BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER AND DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, OXFORDSHIRE AND HERTFORDSHIRE.

The best treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. If you live in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire or Hertfordshire our clinic offers Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for adults with BPD or teenagers with emerging Borderline Personality Disorder.
We are based in Buckinghamshire, and from that we recommend that clients coming for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy are within an hour’s drive from us. The surrounding counties of Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire both meet that criterion.
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 is essential for treatment to begin when a pervasive pattern of borderline personality disorder behaviour is diagnosed. DBT or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is the recognised gold standard for Borderline Personality Disorder.
As our treatment base for BPD is most usually Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, the core symptoms of BPD are described in relation to usual treatment style. However we do have a combination of other therapies available if you and your therapist feel that DBT is not right for you at this time.
From a dialectical behaviour therapy perspective, the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder/BPD have been divided into 5 areas of dysregulation:

  • 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.
  • Self-dysregulation: individuals with BPD frequently have little sense of self; they feel empty and struggle mightily with a sense of purpose.

So, how does Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) work?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a combination of group and one to one therapy. The group therapy is once a week for 2.5 hours and you will have an individual session with your therapist once a week. Both of these 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. Each module is nine weeks in length. It is recommended that each module is completed twice; hence it is a 16-18 month programme.
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 Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Group.

If you have Borderline Personality Disorder and are searching for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire or Hertfordshire please call us today on 01296 749013 or fill in the short form below and one of our team will contact you within 24 hours.