DBT Peer Connections

Building Hope, Community and Skillful Means

About the Author

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Marsha Linehan (Left) Rachel Gill (right) Mindfulness training, Vancouver, Wa. 04/22/2013

Some may think that having the label of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mark of shame. However, I can honestly say that receiving the diagnosis was one of the best things that ever happened to me because it ultimately led me to dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In fact, after 10 years of futile attempts to find the correct diagnosis and treatment, I was so appreciative of the label, I did something that often puzzles those whom I tell my story; I sent the social worker who correctly diagnosed me a bouquet of flowers and a thank you card.

What is more, when Dr. Marsha Linehan, the founder of DBT came out about her struggles in youth with suicide and psychiatric institutionalization, it instantly changed my views of my own experiences in youth with suicide and psychiatric institutionalization. In fact, it reversed every doubt I had about what people with BPD could achieve. I realized that If Marsha Linehan could overcome BPD and become one of the most respected and important clinical psychologists of our time, it is possible that I can overcome BPD and do amazing things too. Thus, I decided to follow Dr. Linehan’s example and have dedicated my life to helping myself and others heal from BPD through love, acceptance, change, and science. Recovery is not an easy path. I must practice skills every day and because it is difficult, I appreciate every healing step I take. I may have BPD but BPD does not have me.

I do not share my story because I am proud of having BPD. I share my story because I am not ashamed of having BPD. Most importantly, I want the world to see that we with BPD do not need to be managed, avoided, or put away in jails and mental hospitals. We need compassion, support, and evidence-based treatments like DBT. Provide these and you will see not lost causes, but people overcoming extraordinary challenges to achieve extraordinary things.

Rachel Gill, B.Sc. (aka Pinki Tuscaderro)
DBT Peer Connections Founder
Email: ilovedbt@gmail.com


6 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. These are truly enormous ideas in about blogging. You have touched some nice things here.
    Any way keep up wrinting.


  2. Rachel, love what you’re doing with this site. I had tried to work with CBT for some time for depression (maybe BPD or something similar). I just finished a 12 week DBT group course (and individual therapy) lead by someone I think is a really talented therapist. It was good. I had been thinking about the pros and cons of seeking out or perhaps starting a peer group of people helping each other, supporting, encouraging and learning these skills. It looks like you’ve already done that here – congrats and many thanks! I look forward to exploring the site more, using some of what look like great resources here, and hopefully being able to support others in their journeys.



  3. You are an inspiration. Thank you for creating this site!


  4. “I may have BPD, but BPD does not have me.”
    I LOVE the way you put this… I might even have to make it my mantra as I work hard to practice skills every day!


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