eliza explains, DBT teaches people coping skills that can help them, skills like…

  • Emotional regulation – The ability to stay in control of oneself regardless of what one is feeling.
  • Distress tolerance – Turning to healthy coping mechanisms instead of unhealthy ones.
  • Mindfulness – Paying attention to what one is thinking, sensing, and feeling without passing judgment on those thoughts, sensations, and emotions.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness – Building healthy relationships in a wide variety of contexts and with a wide variety of people and in a wide variety of ways.

Counseling for Borderline Personality Disorder at Thriveworks Boston—Scheduling an Appointment

If you are ready to work with a mental health professional, know that Thriveworks Boston offers therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. When you contact our office, you will not reach a voicemail, but one of our scheduling specialists will answer your call and help you make an appointment. New clients often meet with their therapist within 24 hours of their first call. We accept many different insurance plans. We also offer weekend and evening appointments. Let’s work together. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Boston therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Read more For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Lillian Feb 2024
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I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Read more I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Erynn Feb 2024
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It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Read more It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Isoke Feb 2024
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My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Read more My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Gary Dec 2023
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I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Read more I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Boston Jan 2020
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As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Read more As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Boston Nov 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Boston is located at the corner of Emerson Place and Blossom Street, inside the Emerson Place Apartments building. We are located on the opposite side of Route 3 from the Charles River and Lederman Park. Across the street, on the opposite side of Blossom Street, you will find the Mass General Hospital complex.

Phone number

(617) 397-3951

Languages spoken by MA providers

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