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The Benefits of Group Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Peer support, emotional regulation skills, and cognitive restructuring techniques are just some of the benefits of group therapy for BPD.


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How group therapy treats borderline personality disorder 

Group therapy (also known as group psychotherapy) is an effective form of treatment for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). In group therapy, people can benefit from the support and understanding of others who are experiencing similar struggles. The group dynamic allows people to learn from each other, gain new perspectives, and practice new social skills in a safe and supportive environment. By participating in group therapy, people can develop healthier coping mechanisms and improve their overall well-being. Group therapy also provides people with a sense of community and belonging, which can be incredibly valuable for those with BPD.

Skills taught in group therapy for borderline personality disorder 

In group therapy for BPD, skills are taught and practiced in a supportive and collaborative environment, allowing participants to learn from each other’s experiences and receive feedback and encouragement from their peers. The group dynamic can also provide a sense of community and belonging, which is particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with BPD. Some of the skills taught in group therapy for BPD are as follows:

Emotional regulation

Group therapy provides people with BPD with tools and techniques to identify, understand, and manage their emotions more effectively. This includes learning healthy coping strategies and communication skills to express emotions in a productive manner.

Distress tolerance

Group therapy helps people with BPD develop skills to tolerate and cope with distressing situations, emotions, and impulses without resorting to harmful behaviors or self-destructive actions.

Interpersonal effectiveness

People with BPD often struggle with maintaining healthy relationships. Group therapy teaches communication skills, boundary setting, and conflict resolution techniques to improve interpersonal interactions and build healthier connections with others.


Group therapy incorporates mindfulness techniques to help people with BPD become more aware and accepting of their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness practices can help reduce reactivity and impulsivity, leading to improved emotional regulation and distress tolerance.


Group therapy encourages people with BPD to develop self-compassion and self-acceptance. This includes challenging negative self-talk, practicing self-care, and cultivating a sense of worthiness and belonging.

Cognitive restructuring

Group therapy helps individuals with BPD recognize and challenge maladaptive thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to emotional dysregulation and relationship difficulties. By reframing negative thoughts and replacing them with more balanced perspectives, participants can experience improved mental well-being and healthier behaviors.

Schema therapy

Group therapy may incorporate elements of schema therapy, which focuses on identifying and challenging early maladaptive schemas or core beliefs that contribute to BPD symptoms. Through structured exercises and discussions, individuals can work on changing these deeply ingrained patterns to improve their mental health and functioning.

Benefits of group therapy for borderline personality disorder 

Group therapy for BPD can have significant long-term benefits for people struggling with this mental health condition. By participating in a group session, people can gain a sense of community and support from others who are facing similar challenges. This can help them feel less alone and more understood, which can ultimately lead to improved self-esteem and confidence. Additionally, group therapy provides opportunities for people to learn from each other’s experiences and coping strategies and to develop healthier relationship patterns. Over time, these positive changes can contribute to more stable and fulfilling lives for people with BPD.

How quickly does group therapy work for borderline personality disorder? 

Group therapy can be effective in treating BPD, but the speed of progress can vary from person to person. In general, research has shown that group therapy can help people improve their mental health symptoms relatively quickly, as they are able to learn from others in the group and gain support and validation for their experiences. Through a group session, people can develop coping skills and strategies that can help them manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. 

How is medication used to treat borderline personality disorder? 

Medication can be utilized as a component of the treatment plan for those with BPD to address symptoms such as mood swings, impulsivity, and aggression. Some of the medications commonly prescribed include mood stabilizers to help regulate emotions and reduce impulsive behavior. Antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may also be prescribed to alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety. Lastly, antipsychotic medications may be used to manage symptoms of psychosis or severe mood disturbances. It’s important for people with BPD to work closely with a mental health professional to determine the most effective combination of medication and therapy for their individual needs.

Other types of treatments for borderline personality disorder 

In addition to group therapy and medication management, some other types of treatments for BPD are as follows: 

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

DBT for BPD focuses on teaching people coping skills, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to help manage intense emotions and improve relationships.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT helps people with BPD identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors, providing them with skills to challenge and reframe their thinking and develop healthier coping strategies.

Schema-focused therapy

Schema therapy focuses on identifying and changing negative, ingrained patterns of thinking and behavior that developed in childhood, helping individuals to understand how their past experiences influence their current beliefs and behaviors.

Intensive outpatient program for borderline personality disorder  

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are used to treat BPD when a person requires more support than individual therapy can provide but does not need the level of care provided by inpatient treatment. IOPs typically offer a combination of group therapy, individual therapy, medication management, and support services, allowing the person to receive intensive treatment while still being able to live at home and maintain their daily responsibilities. Through a structured and comprehensive approach, IOPs aim to help people develop coping skills, improve emotional regulation, and build healthier relationships.

Borderline personality disorder treatment with Charlie Health 

If a young person in your life is struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), Charlie Health is here to help. Charlie Health offers a virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides more than once-weekly mental health treatment for young people and families dealing with complex mental health conditions, including BPD. Our expert clinicians incorporate evidence-based therapies into individual counseling, family therapy, and group sessions. With this kind of holistic treatment, managing BPD is possible. Fill out the form below or give us a call to start healing today.

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