Erin Johnston, LCSW, is a former writer for Verywell Mind covering borderline personality disorder. She is a practicing psychotherapist treating children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical work is heavily rooted in rape crisis and domestic violence, providing a solid background in crisis intervention. Erin has worked extensively with people suffering from personality disorders as well as other mental health issues. She views each person as a whole within their environment, and, while being an active participant in the therapy session, she looks to the client to provide direction for the sessions. Her goal is to provide each client with the insight and tools to improve their emotional health and overall quality of life. In addition to her clinical work, Erin provides mediation to those looking to resolve conflicts, including divorce and custody issues.
Erin has an undergraduate ('91) and graduate ('94) degree in social work from the University of Kentucky, College of Social Work. She completed licensure requirements and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 1996. She received her certificate in mediation from Northwestern University in 2006.
I think that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an often misunderstood diagnosis. It can feel like an insult, as opposed to an answer. Although symptoms of this disorder may be extremely distressing for the individual and those who care about him or her, it is important to remember that behind the fear is a passionate, talented individual who is full of fear. I hope that this site can help reduce the frustration experienced by those with BPD and those who care about them.