Family and friends can feel helpless when a loved one is experiencing extreme emotions and not know where to turn for support of their own. Understanding emotion dysregulation/borderline personality disorder is important in order to understand our loved ones who are struggling. It’s extremely important for families to learn DBT skills in supporting a loved ones recovery and success. Recovery is a journey for everyone involved. Families learning DBT skills can learn new ways of coping with their own feelings in order to be effective, lead by example and in moments of intense emotions can help loved ones remember useful skills to use in stressful situations. We offer the family course for people to learn the same skills structured the same way as the Intro class for those who suffer so the learning and growing can be a shared experience. It can be especially reassuring when everyone is on the same page and speaking the same language. The entire family can quickly become skillful together which enables effective communication, validation and support of everyone.
Check out our resources section for more information on ERD/BPD and supports.