Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: 3 Strategies That Work

Learn 3 techniques you can immediately use in your practice!

Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is easily one of the most misunderstood disorders. There’s a host of reasons for this, and I’ll elaborate on some of them. In the below video, I’ll confront some of the most confusing issues and then present three easily implemented strategies to help you work more efficiently and effectively with your clients with BPD.

Let me give you three important, yet simple, strategies to help you out.


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Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D., has been treating and specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for the last 14 years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and has published several articles on personality, ethics, and neurofeedback. He is the author of The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders (PESI, 2013), Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook (PESI, 2015) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox (PESI, 2018). His specialty areas include personality disorders, ethics, and emotional intelligence. Dr. Fox has been teaching and supervising students for the last 13 years at various universities across the country, some of which include West Virginia University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Florida State University. He is a staff psychologist at the Federal Detention Center in Houston, Texas, adjunct assistant professor at University of Houston, as well as maintaining a private practice that specializes in working with difficult clients. Dr. Fox has given numerous workshops and seminars on ethics and personality disorders, personality disorders and crime, emotional intelligence, managing mental health within the prison system, and others.

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Topic: Personality Disorders

Tags: Challenging Clients | Personality Disorders | Strategies | Therapy Tools

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:43:33 AM | posted by
Great information, will use. Thanks so much for sharing. Barbara

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:35:09 PM | posted by Charley Marie Fox
The information was great. I wish there were worksheets we could refer back to so we don't forget the information. Thank you, Charley

Monday, May 31, 2021 9:04:10 PM | posted by Rita Navatka
I found this to be very helpful and informative. Thanks!

Monday, May 31, 2021 12:19:11 PM | posted by Jacque Saulpaw
Thank you Dr. Fox for these tips. I want to follow you further and will be registering for your upcoming seminars. Love your delivery style. Thank you again, very helpful.

Monday, May 31, 2021 9:10:27 AM | posted by Janet Marquez
Hi Dr. Fox, I enjoyed your video...gave me some strategies for myself and clients. I have a question. One of my clients has a 24 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with BPD. She has moved back in with my client, and threatens to kill herself when she is told no. How does one manage the daughter with BPD, and how does one manage oneself living with her daughter with BPD. My client is emotionally exhausted and is finding it difficult to do her work. Thank You Janet Marquez

Monday, May 31, 2021 8:35:04 AM | posted by Kathy
Thank you for this service of free and informative materials.

Monday, May 31, 2021 6:48:28 AM | posted by Leah
Would you use the oce idea on dissociative client?

Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:58:09 PM | posted by sandra
Thanks for this interesting and useful information.

Sunday, May 30, 2021 3:54:01 PM | posted by Lori williamson
What tips would you give for inmates with BPD? I work with offenders serving life sentences and we don’t have access to ice cubes and they are on a schedule but still can’t regulate their emotions. We teach and utilize DBT skills but many offenders don’t think they work. Due to limited resources being in prison