The Stronger Than BPD Journal: DBT Activities to Help Women Manage Emotions and Heal from Borderline Personality Disorder

The Stronger Than BPD Journal: DBT Activities to Help Women Manage Emotions and Heal from Borderline Personality Disorder


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ISBN-13: 9781684030613
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 77,111
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Debbie Corso is a mental health blogging pioneer, courageously chronicling her journey while lighting a torch to provide hope to a severely emotionally wounded community. She has a BS in behavioral science, communications, and English from the New York Institute of Technology in interdisciplinary studies, as well as a certificate in early childhood development. She is a certified Emotional Confidence Life Coach, and is also in recovery from borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Through hard, consistent work using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), she no longer meets the criteria to be considered “borderline.” Her work as an intake coordinator and case manager at a nonprofit organization, working closely with children at risk for abuse and neglect, was the catalyst that propelled her to document and share her powerful journey through her blog, and hopeful and encouraging books on overcoming the oppressive symptoms of BPD. She currently cofacilitates worldwide DBT psychoeducational courses online at, and is author of Stronger Than BPD. Corso resides in Northern California.

Kathryn C. Holt, MSSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist who accompanies people on the journey of reclaiming their hunger, desire, and permission to live fully in their bodies and lives. She writes about her journey and her psychospiritual approach to healing at Kathryn studied DBT at Columbia University in New York City, NY, and worked with teens, adults, and families using DBT prior to moving to Boulder, CO, where she now lives and practices. She is now pursuing her PhD in depth psychology, and offers individual therapy, groups, and retreats with the intention of reconnecting people with their power, wisdom, and purpose.

Foreword writer Kiera Van Gelder, MFA, is an artist, educator, and writer diagnosed with BPD. An international speaker and advocate, she is featured in the documentary Back from the Edge: Living with and Recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Introduction 1

Part 1 How to Listen to Your True Inner Voice

A Thought Is a Thesis 12

Accessing Your Inner Archetypes 25

Pleasurable Events Practice 30

Who Is Running the Show in a Crisis? 34

Open and Listen to Your Heart 38

Part 2 Handling Life Stress, Upsets, and Triggers

Plan Ahead to Feel Better in the Moment 42

Your Superpowers 47

Mental Health Vacation 51

Acknowledging When Life Goes Right 54

Get Out of Your Mind 58

Part 3 Strengthening Your Emotional Resiliency from the Inside Out

Being Mindful of Your Body 63

Your Off-Screen Performance 69

Self-Care Using Your Senses: Caring for Your Wise Woman 76

Walk This Way (Mindfully) 83

Part 4 Connecting, Loving, and Boundaries

Relationship Inventory 92

Beloved Boundaries: The Wisdom of Saying No 99

Accepting a Different Point of View 107

Repairing Relationships: Mending After a Rupture 113

Part 5 Setting Intentions and Ideas for Future Exploration

Using Imagination to Access Inner Wisdom 125

Assessing Your Values 133

What's at Stake? 140

Building Mastery: Challenging Yourself with Small Steps 147

Moving Forward with Intention 157

Moving On and Moving Forward 165

Acknowledgments 167

References 169


Corso resides in Elk Grove, CA; Holt resides in Boulder, CO; Van Gelder resides in Greenfield, MA.

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