Hey Peers! FREE 30 Minute BPD Group with Andrea R, LCSW-R

Hosted by: andrea@bwellbstrongbpd.com
Meeting Details
Start Time:
Free
Category: general
Topic: Borderline Personality Disorder
Focus: Intro to All Things BPD Support Group
Private: No
Exclusive: No

Hey Peers! FREE 30 Minute BPD Group with Andrea R, LCSW-R

Description

This is a shorter, introductory group to the 90 minute All Things BPD group offered on Saturday afternoons. Meet others living with BPD in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. The floor is open, but we can discuss such topics such as navigating life with BPD, ways in which we cope, identifying barriers on the road to recovery and what does recovery look like? We can talk about problems that arise and the solutions we utilize. I’m Andrea. I facilitate the group and I’m a clinician and I’m recovered from BPD. I’ve had both intensive DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and TFP (transference-focused psychotherapy) treatment and multiple inpatient admissions. Today I’m a licensed clinical social worker, working full-time and I have great relationships with family and friends. I'm a published writer on the topic of mental health and recovery and I'm a new entrepreneur. I live in Westchester, NY with my rescue dog, Shelby.

BWellBStrongBPD

The name BWellBStrongBPD popped into my head one day and as a writer I liked the cadence, the rhythm, the way it sounded. Wellness and strength are markers in life to strive for, not absolutes. I know there were many times – and there are currently many days in my life – when I do not feel particularly well or strong – or both.

I was diagnosed with anorexia, major depressive disorder and borderline personality disorder in my late twenties.  Through hard work in therapy, including both DBT (dialectical behaivor therapy) and TFP (transference-focused psychotherapy), I've recovered from these illnesses. Recovery was definitely not linear - I like to compare it to a dance of two steps forward, one step back over and over again.

In 2000 I graduated with my master's in social work from Fordham Univeristy. Being in therapy, I'd become fascinated by the process.  Now, having worked for over twenty years in the field and experiencing the stigma as a patient and listening to my fellow clinicians, it's time to give back. That's why I started BWellBStrongBPD, a mental health advocacy and awareness organiztion.  I want people who have been diagnosed with BPD and their loved ones to know that full and sustained recovery from BPD - and other psychiatric illness is possible.