Borderline Personality Disorder Therapy

Around 1 in 100 have Borderline Personality Disorder

It may be that you have already been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or as you read further you may recognise the symptoms of BPD. If you or a family member have BPD it is essential for treatment to begin when a pervasive pattern of borderline personality disorder behaviour is diagnosed.

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What is BPD?

BPD is a personality disorder that makes it hard for people to feel comfortable with themselves and their identity

Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as BPD) can cause difficulties for individuals controlling emotions and urges. This may result in an inability to be able to manage relationships and conflict.

Often those with this condition struggle with thoughts and beliefs and themselves, others, and the world around them.

It is common for the symptoms or BPD to occur within teenage years or during early adulthood.

5% of the UK population could have BPD
That’s 3.3 million  people

What causes BPD?

Causes of this condition are still not widely understood

There is still much not known about the causes of this condition. However, research has suggested that a genetic link is possible although no BPD gene has been identified yet, this is still an area being studied. Altered brain chemicals and brain development have also been identified as possible causes which may contribute to the symptoms of BPD.

Environmental factors also such as suffering abuse, neglect or being exposed to another family member with a serious mental health condition can contribute to both likelihood of having BPD and one’s ability to manage the condition. What we do know is that BPD is not a choice and it is not the individual’s fault that they have this condition.

DSM Diagnostic Criteria

  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

  • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealisation and devaluation.

  • Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.

  • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self- damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).

  • Recurrent suicidal behaviour, gestures, or threats, or self- mutilating behaviour.

  • Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).

  • Chronic feelings of emptiness.

  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).

  • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Treatment for BPD

The best recognised treatment for BPD is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

DBT treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

Our DBT courses are lead by experienced DBT skill trainers & therapists

The best recognised treatments for BPD is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This treatment offers a combination of group and one to one therapy. The group therapy is once a week for 2 1/2 hours. Alongside this you will have an individual session with your therapist once a week. Both will take place in comfortable surroundings at one of our locations in Buckinghamshire.

The DBT group work is focused on skills training. There are four modules comprising of Core Mindfulness Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. The DBT full programme is 25 weeks long and is often completed twice.

The individual session will be one-hour therapy per week with your individual therapist. This time is utilised to manage life more effectively using the skills that you are learning in the DBT Group.

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A DBT perspective on BPD dysregulation

These are the key areas that DBT focuses on working on with BPD patients

Emotional Dysregulation

Individuals with BPD experience their emotional responses as extremes. You may find yourself reacting strongly to emotional stimuli and can experience episodes of depression, anxiety, irritability, and anger that may feel to you or others quite extreme.

Interpersonal Dysregulation

Relationships are chaotic, intense, emotional, and hard to give up; the fears of abandonment can be pronounced.

Behavioural Dysregulation

Adolescents with BPD demonstrate dangerous, impulsive, and suicidal behaviours; self-injury and suicide attempts. Dangerous drug use and unsafe sex are common behaviours.

Cognitive Dysregulation

Stressful situations and a history of trauma can lead to nonpsychotic loss of reality testing and may include depersonalization, dissociation, and delusions.


Individuals with BPD frequently have little sense of self; they feel empty and struggle mightily with a sense of purpose.

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