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What Therapy Taught Me About Relationships

I talk and write a lot about how beneficial therapy is/was for me. I wanted to give an overview of the changes that happened for me during my course of Mentalisation Based Therapy. This will act as a record for me of my progress and will hopefully allow others an insight into what can potentially… Continue reading What Therapy Taught Me About Relationships

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Ending Therapy

When I thought about my course of therapy, I worried about hating everyone in group. I was concerned about my individual therapist leaving due to historic occurrences. But I never really considered the end. As is the nature of NHS treatment and psychotherapy more generally, it wasn’t going to last forever. I knew it would… Continue reading Ending Therapy

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The Place In Between

Everything seems to be going okay. You’re working hard on your mental health – taking your medication, eating healthily, getting out the house, doing things you enjoy, going to therapy etc. You are supposed to feel good but you don’t and that’s the awful thing about depression. It doesn’t always matter what is going on around… Continue reading The Place In Between

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MBT: Relationships

Difficulty managing emotions, all or nothing thinking, low self esteem and fears of abandonment are all symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. As you can imagine, these make relationships very hard to maintain. Common problems faced include switching from loving to hating someone very quickly, pushing people away to avoid dealing with them leaving and a… Continue reading MBT: Relationships

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MBT: managing emotions

Following on from previous posts, I thought I’d write a little bit about how mentalising has helped me with managing my emotions. A big part of BPD involves experiencing very intense emotions. It’s rare that I am ever feeling balanced, it’s all or nothing with emotion just like so many other things in life. MBT… Continue reading MBT: managing emotions

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MBT: The Therapy Sessions

Following on from the introduction I wrote of MBT, I want to let you know a little more about how my therapy sessions work. For most MBT treatments, there is a combination of both individual and group sessions. I have both of these over a period of 18 months. Each week, I attend a 50 minute session with… Continue reading MBT: The Therapy Sessions

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MBT: introduction

I have been in therapy for almost 9 months now. My particular therapy is known as ‘Mentalisation Based Therapy.’ I wrote this post over a year ago about my experience in the skills group which I was required to attend before embarking on the full course of therapy. I learnt a lot in the skills… Continue reading MBT: introduction