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Self-Compassion When We Need it Most

Self-compassion is a funny thing. When we need it most, we are often least “deserving” of it and fairly unwilling to practice it. When we send that e-mail to the wrong person, eat the entire bag of Doritos, snap at our family members, or when it feels impossible to simply get out of bed and get to work, why in the world would we be kind and gentle to ourselves? Shouldn’t we be berating ourselves until we stop making these mistakes, until we are better and can do better? Yes, we have a tendency to unleash the inner critic and beat ourselves up when we fall short of perfection. But it is these very times when we most need to be reminded that we are just “human” and that everything will, eventually, be okay. When we mess up, embarrass ourselves, and act against our own values we suffer! And meeting that suffering with kindness and compassion can be the difference between a few moments of discomfort and an entire week of feeling like a no good, worthless piece of garbage. Practicing self-compassion requires us to face our shortcomings and mistakes and accept ourselves, 100%, as we are in the moment. Flaws and all. Instead of going down the usual path of criticism and condemnation, we must meet our suffering self with a gentle and compassionate attitude as we would our beloved dog, friend, child, or spouse.  This is not self-indulgence. This is not being irresponsible. This is believing that because we are human beings with heartbeats, we have the right to make mistakes and to be imperfect, and we...

What the heck is DBT?

Are you emotionally sensitive and looking for a way to cope with your strong emotions? Have you ever heard of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy? DBT is a treatment that incorporates mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation skills. The video below, What the Heck is DBT?,  is a creative and informative introduction to DBT and how it is used in treatment. Thanks to  Barbara Stuart and Esme Shaller and their team at UC-San Francisco for this awesome video....

BPD Family Support Group: FREE support group for families

If you have someone close to you suffering from BPD and would like to be part of a group that will offer encouragement and support, join the BPD Family Support Group.   When: Thursdays – October 1, October 15, November 5, December 3  6-8pm   Where: The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County   Please Contact: Jacki Krone at or Pam Hernandez at

Clinicians Corner

Articles written by mental health providers about topics of interest to FBPDA readers


The Missing Link: Treating Trauma Disorders in individuals with BPD

The Missing Link:  Treating Trauma Disorders in individuals with BPD By Kelly Turner, LCSW Trauma Disorders are a growing problem in the United States. Recent research indicates that in The United States, 1.8% of men and 5.2% of women are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Kessler et al., 2005). The prevalence of PTSD among those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are much higher. In a recent study the comorbidity of PTSD in individuals diagnosed with PTSD was 30.2% (Pagura et al., 2010). At the same time, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was showing poor remissions rates in PTSD with outcomes as low as 35% remission rates (Harned et al., 2008). We know that PTSD symptoms are related to BPD symptoms in individuals with comorbid diagnosis. The problem the field has been presented with is that evidence based treatments for PTSD come with exclusion criteria that include risks of suicide, self-injury, and substance use disorders.   These exclusion criteria have led clinicians to exclude BPD clients from evidence based trauma treatments. As clinicians, we were left with an individual that needed trauma treatment, but the belief was the treatment was not safe for them to participate in, yet we were struggling to make progress in treatment not being able to address the PTSD. Dr. Melanie Harned along with Dr. Marsha Linehan pioneered a treatment for these individuals that combined DBT along with Prolonged Exposure (PE), an effective treatment for trauma developed by Dr. Edna Foa. They combined the self-monitoring strategies in DBT (diary cards and pre/post session ratings) with the exposure principles in PE. Initial studies indicate that PE...

About those families….

FBPDA just hosted our second in the series of 3 informational events to the community about issues related to BPD.  On Weds. evening a group of us got together at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and viewed a film about family issues and options and then had a lively and open discussion.  People were able to critique the film, both positive and negative aspects of it, and speak their minds even if there were different perspectives or opinions, and there were lots of excellent points and insights and even personal sharing.  As a therapist, it warmed my heart to see the amount of recovery, growth and courage in that room, both from people who self-identified as having BPD, therapists, and the family members.   Although the turnout wasn’t as big as I personally had hoped, given that these are our first community events, it is a good opportunity to learn what works, what doesn’t so we can continue to adapt it to respond to the feedback.  We are working on about taking these events to other parts of the state so if you think your community would benefit from some education about BPD, contact us and we can arrange with you to come to your area. Our final educational event for this series is about Adolescents and BPD and is May 20th, from 6-8, also at the Children’s Board which is on 1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.  It is free and donations are accepted but not...

A great free educational opportunity for all is starting this Sunday: NEABPD Teleconference Series

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder WINTER: SUNDAY CALL-IN SERIES 2015      8pm to 9pm EST  REGISTRATION FOR THESE FREE-OF-CHARGE SESSIONS IS AT: NEABPDCALLS@AOL.COM February 15th   Charlie Swenson, MD and Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.        Skills as the Core of DBT:  Commentaries on the New Skills Manual ======================================================================================= February 22nd  Anthony Ruocco, Ph.D.                      Cognitive Functioning and Functional Abilities in BPD March 1st          Edward Selby, Ph.D.                            Emotional Cascades & Understanding the Chaos & Complexity of BPD March 22nd     Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, Ph.D.   The Interplay of Emotional and Interpersonal Processes in BPD March 29th      Diana Diamond, Ph.D.                         Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Severe Narcissistic             Personality Disorders, Recent Developments in Research & Treatment April 12th         Kenneth Silk, MD                                  Ask the Doctor: Medication and More April 19th         Marina Bornovalova, Ph.D.                 Quantitative Genetic Studies on Borderline Personality...

Upcoming Events


December 2015

BPD Family Support Group - FREE

December 3, 2015


Do you have a loved one suffering from BPD or emotional dysregulation? Please join two FBPDA Board Members for an evening offering encouragement and support.

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 1

Thursday, October 15

Thursday, November 5

Thursday, December 3

(more dates to be announced)


The Children's Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33605

For more information, please contact:

Jacki Krone at or Pam Hernandez at

FBPDA Board Meeting 10 AM to Noon

December 19, 2015
511 Wilbur St. Brandon, FL 33511