On a scale of one to ten, how intense are your emotions…?

Are they fairly steady, or do they change rapidly…?

Identity Issues - not knowing who you are or changing yourself for other people…?

Care to recall how many men or women you've slept with in the past couple of decades?

Or how many credit cards you've maxed out, or the number of times you've moved…?

Cutting, suicide attempts, desperately clinging to others, getting drunk or stoned, jumping into bed with strangers.

Anything to avoid abandonment and stop the pain…

…but something in you desperately wants to get better

Hi! I'm Amanda Watson

In 2007, I extended my Essex-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practice for those with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and other emotional problems, to treat patients with an illness that previously was thought to be "untreatable".

It's called Borderline Personality Disorder, a condition of extreme mood instability, a fear of abandonment, an uncertain sense of self, a pervading sense of emptiness, suicidal behaviour, self-mutilation, unmanageable anger, rocky relationships, stress-induced paranoia, or even dissociation (the feeling of leaving your body or 'zoning out', as though you're living in a dream or a movie).

The good news is that it can be treated, with a therapy designed specifically for BPD called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

As a therapist specialising in CBT, Schema-focused ('Life-traps') work and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), I've helped many of my clients come to terms with all kinds of emotional problems, including their urges to hurt or kill themselves; with their impulsiveness, their sensitivity, their shifting moods, their inherent fragility when under stress or when they've begun to feel connected to someone.

I've helped them learn how to tolerate the difficulties they have when they're alone, their need for security and their gnawing sense of dissatisfaction with what is.

While I don't claim to have eradicated their pain completely, they now have a more solid sense of themselves, of being independent; they feel they've created a new life for themselves, one without constant distress or misery.

And I passionately believe I can help you achieve the same.

If you struggle with Borderline issues yourself, or you have a formal diagnosis of BPD, or you're a GP, social worker, Clinical Commissioning Group, Mental Health professional, or a close friend, or ex-, or family member caring for someone but finding it hard to cope, this website is designed to give you a taste of the services I provide and to decide if DBT's defined goal of building a life worth living is right for you.

Click or tap the menu (  top-right) to browse the rest of this website for detailed information on how your borderline, or other symptoms can be made more manageable.

Begin, perhaps, by learning about the clients I work with, via the Who I work with panel, below.

Thanks for visiting,


Amanda Watson

Phone: +44 (0)7976 731373

Email: [email protected]

Who I work with

Learn about the kind of clients I work with, many of whom struggle with the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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Contact Amanda

If you feel that the information in this site gives you a good sense of how I work and you'd like to explore working with me straight away, fill in the form or call me on +44 (0)7976 731373

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About Amanda Watson

Amanda Watson, Dialectical Behaviour (DBT), Schema (ST) and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) therapist and specialist, discusses her background

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