The Borderline Client, Shame and Somatic Counter-Transference


  • Ingrid Cryns



Borderline, Shame, Trauma, Somatic Counter-transference, Negative Feeling Affects


This paper is about understanding possible source causes of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and how it differs from Bipolar Disorder (BP), Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Attention Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The distinctions can be hard to grasp, are often overlapping, co-occurring at times and/or possibly mis-diagnosed. An overview is offered that compares the similarities and differences between these conditions. The core affect of shame is explained in how it may be experienced somatically in a Borderline client and the relationship of shame to distinct negative feelings of disgust, abandonment, and rejection are discussed. When working with difficult emotional states, some ideas are presented to work as a body oriented (Bioenergetic) psychotherapist to support a more integrated healing and recovery program for a BPD client. Some suggestions of diet, supplements and natural remedies are also included. Finally, recommendations are presented regarding how a psychotherapist can track and understand their own somatic counter-transference issues in order to work more effectively with a BPD client.

Author Biography

Ingrid Cryns

Ingrid Cryns, BES, B Arch, CBT, has a private practice in Toronto, Newmarket and Zephyr, Ontario. She has been a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist since 2004. Ingrid has written poetry, published articles on psychotherapy, regularly posts blogs and has taught a wide variety of webinars, seminars and workshops for over 15 years.
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How to Cite

Cryns, I. (2017). The Borderline Client, Shame and Somatic Counter-Transference. Bioenergetic Analysis, 27(1), 111–156.