I have exciting news: I have been offered the position of a research assistant volunteer over the summer months. The research is all related to BPD and the team are at the forefront of the field. It is very exciting, and I am also super relieved because it means I will have structure over the summer months.
- Patients’ experiences of DBT and of prolonged exposure for PTSD.
- Parenting interventions for parents with personality disorders
- Psychological interventions in inpatient settings
I won’t be able to be part of the team if I’m behaviourally unstable as it wouldn’t be appropriate. So, it is a huge incentive for me to keep doing what I am doing; remaining abstinent from self-harm and using skills to stabilise as much as possible. And all with the hope of being able to ultimately use my experiences to help others in some way.
Ironically, my therapist knows the professor, and it feels very strange that my two worlds (of real-life, professional, responsible psychology student me and in-therapy, vulnerable, struggling, Borderline me) are colliding in this way!