Residential Treatment for BPD

Residential Treatment for BPD

Living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is challenging, but living well with it is possible with the right treatment. A combination of therapies, a focus on past trauma, and care for all mental and physical health needs is the most effective way to manage BPD. Recognizing that you need residential treatment for borderline personality disorder isn’t easy, but taking the step to get care in a quiet, gender-specific, and safe facility is the next best step to help you learn to live a better life.

Borderline personality disorder is a very difficult mental illness to live with, and it especially affects women. BPD occurs three times as often in women as in men. Symptoms include a deep fear of being abandoned, difficult and unstable relationships, a feeling of emptiness and poor self-image, impulsive behaviors, self-harm, and extreme and sudden shifts in emotions and moods.

If you are struggling with BPD, treatment can help. This is a difficult condition to treat, but the right care can help you manage symptoms and build better relationships. Individualized treatment in a safe environment will guide you through the skills and strategies needed to build a more satisfying life.

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder at Helix

The main focus of treatment for a personality disorder is therapy. At Helix, an individualized treatment plan will be developed for you, including various types of therapy.

Helix offers these primary treatment modalities:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

Treatment at Helix also focuses on past trauma. For many women, traumatic experiences underlie, cause, contribute to, or worsen mental illness. In the case of BPD, past trauma is common. One study of 214 women with BPD found that 75 percent had a history of sexual abuse in childhood.

Whether trauma is the cause of or one of many triggers for borderline personality disorder, it is essential to address it, process it, and heal from it. You will benefit from trauma-focused therapies and mindfulness training. Expect to face your difficult past but in a safe, productive way.

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for BPD Treatment?

Personality disorders are notoriously difficult to treat. But if you have made the choice to get professional support, you are already on your way to getting better and improving your life. The expert staff here understands the challenges you face with BPD and how difficult it is to change perspective and recognize the patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy.

Not all treatment facilities are equipped to help someone with a personality disorder, especially women with trauma in their pasts. At Helix, the focus is on healing from trauma while addressing current mental health issues. All of your needs will be covered here, including trauma, mental illness, relationships, and lifestyle choices.

At Helix, you will benefit from treatment in a serene setting and a small group of residents working together as a supportive community. Treatment here is gender-specific, which is essential because women experience BPD differently from men in several important ways. For instance, women exhibit less anger and fewer explosive outbursts. They are not as impulsive as men. Women with BPD are more likely than men to have comorbid eating disorders, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Begin Your Recovery Journey.


What to Expect the First Day

Deciding to get help for BPD is a huge step. It is very difficult to recognize that your own behaviors and belief patterns are triggering all the challenges in your life, so to make the move to ask for professional support is major. To help make the first day a little less stressful, it is useful to know what will happen.

Our caring staff will allow you to settle in at your own pace. On day one, you will have plenty of time to unpack in your room, decompress, and explore the facility and grounds. Through a tour, you will get to know the residence and meet the other women.

Within the first 24 hours of your stay, you will also begin the real work of healing by undergoing a comprehensive diagnostic assessment. This will help diagnose and clarify you mental health issues and needs and inform your treatment plan. You will also meet your primary therapist on the first day and get to know each other.

Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

Your experience of treatment at Helix is overall one of safety and tranquility. Our facility is small, with just six beds, and is nestled in the beautiful hills overlooking San Diego. The serene environment we provide is ideal for healing and will help you feel safe as you face past trauma and difficult emotions.

Treatment here is always tailored to an individual’s needs and will address not just your personality disorder but all other mental health challenges as well. An array of traditional therapies is available along with alternative and creative therapies, holistic care, mindfulness practices, health and wellness skills, and preparation for life after treatment. Pets are also welcome here to help you feel even more comfortable.

Your experience at Helix should be one of healing and support. Rather than living with other patients, you’ll find you are here with supportive residents, other women who will help you on your journey. Each day is different here, but expect to benefit from daily individual therapy, outdoor recreation, group support, wellness practices, and even weekend outings.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

BPD is a challenge you will always have in your life. Personality disorders distort your thoughts, your self-image, your emotions, and your relationships with other people. Simply realizing that your own patterns are damaging is difficult, but if you can take that step, you can change your life for the better.

In treatment for BPD, the focus is on healing from the past but also building for the future. You’ll learn strategies and practice real skills that will help you manage your symptoms, enjoy stronger, more stable relationships, and make positive life changes.

Life can be better, even with a personality disorder. You may never forget your past traumatic experiences or be cured of BPD, but you can learn to make better choices, to live more healthfully, and to engage in regular, ongoing therapy to improve your life.

Don’t let the effects of borderline personality disorder control your life. We’re here for you…call us today.