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Highly sensitive people, stigmatized by the diagnostic phrase "Borderline Personality Disorder," are very often bright, talented 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 almost always 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 the appropriate 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 co-dependent relationships, substance abuse and unhealthy coping skills.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a process of inquiry focused on understanding the underlying causes of our conditions. Bringing light to the unconscious processes that influence our choices is the path to healing both mind and spirit. Insight, both cognitive and emotional, brings self-awareness that is the first crucial step in a dialectic between acceptance and change. It is often a seemingly circuitous path that unwinds over time in an organic process unique to each person. There is no formula. There is a lot of not-knowing. This can be scary but it is also the space for possibility. In our work together, I will utilize an eclectic array of interventions including guided imagery, dream interpretation, mindfulness-based somatic techniques and cognitive or dialectical behavioral therapy, as they are appropriate.
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 making 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.
Like the sound of highly sensitive instruments, when precisely tuned and practiced with skill under the right conditions, the effect of highly sensitive people on the world can be exquisite. Your sensitivities are incredibly valuable indicators of the conditions that enable all living beings to thrive and, at the same time, to the person with borderline personality traits, it can feel like you are constantly experiencing the world in high definition. This heightened experience of the world leads highly sensitive people to feel chronically overstimulated and creates challenges that prevent them from skillfully expressing their unique gifts.
My clients are highly sensitive 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 the path with you towards uncovering your passion and actualizing your dreams while embracing the shadows and confronting the darkness. 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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