Treating People with Borderline Personality Disorder


The Gestalt therapy attitude on contact, boundaries, personal responsibility, and dialogue is a natural for treating borderline patients.  Some psychoanalysts have varied from the psychoanalytic stance in working with borderline patients and moved closer to a dialogic approach.

The borderline client will often experience very intense primitive affect but not have the self-functions developed sufficiently to contain assimilate and work through.  At the beginning of therapy, the client typically can discuss in the split-off coping mode


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