A powerful therapeutic conversation

It always feels like a relapse when I come into hospital. Like I’ve failed. And that I should not be back in this place. 

Today I saw the very first nurse who admitted me four years ago on my first admission. The nurse that sat with me in my tears, and gave me hope. The nurse that taught me about the power of therapeutic use of self. I was so joyful. He calls me smiley 😃 I told him how he’s inspired many of my blogs on therapeutic use of self. 


“You’ve come so far. I’m proud of you – you’re a teacher now!” He said. 

“But I’m back in here” – I said

“But look at all the things you’ve done and it’s okay to come back. It’s part of the journey.”

Made me think, since this journey I have learnt so much. And I am stronger and wiser. And no longer “becoming”. Rather appreciation of “who I am”. At this very moment.


Published by Beyond Personality Disorders

Founder of My Potential Mental health Advocate; Occupational Therapy Teacher and Researcher Australia “As an occupational therapist diagnosed with BPD I will use this page to share about the various interventions and strategies that are helpful to those with BPD. I will also share about the positive and sometimes challenging approaches that health professionals have used in my treatment in emergency, inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I hope that by sharing my lived experience I can help improve the experience of those struggling to understand Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD) and also support those living with BPD and other mental health challenges Most importantly we will share how occupation can powerfully help change lives!" Laura

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