I AM BORDERLINE
Award winning short film on borderline personality disorder for June 2016, Art With Impact. Writer and Director Betsy Usher along side the SRP team created a film to help reduce the stigma of Borderline Personality Disorder. (Possible Trigger)
The Self-Regulation Project (SRP) aims to help individuals achieve personal and interpersonal growth through developing self-understanding and emotional regulation skills. We believe through a deeper understanding of self, individuals can create more positive peer and intimate relationships and better manage life stress. In keeping with WILA’s mission, the SRP is priced to be an affordable alternative for those who do not have adequate health insurance benefits and/or cannot afford expensive group therapy or private treatment aftercare.
Self-Regulation & Our Treatment Philosophy
Many people have difficulties with emotional regulation. These individuals tend to experience stormy interpersonal relationships, intense emotions, unstable moods, problems with impulsiveness, self-harm, and confusion about themselves and others. Research and clinical data show that these struggles are often linked to a history of childhood trauma or abuse, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, and insecure attachment. These traumatic life experiences generate a continuous cycle of suffering and become resistant to short-term treatments focused only on behavioral change or present day understandings of the problem.
The SRP’s treatment philosophy is based on sound theoretical principles, which integrate: 1) Psychoanalytic theories to identify and address the deeper non-obvious origins and meanings of one’s suffering; 2) Practical skill-building including DBT-Based and Mentalization-Based techniques to help improve day-to-day coping, impulsivity, and mood fluctuations; and 3) Mindfulness practices which are taught and modeled throughout the group experiences to aid in developing a gentler mindset so that healing and growth may take the time they require. New skills learned in the SRP will help participants regulate emotions, better tolerate distress, and support personal growth in relationship to others.
Participants and clinicians will co-construct a custom-tailored treatment program which includes individual psychotherapy and one or more groups per week. Each participant will be matched with a skilled member of our treatment team who will serve as their individual therapist unless they are already in individual treatment elsewhere. They will also get exposure to the variety of our therapists who co-facilitate the group experiences. These relationships – the therapeutic relationship – become a safe place of healing through attachment, honesty, and boundaried intimacy. Groups will be held weekdays and evenings (Monday-Thursday) and cover a variety of topics and skill sets (see the FAQ for detailed group descriptions).
Call (424) 371-5191 x436 or write to us to request a free 25 minute telephone intake interview. A member of our treatment team will explain the program and ask about your personal history to determine if the SRP is right for you.
- Better understanding yourself and others
- Stress management through mindfulness
- Becoming more aware of your reactions to people and situations
- Developing healthy assertiveness and self-expression
- Building self-respect and self-mastery
- Deepening relational skills and intimacy
- Finding the deeper meanings behind personal difficulties
- Identifying new ways to respond to old and challenging situations
For Referring Clinicians
Do you find yourself searching for inexpensive alternatives for continuing care when a patient’s insurance runs out? Do you find that personality disruptions persist even after a patient has become sober or stopped engaging in the behaviors that initially brought them into treatment? Is complex trauma and personality issues simply outside the scope of your treatment focus? SRP was designed to address the needs of these patients! We welcome referrals and potential collaborations from residential treatment centers, sober livings, partial hospitalization programs, time-limited IOPs, and clinicians in private practice.
- We offer a FREE phone assessment with one of our intake specialists
- Day and Evening groups and flexible individual treatment schedules
The SRP offers the type of supportive atmosphere needed for profound change. It is confidential and affordable with fees based on a sliding fee scale (minimum weekly fee of $60). We work collaboratively to individualize treatment plans that take into account the unique needs, challenges, schedule, and financial situation of each participant. Call 424-371-5191 x436 or email if you think we can be of help!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the days and times of the SRP?
- Participants will attend between 1 and 3 weekly individual psychotherapy sessions. You will be matched with a WILA therapist upon acceptance into the program unless you are already in individual treatment with another provider. In this case, treatment will be coordinated between the cliniciann and members of the SRP team.
- Groups take place Monday-Thursday day and evenings. Group attendance is mandatory as it is a critical component of the program.
A SAMPLE SRP GROUP SCHEDULE:
5:00-5:50: Pre-Treatment Group (for potential participants)
6:00-6:25: Community Meeting
6:30-7:50: Social Skills Group/Mentalization
6:00-6:50: Process Group
7:00-7:50: Eating Disorders & Addiction
11:00-12:20: Creative Expression Group
6:00-7:20: Life Skills Group
7:25-7:50: Community Meeting
What are groups that I will be participating in?
The Pre-Treatment Group gives prospective participants an opportunity to get familiar with participating in a group process before committing to the full SRP program. The group gives participants the change to sample the program, begin to establish relationships with prospective group members, and set initial goals and expectations for treatment.
The 30-minute Community Meeting Group convenes at the start of the week (Monday evenings for check-in) and the end of the week (Thursday evenings for check-out) and provides participants the opportunity to discuss their experiences of the program. Topics of discussion might include: program themes for the upcoming week, feedback about the program, individual experiences in the program, new insight gained during the week, challenges, and areas of growth.
Social Skills/Mentalization Group
The Social Skills/Mentalization Group will help participants better understand and respond to others in an array of social situations. The group format facilitates the development of social skills by helping members deal with shyness, social awkwardness, impulsivity, aggressiveness, anxiety, and feeling misunderstood by peers. Mentalization-based group activities will examine how group members interpret their own and other peoples’ actions as meaningful, based on their own internal mental states and early relationships with caregivers. Group members will learn to assert their needs in appropriate ways and use active listening to facilitate healthy communication.
The Process Group encourages personal exploration and the establishment of trusting relationships with other group members to learn to communicate honestly and openly. The group format is unstructured, so there is no set topic to be discussed. Instead, group members share struggles and concerns with one another, gain support, and receive feedback from multiple perspectives. Discussion usually develops organically from individual contributions to the group. Sharing thoughts and feelings in the safe and supportive environment of the group can aid in understanding interpersonal issues.
The Eating Disorders/Addictions Group provides a setting for members to honestly discuss issues they face with disordered eating, substance misuse, or behavioral addictions, while offering an antidote to the isolation often inherent with these struggles. Group topics will be determined by the particular needs and interests of the group member composition. Sessions may focus on common themes such as authenticity, perfectionism, shame, guilt, escape, and control.
Life Skills Group
The Life Skills Group is a DBT-based (Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based) group that includes four main areas: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. The group explores the topic of emotional regulation and helps participants discover the unique triggers which lead to disregulation, distress, and acting out. Group activities are aimed at helping participants become more aware of, and less reactive in their thinking and feeling. Participants develop practical strategies to become more effective interpersonally and to better tolerate distress.
***SRP may alter group structure to accommodate needs of program members
How long should I plan to be in the program?
- Total length of participation in the SRP varies, but all new participants are asked to make an initial three month commitment.
- On-going treatment is open-ended and based on an individuals’ needs, goals, and rate of progress.
- Progress will be discussed regularly between you and your therapist as well as amongst the SRP treatment team members. Termination or a modified schedule for participants transitioning out of the program will be determined collaboratively.
What if I already have an individual therapist?
Can I do just group therapy or just individual therapy?
What if I'm not ready to jump in?
We understand what a big decision committing to a program can be. For this reason, all prospective participants begin by attending the weekly SRP Pre-Treatment Group. This is an important stage of treatment where you will become acclimated to the program, begin to establish relationships with other prospective group members, and set initial goals and expectations. Pre-treatment groups are one hour per week and cost $30 per session. The length of time spent in Pre-Treatment depends on a range of factors including: your readiness to commit to the full program, the treatment team’s assessment of your ability to participate effectively in the SRP, and available openings in the program.
Who is the SRP not appropriate for?
- Active substance dependence and severe eating disorders
- Frequent psychiatric hospitalization or recurrent suicidal behaviors
- Untreated/unmanaged psychosis
Can I afford the SRP?
- Each participant’s weekly program fee is individually determined based on a sliding scale and the participant’s ability to pay.
- The minimum weekly program fee is $60 per week. This low-cost fee structure makes our program an affordable and accessible alternative to similar programs which generally cost $700 to thousands per week.
Will my insurance pay for the SRP?
I have a substance abuse problem in addition to anxiety and depression. Is the SRP a good program for me?
Who will be providing therapy in the SRP?
Where does the SRP take place?
I’m a clinician and would like to refer to the SRP. Whom do I contact?
What is WILA’s mission?
WILA is a socially conscious nonprofit serving the diverse communities of Los Angeles by providing high quality psychotherapy to those otherwise unable to afford long-term psychological care.