This workshop will help to demystify the borderline diagnosis, and help the therapists to normalize their concerns, and to engage clients effectively with the tools that they already have in their toolbox. Participants will also be able to identify the wound that the client has, and work from that place. Particular attention will be paid to how grounding can help to center, and chair-work can help to externalize the traumas. A mixture of didactic and experiential work will help to ground the participants in the work. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring case examples to discuss their struggles.
Michael Brennan-Cotayo, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Master’s in Social Work from New York University in 2000 and is a graduate of the Gestalt Center. The majority of his post-master’s career has been spent working within the HIV/AIDS community as a social worker, advocate, community organizer, counselor and administrator. Through his work with this population he has learned to hone his skills in working with Axis II disorders, learning to normalize their experience, working from a very centered and grounded place.