Stronger Than Bpd: The Girl's Guide to Taking Control of Intense Emotions, Drama, and Chaos Using Dbt
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About the Author
Debbie Corso is a mental health blogging pioneer, courageously chronicling her journey while lighting a torch to provide hope to a severely emotionally wounded community. She has a BS from New York Institute of Technology in interdisciplinary studies in behavioral science, communications, and English, as well as a certificate in early childhood development. She is in recovery from borderline personality disorder (BPD). Through hard, consistent work with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), she no longer meets the criteria to be considered "borderline." Her work as an intake coordinator and case manager at a non-profit organization, working closely with children at risk for abuse and neglect, was the catalyst that propelled her to document and share her powerful journey through her blog, and hopeful and encouraging books on overcoming the oppressive symptoms of BPD. She currently cofacilitates online, worldwide DBT psychoeducational courses at www.emotionallysensitive.com. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.Foreword writer Gillian Galen, PsyD, is instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is program director and assistant director of training for McLean 3East Intensive Residential Program at the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital--a unique residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and BPD traits. She specializes in adolescent psychotherapy, including DBT. She has a particular interest in using mindfulness and yoga in the treatment of BPD and other psychiatric illnesses. Galen has been a registered yoga instructor since 2008. She is coauthor of Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder.
--Tamra Sattler, PhD, MFT, therapist, researcher, and entrepreneur
"Debbie has written a wise and wonderful book for those who struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Stronger than BPD provides an honest look at recovery while inspiring all of us to be our very best through more skillful living. I'm exceptionally proud to recommend this book to my clients and their family members."
--Amanda L. Smith, LMSW, dialectical behavior therapist and treatment consultant, and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Wellness Planner
"Written with the wisdom of one who has both suffered and lived in the solution, Debbie Corso's Stronger than BPD is a unique and highly accessible guide for those struggling with BPD traits, and the people who support them. Through powerful personal examples and with the clarity of a seasoned professional, Corso teaches the reader, step by step, to apply dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills to the storms of emotional turmoil and turbulent relationships. The author's hard-won success is an inspiration and testament to the power of DBT to heal and create lives truly worth living. Perfect as a stand-alone workbook as well as a complement to clinical support, Stronger than BPD is a remarkable guide that will change lives and bring new understanding to the practice of DBT."
--Kiera Van Gelder, MFA, author of the highly acclaimed memoir, The Buddha and the Borderline
"This book offers you a set of skills from someone who has been there. These are not theoretical experiences but instead the help and reflections that come from someone who has been there to those going through real-time struggles. A great addition to the literature."
--Blaise Aguirre, MD, medical director at McLean 3East Continuum of Care, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder
"DBT is touted by thousands of clinicians all over the globe. This book raises the bar because it describes survivors' lived experience--the most important testimonial of all. Congratulations to Debbie!"
--Perry D. Hoffman, PhD, president and cofounder of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD)