The only credential I have is that I was diagnosed with Bordeline Personality Disorder, graduated from DBT and have created this website, with help from others, as a resource in hopes of helping others on their journeys.
I began this website in 2001 because, at the time, there was very little DBT information on the internet geared toward DBT participants and graduates. Along with my colleagues, we were desperate to find a way to continue our DBT instruction or at least, stay updated on the skills. For me, staying active with the site has been a real gift. It has allowed me to remain active in DBT and be reminded of the skills to make my life a life worth living.
I believe that many people who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other mental illnesses as I have, are vulnerable adults. This seems especially true when a person is in the 'throws' of learning DBT. It can be a confusing time. The process of incorporating the skills will be very helpful in the end, but in the meantime, is wrought with upheaval. We are challenging long-held beliefs and patterns of behavior that are familiar. It is easy to mistake familiar with better.
On this website, we tell our stories and write 'lessons' to share how it is for us to experience using DBT skills in our lives. We want to make the process of integrating the skills easier for other DBT clients like ourselves. At some point or other, we have felt very alone in the process of applying the skills to our lives. This was true when we were participants as well as after graduating. Every one of us has felt, at times, that it was just too difficult and we wouldn't be able to do it.
What we have learned is that integrating DBT skills requires practice. I feel there's sort of a good news/bad news about practice. The good news is that all that is required is to 'show up.' Every time I practice being mindful, I get better at it. In that sense, I am guaranteed success. The bad news is that it takes time and patience which is a virtue difficult to maintain.
I hope you will find new ways to practice and stay up to date with your skills. I am grateful to all of visitors and contributors who have joined me in making DBT accessible. It is really my honor to serve you.