Couples & Individual Therapy Online in California In Person Therapy in Tiburon
Highly sensitive people who exhibit signs and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are frequently bright, gifted individuals who think deeply and feel intensely. This heightened experience of the world leads to unique challenges that can be transformed into powerful growth opportunities in therapy.
Highly sensitive people are often incredibly empathic individuals who sense what others are feeling on an intuitive level. This is a beautiful gift that can make it hard to know how to set appropriate boundaries. When an individual’s sensitivity to others and to the world is overwhelming, it can be confusing to distinguish the emotional experience of others from one's own. In the absence of a healthy degree of emotional differentiation, an individual is likely to feel emotionally flooded and overstimulated much of the time. This can make it difficult to express oneself effectively and may lead to mood swings, unstable relationships and self destructive behaviors.
Insight gained in therapy, whether cognitive, somatic or emotional, brings self awareness that is the first step in a dialectic between acceptance and change that ultimately aims at integration. The therapeutic process can take a seemingly circuitous path that unwinds in its own time. There is no formula. There is a lot of not-knowing. This can be intimidating but it is also the space for possibility. In our work together, I will utilize an eclectic array of interventions including analysis, dream interpretation, guided imagery, mindfulness-based somatic techniques and dialectical behavioral therapy, as they are appropriate to your unique personality and circumstances.
By learning to employ mindfulness techniques and access your own inner wisdom, I can help you regulate emotional intensity, locate a stable sense of self, root in your own resilience and cope with an unpredictable world. Improved insight and self awareness along with the ability to manage your emotions and set firm boundaries are some of the ways to improve the way you relate to the world that can have lasting impact on the quality of your life and personal relationships. The goal is to find that critical balance between finding acceptance and creating change, learning to make space for opposite and contradictory emotions, see the nuance in these polarities, and work towards a holistic integration in which mind, body and spirit are in alignment, so you can feel complete and at peace simply being at home with yourself.
Like the sound of highly sensitive instruments, precisely tuned and practiced with skill under the right conditions, the effect of highly sensitive people on the world can be exquisite. Sentient instruments, your sensitivities are incredibly valuable indicators of the conditions that enable all living beings to feel safe and thrive. At the same time, to the empath, highly sensitive person, or individual with traits of borderline personality, it can feel like you are experiencing the world in high definition. This heightened experience of the world can lead to hyperarousal, a chronically overstimulated central nervous system, fatigue and emotional disregulation, creating obstacles in relationships and challenges in skillfully expressing your unique creative and empathic gifts, the secret superpowers of highly sensitive people.
My clients are empaths and artists, writers and thinkers, scientists, explorers and dreamers - creative people who are deeply affected by the world and whose sensitivities are both their greatest asset and most daunting challenge. It is my great privilege to walk this path with you, embracing the shadows that allow your light to shine bright. You deserve to feel things deeply without also being deeply shaken. The world deserves your gifts. Contact me today to schedule a free intake call.
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