WorTH; a woman’s road to guidance, mindfulness, wholeness, success.
For many young adults, growing up with an undiagnosed or untreated mental health or personality disorder can have a lasting impact on their development. They may find it difficult or impossible to maintain interpersonal relationships, finish school, or keep a job. These struggles can, in turn, lead to substance abuse or other dangerous behavior.
The Woman’s Road or WoRTH program is structured to offer the kinds of help, healing, and support needed by these young adults. Our focus on dialectical behavioral therapy and dual diagnosis allow us to help our clients build a strong foundation for a bright future.
Living with borderline personality disorder–there is hope.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition marked by turbulent emotions, impulsive behavior, and interpersonal difficulty.
Until only recently, individuals who struggled with borderline personality disorder were either unrecognized, undiagnosed, or considered impossible to treat. People with borderline personality disorder can learn to understand and work within their disorder, and are able to live fulfilling lives.
The four phases of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)DBT was developed specifically to provide that kind of support, and is widely recognized as one of the most useful treatments for borderline individuals. All of our WoRTH therapists have been extensively trained, at the Portland DBT Institute. We emphasize DBT for all our clients–even those without BPD–due to the broad scope of its treatment potential.
Using techniques derived from Buddhist practices, clients learn to focus nonjudgmentally on the world around them, bringing their “rational” and “emotional” minds into balance. They learn to stop judging themselves so harshly, and to quietly observe their intense thoughts and feelings rather than immediately reacting to them.
Getting “hijacked” by emotions in a time of crisis can be damaging. DBT offers skills for identifying, understanding, and managing these emotions, no matter how overwhelming they may seem. By applying techniques from other DBT skill sets, such as mindfulness and distress tolerance, clients learn to control their feelings rather than being controlled by them.
Most of our clients are used to handling distress in harmful ways, such as drinking or using drugs. These skills offer a healthier alternative, with a basis in mindfulness and radical acceptance. Clients learn how to accept and tolerate distress in an observant, nonjudgemental fashion—and to make more appropriate, less destructive decisions.
These skills are focused on helping individuals interact positively and productively with others. They teach clients how to get their needs met, how to handle conflict, and how to keep their interpersonal relationships strong.