Life in a Bind – BPD and me

My therapy journey, recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I write for , for Planet Mindful magazine, and for Muse Magazine Australia, under the name Clara Bridges. Listed in Top Ten Resources for BPD in 2016 by

My past experience of CBT – Part 1


Though I’ve written extensively over the last few years about my experience of open ended psychoanalytic psychotherapy, I’ve never really described my brief experiences with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the first of which occurred more than ten years ago, and the second of which occurred around six years ago. As with the many other different modes of therapy, I think it works well for some people and some situations, and less well for others. It was successful for me the first time, but utterly unhelpful the second, and I believe I now understand the reasons for that difference.

I recently wrote a couple of brief articles for the site Health Unlocked, about these two experiences of CBT. The first details my positive experience, and what I found valuable about the process, and can be found here:



4 thoughts on “My past experience of CBT – Part 1

  1. CBT felt like a waste of time to me. I’m glad it helped you a bit.

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    • Just realised I haven’t yet posted the link to Part 2 – my second experience we as far less positive, and I firmly believe that as with all tools, it is appropriate and useful for some situations and not others. Generally speaking, I think it can be helpful for short term less complex issues, but not really for longstanding or complex issues.. .I’ll try and post that link tonight !

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      • 🙂 I think you’re right. Especially because CBT requires knowing what’s going on in your life and having some clear goals. And if life is too much of a mess for that…… ugh, I can’t put what I’m thinking into words, it’s too whirling now. Have a good day.

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