Therapy for Family Members of/or Someone with BPD in Iowa

Do you live or know of a family member who has a negative or unstable sense of self? Are they experiencing interpersonal difficulties because their moods are unpredictable and can fluctuate wildly? Is there a pattern of intense, unstable relationships and fears of abandonment? Is this person hot and cold, it feels like they love you or hate you almost in the same breath? Does it feel like “I hate you but don’t you dare leave me”?

If you have encountered such concerns with your loved one, there is a chance that you are dealing with a borderline personality disorder, or BPD. 

Despite your efforts to build lasting and loving relationships, they usually respond with impulsiveness, anger, and mood swings in an attempt to push you away, all the while fearing abandonment.

This personality disorder is often a result of childhood trauma and results in intense, unstable patterns of behavior. Although it is cause for concern, with proper long-term care, it is possible to learn better self-regulation and improve relationships.

Identifying the traits of this disorder might prove to be challenging for an untrained individual, and that is where I come in. As a trained professional in mental health, I can determine the severity of the disorder depending on the symptoms exhibited through comprehensive assessment.

Several symptoms are associated with borderline personality disorder. It is crucial to seek professional help if you come across the following signs:

Risky and impulsive behavior such as suicidal thoughts and attempts, self-injuring behavior like cutting or burning, explosive outbursts or unstable mood, chronic feelings of emptiness, and self-sabotage are some of the most obvious signs of BPD.

Living with someone impulsive and emotionally volatile is difficult and strenuous, both physically and mentally. As a trained professional with experience in mental disorders, I can help your loved one challenge the feelings of emptiness and stress. I can also help family and friends learn ways of navigating relationships with someone with BPD, like how to set clear boundaries, respond to difficult or challenging behaviors, and support the recovery of the loved one or friend.

Kate Freese, LISW
Kate Freese, LISW
Kate Freese, LISW
Kate Freese, LISW

I understand the challenges a person with BPD experiences, and the need for a personalized treatment plan.

This disorder usually occurs because of trauma and alongside other mental health-related conditions.

Get in touch with me today for a free 20 minute consultation.