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Personality Disorders


  • Date created

    February 3, 2018

  • Last updated

    May 10, 2019

Workshop information

This workshop offers the opportunity to understand the underlying pathology of this client population through a combination of theory and case studies. It can be difficult to remain focused when we encounter the distortions and chaos presenting with borderline individuals, so Denise gives practical methods for containment and management of client emotion, and regulation of self-esteem.

Areas covered

You will learn the attachment and bonding needs of BPD clients, their identity and security issues as well as transference and counter-transference issues.

Denise will share numerous and contrasting case studies from her specialised work in this area.  There will be plenty of opportunity for interaction and discussion.

Expected outcomes

A detailed understanding of the individual traits that define BPD and methods for treating those traits.  Resources, bibliography and practical keys to working with this client population will be given.  We will look at the criteria for differentiation from other possible disorders (eg: Histrionic, Dependent, Narcissistic Personality Disorders).  You can expect to come away with a greatly enhanced understanding of BPD and a growing confidence as you continue to work with your own clients.

Understanding Personality Disorders

Narcissistic, Antisocial, Borderline… these common terms are often bandied about inaccurately to describe ‘difficult’ people.  In this ground-breaking workshop we peel back the labels and grasp the causes and criteria of personality disorders (PDs).

Through discussion, case studies, creative writing, drama and music, participants will become familiar with the 10 PDs listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM-5).

4-Part Series – Helping the Adult Children of Borderline Mothers

This is a much requested series that runs over four dates.

It deals with how to effectively understand and help our clients who have grown up with Personality Disordered Mothers, particularly Borderline Mums.

It is based on the book by Christine Lawson: “Understanding the Borderline Mother.”

In the 4 weeks we explore:

  • the different types of Borderline Mums
  • the impact of their pathology on their children,
  • what type of men they partner with

Each workshop involves a learning element, discussion, use of case studies to enliven the material and practical methods of helping adult-children of Borderlines overcome the damage that has affected them over years of living with a Borderline mother.

Comments from recent BPD workshops

‘You present in such a down to earth and practical way.’

‘BPD was something I knew by name but didn’t really connect with in terms of my clients and skill set, that has now been remedied.’

‘I’m coming away with a much better understanding – hugely helpful in all my relationships, including myself!’

‘Your answers and presentation reflect your experience and depth of theoretical knowledge in the work.’

Upcoming Workshops

Day: Each workshop will be delivered on a Saturday and on a weeknight.
Venue: Near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.
Price: 50 euro per workshop.

The Victims of Narcissists (BPD/NPD)

Saturday 18th May 2019 (10am – 1pm) or Thursday 23rd May 2019 (4pm – 7pm)

Helping the victims regain control.

(Workshop code: PD3)

Workshop PD3 (Saturday)

Venue: Royal Marine Hotel. DúnLaoghaire, Dublin


Workshop PD3 (Thursday)

Venue: Near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

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