Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ken Messina


dialectical behavior therapy, schema-focused therapy, treatment, borderline personality disorder, group therapy



Manifested symptoms can cause agony within an individual with borderline personality disorder. However, by integrating dialectical behavioral therapy and schema focused therapy, these theories can help the individual feel more at ease. In this group manual, individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder will participate in an 12 week group therapy for 2 hours. The group members will explore new approaches to cope with their established symptoms by focusing on the four core beliefs in dialectical behavior therapy, and schema modes in schema focused therapy. The goal of this group therapy is for the group members to consider themselves in the healthy adult mode, develop adequate coping mechanisms, decrease life-threatening behaviors, and improve quality of life. With these results, future researchers will have an alternative and effective approach to working with individuals with borderline personality disorder. Further research is needed to find the effectiveness of the integration of dialectical behavior therapy and schema focused therapy in individual therapy sessions.