Borderline Personality Disorder Research Project

BPD Research

From Diagnosis Towards a Developmental and Relational approach to Borderline Personality Disorder

How Integrative psychotherapists work with clients with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

How do Integrative psychotherapists, in the early stages of therapy, work with clients who present with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder?

I am conducting a grounded theory research project that will aim to explore your work with clients who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

This research project will form my dissertation for my final year of study of my MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI). Following successful completion of the master’s degree, and if accepted and with participants consent, participants' involvement will also contribute to a peer-reviewed journal article.

This study will be conducted within the SPTI Ethical Guidelines for Counselling Research and Psychotherapy and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Ethical guidelines for researching counselling and psychotherapy (both available on request) at all times and will be monitored and supervised by my course tutors and programme director within SPTI.

I am particularly interested to find out…

  • How do therapists conceptualise the Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis?
  • What theories inform this conceptualisation?
  • Is this shared with the client, and if so, how?
  • How does this then shape the therapy or any specific interventions?
  • What are the perceived benefits of reformulating the diagnosis in this way?
  • Does this process differ from work with other (non-BPD diagnosis) clients?

Want to be involved?

There are links above for more detailed inforation about the project, and please get in touch with me if you are interested in taking part.

Justin Clark
Justin Clark
Psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice

I am interested in how we come to be who we are, how we adapt to our early environment, and the lasting impact this can have.