Clearview Women’s Center Launches DBT Skills Course for Families With Borderline Personality Disorder

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Clearview’s Borderline Personality Disorder treatment center for women in Los Angeles now offers a 5-week course for families of women enrolled in its residential or day BPD treatment.

BPD treatment center for women

Clearview Women's Center, a Borderline Personality Disorder treatment center for women

This can only help our clients in making a successful recovery from their BPD symptoms.

When a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is made, it’s not just the person diagnosed who is affected. Family members and loved ones are also impacted by BPD and need support just as much as the person diagnosed.

It was for this reason that Clearview Women’s Center, a BPD treatment center for women in Los Angeles, recently launched a five-week Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills course for family members of women enrolled in treatment at Clearview.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy has proven to be the most effective treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, and the skills learned in DBT can benefit all who are impacted by a diagnosis.

“By learning DBT skills, family members of those diagnosed with BPD can learn to better communicate with their loved one and offer them support, as well as get support themselves,” said Alina Gorgorian, Ph.D., clinical director of Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders. “We are very excited to be able to offer this course to family members of our clients.”

DBT Treatment Center for Women

Clearview Women’s Center is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment center for women. DBT is the core treatment used throughout its women’s residential treatment center for BPD and women’s day treatment center for BPD in Los Angeles.

In treatment at Clearview, women focus on learning and applying DBT skills within the four DBT modules of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. These skills can help women to better manage their BPD symptoms and learn healthier ways to cope.

Clearview is a comprehensive DBT program, meaning that women participate in individual DBT therapy, DBT skills group, and phone coaching, and the DBT therapists participate in a weekly consultation team meeting to get the support they need.

DBT Skills Course for Families

Because family members were often having a hard time understanding what the DBT skills were and how their loved one in treatment was using them, Clearview developed a DBT curriculum for families.

“We’ve created a truly comprehensive DBT program, and we wanted to enhance treatment even more by extending what we’re teaching clients to family members and loved ones,” Gorgorian said. “This can only help our clients in making a successful recovery from their BPD symptoms.”

During the five-week skills course, family members are provided an overview of DBT skills, including validation, and how to apply them.

Through the course, family members can learn skills that will enhance their relationship with their loved one with BPD and better understand the treatment their loved one is engaging in.

The course is held every Wednesday night from 6-7:30 p.m. PST via telephone and is led by Nicole Riddle, PhD, a DBT therapist at Clearview Women’s Center. The course is included as part of Clearview’s treatment program and is open to all families of women enrolled at Clearview Women’s Center.

About Clearview Women’s Center

Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders is a division of Clearview Treatment Programs. It was opened in 2009 specifically to treat women with BPD symptoms and emotional dysregulation, and is one of the only programs of its kind in the country.

Clearview Women’s Center offers residential treatment for women, day treatment, and outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs in Los Angeles. Clearview's programs are designed to treat women who struggle with emotional dysregulation, relational conflicts, impulse control, and/or self-harmful behaviors.

For more on Clearview Women’s Center, visit or call (800) 573-0770.

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