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What is Borderline personality disorder counseling?

Borderline personality disorder counseling in Knoxville, TN 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 Knoxville 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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Pete Davidson’s job is to make people laugh, and he has a big audience as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. But recently, he has used is platform for a different reason: he has been talking openly and honestly about mental health. Pete Davidson was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a serious mental illness. BPD alters the way that people see themselves and others. It can cause severe disruptions in relationships, erratic behavior, acute emotions, and extreme impulsiveness. Pete Davidson spoke openly about the harm the disorder has caused in his own life, but with wit and charm, he encouraged others that help is available. He told audiences, “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.” Of course, Pete was joking about that third piece of advice, but he was very serious that Dependent Personality has treatments and that going to therapy can bring relief.

Thriveworks Knoxville offers therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. We have seen the harm that it can cause when undiagnosed and untreated, but our mental health professionals have helped many people with BPD find the help they needed.

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) outlines the diagnostics for Borderline Personality Disorder and acknowledge it as one of ten personality disorders.

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

When people have BPD, the illness causes them to exhibit maladaptive behaviors across different life situations. It is characteristics by instability in relationships, sense of self, and feelings. If often begins in early adulthood, and people affected with the disorder are at increased risk for other mental health problems like depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and substance abuse.

Symptom of BPD may include…

  • An extreme dread of being abandoned—going to extremes to avoid perceived or real separation.
  • A history of intense, unstable relationships—often wavering between idealizing an individual and believing they are cruel.
  • Quickly changing between identities—shifting one’s values, goals, and perceptions easily.
  • Experiencing periods of paranoia wherein people lose touch with reality—these can last for minutes or hours.
  • Feeling tender about criticism and rejection.
  • Engaging in risky and impulsive behaviors that put themselves in danger—gambling, daredevil driving, drug use, unsafe sex, self-sabotage, spending sprees, binge eating, and more.
  • Threatening or attempting self-injury or suicide—particularly when afraid of rejection, or criticism.
  • Swinging between emotional extremes: irritability and happiness, anxiety and euphoria, et cetera.
  • A continuing feeling of emptiness.
  • Outbursts of anger or being belligerent—lost temper, sarcasm, bitterness, and more.

How Does BPD Develop?

Borderline Personality Disorder affects almost 2 percent of the US population, and women are three times more likely to be diagnosed as men. Many mental health professionals believe that men are affected at the same rate as women, but they are underdiagnosed. There are several things that can raise an individual’s risk of developing Borderline Personality Disorder, including environmental, social, genetic, and physical risk factors such as,

  • A history of childhood trauma (particularly emotional, sexual, or physical abuse by a caregiver).
  • A genetic history of BPD
  • A reduced hippocampus size (region of the brain that regulates stress responses and emotion).
  • Death of a caregiver as a child.

Treatment for BPD

There are a number of treatments available to those with Borderline Personality Disorder. There is no cure, but there are ways to manage the mental illness, and often, people who seek treatment experience improvement in their daily life. It may be important to work with a mental health professional who can personalize a treatment plan, but often, that treatment plan involves a form of therapy called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy focuses upon healing skills such as…

  • Emotional regulation is an individual’s ability to identify, process, and respond to difficult feelings.
  • Distress tolerance allows people to build up their resiliency to difficulties in life. It equips them with skills that empower them to face life’s ups and downs in a healthy way.
  • Mindfulness means that people begin to pay attention to their mind and the emotions in a non-judgmental way. People begin to observe themselves. This skills is a foundational skill for emotional health.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness equips people with the skills and expectations they need to build healthy relationships of all kinds—as friends, as family members, as romantic partners, and more.

Scheduling an Appointment at Thriveworks Knoxville for Borderline Personality Disorder

As you read through the symptoms and risk factors for BPD, did you recognize anything in your own life? If so, it may be time to reach out. The therapists at Thriveworks Knoxville offer treatment for BPD, and we have appointments available. When you contact our office, your first appointment may be the following day. You will not reach a voicemail, but a scheduling specialist will help you find a session. Weekend and evening sessions are offered, but we do not keep a waitlist, so you will never be put on one. We also accept many different insurance plans. Let’s work on healing together. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Knoxville therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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4.6 Thriveworks Knoxville reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Read more I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Knoxville Feb 2020
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★★★★★
I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Read more I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Knoxville Sep 2019
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★★★★★
Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Read more Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Knoxville Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Read more Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Knoxville Dec 2018
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★★★★★
Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Read more Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Knoxville Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Read more Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Read more My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Read more I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Knoxville Sep 2018
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Knoxville is located off of N Peters Rd and Market Pl Blvd, across the street from Market Place Shopping Center. Our other neighbors include Block Advisors, Geosyntec Consultants, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff. The closest bus stop to our building is N Peters Rd EB @ Market Place Blvd.

Phone number

(865) 290-2278

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