availability-icon

Offered in-person & online

Our therapists offer Borderline Personality Disorder Counseling in Grand Rapids, MI

Get in-person or online care, and cover the majority of the costs with your insurance.

All Grand Rapids Charter Township services

Connect with a therapist, psychiatrist or counselor near you
Image of a therapist and client in a counseling session.

1,156 people sought borderline personality disorder counseling help in Michigan in the last year

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

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +20 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, +22 more

I am a white woman with nearly four years of experience working with many different populations and in various fields within social work.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +16 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, +23 more

I have a wide range of experience to help me understand the individual needs a person may have.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +24 more
Narcissism, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +10 more

As a professional who has had to ask for help before, I know this process can be intimidating and difficult, but let me reassure you that seeking assi... As a professional who has had to ask for help before, I know this process can be intimidating and difficult, but let me reassure you that seeking assistance is a courageous step towards personal growth and emotional well-being. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +21 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, +13 more

I like to meet people where they're at, then help them find their own path through life.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +23 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, LGBTQIA+, +19 more

As a person who has made many life transitions, my passion is assisting clients to process their experiences and identify methods to best ensure their... As a person who has made many life transitions, my passion is assisting clients to process their experiences and identify methods to best ensure their transitions are smooth and beneficial as possible. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +23 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Behavioral Issues, +18 more

I understand what overcoming is...I had to overcome childhood trauma. I've been there. Healing from trauma is not easy, but you're worth the time and ... I understand what overcoming is...I had to overcome childhood trauma. I've been there. Healing from trauma is not easy, but you're worth the time and the effort. You have this one life, and it's important that you are able to show up for it in a way that you can feel good about, be at peace about, and be proud of. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +21 more
Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +18 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +11 more

As a woman who is married, has kids, and has been working in mental health for a few years, I understand the impact of stress, depression, and trauma ... As a woman who is married, has kids, and has been working in mental health for a few years, I understand the impact of stress, depression, and trauma and the affect they have on everyday life. Read more

Starting Borderline personality disorder counseling

What is borderline personality disorder counseling?

Borderline personality disorder counseling in Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 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 Grand Rapids Charter Township 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.

Need more help deciding?

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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids—Appointments

The therapists at Thriveworks Grand Rapids 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.

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 Grand Rapids Charter Township therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

Show more
Self-pay costs at Grand Rapids Charter Township
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
I am loving Thriveworks not only for the convenience of virtual appointments, but this is the first place I’ve tried that has actually helped. My therapist is incredibly kind and helpful and is amazing at helping me with any issues I’m struggling with. They paired me with a therapist that is experienced in the specific areas I needed help with, and it has been wonderful. I would absolutely recommend Thriveworks!
Read more I am loving Thriveworks not only for the convenience of virtual appointments, but this is the first place I’ve tried that has actually helped. My therapist is incredibly kind and helpful and is amazing at helping me with any issues I’m struggling with. They paired me with a therapist that is experienced in the specific areas I needed help with, and it has been wonderful. I would absolutely recommend Thriveworks!
Kelly Jan 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
I have worked with Pamela Rybka LPC both personally and professionally. I have found her compassion and expertise invaluable. She has helped with me issues related to aging and grief and loss. If you need someone to help you on life's journey, contact her. Her kindness and gentle confrontation will help you be the best person you can be.
Read more I have worked with Pamela Rybka LPC both personally and professionally. I have found her compassion and expertise invaluable. She has helped with me issues related to aging and grief and loss. If you need someone to help you on life's journey, contact her. Her kindness and gentle confrontation will help you be the best person you can be.
Grand Rapids Jul 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Emily Warning is an amazing therapist. She is very professional and knows how to listen and respond to my concerns. She really makes me feel heard. Thank you Emily, you are great!
Read more Emily Warning is an amazing therapist. She is very professional and knows how to listen and respond to my concerns. She really makes me feel heard. Thank you Emily, you are great!
Grand Rapids May 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cassie personally and professionally for over 10 years. She is an extremely kind and compassionate person. She is an excellent listener, she is very thoughtful, organized and you can tell she genuinely cares about her clients and wants to help. She’s an excellent communicator and I would highly recommend her as a counselor any day!
Read more I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cassie personally and professionally for over 10 years. She is an extremely kind and compassionate person. She is an excellent listener, she is very thoughtful, organized and you can tell she genuinely cares about her clients and wants to help. She’s an excellent communicator and I would highly recommend her as a counselor any day!
Grand Rapids Mar 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
Read more Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
Grand Rapids Jan 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
Read more Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Sep 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
Read more My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
Grand Rapids Jul 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
Read more I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
Grand Rapids Mar 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Grand Rapids is located off of Kenmoor Ave SE. We share an office with Paper Plane Therapies, and are located near the ClearChoice Dental Implant Center.

Phone number

(616) 421-9387

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Shown in ET

Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm

Shown in ET

9 photos