‘This is a useful book for those who use person-centred counselling in their practice, or who are training to become person-centred counsellors’ - Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Developing Person-Centred Counselling
Second Edition is designed to help counsellors improve their skills within the person-centred approach. Written by Dave Mearns, leading person-centred expert and bestselling author, the Second Edition has been fully revised and updated taking account of developments in person-centred practice.
With new chapters on growth and transference, the book covers the subjects which are central to person-centred training:
the core conditions; therapeutic alliance; development of the counsellor; therapeutic process; the person-centred approach in relation to psychopathology.
Supported by case material and examples from practice, each part of the book presents the counsellor with practical, and often challenging ideas, which encourage him/her to think carefully about his/her practice and how to improve it.
Developing Person-Centred Counselling, Second Edition is a highly practical and inspiring resource for trainees and practitioners alike.
Chapter 26: Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Presenting Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
The person with borderline personality disorder may present a wide variety of symptoms, such as impulsive behaviour, self-harm, mood swings, chronic feelings of emptiness and boredom (American Psychiatric Association, 1987). She may have psychotic experiences and paranoid reactions, usually of a temporary nature. The person's life may appear chaotic with destructive and damaging relationships, engagement in ‘dangerous’ behaviour such as substance abuse, promiscuity and criminal acts. She may have a tendency to over-indulge, for instance in eating, sexual behaviour or gambling. Sometimes there are feelings of depersonalisation, anxiety attacks and a slipping in and out of altered states of consciousness. In times of acute disturbance the person may have been [Page 110]admitted to hospital, indeed the ...