Treatment for borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder causes unstable moods and emotions and can lead to self-harm. It is marked by feelings of being out of control, and difficulty relating to others.

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Borderline personality disorder affects up to 5% of Australians. Causes are complex, as genetics, personality, and trauma can all play a part.

Wesley Hospital was the first treatment centre in Australia to use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to treat borderline personality disorder, a highly effective treatment. Now running for over 20 years, our program has trained some of the country’s leading DBT therapists.

Our hospital facilities in Ashfield and Kogarah offer two types of treatment programs that are designed to treat borderline personality disorder:

  1. inpatient care
  2. day patient programs.

Inpatient care involves staying in the hospital for a period of time to receive focused 24-hour care. During your stay, you will be supported by our team of professional and compassionate staff, giving you access to evidence-based psychiatric, nursing, and psychological support.

Treatment through our day patient programs uses DBT, which was specifically developed at Wesley Hospital for people who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and those struggling with self-harm or suicidal urges. 

Our Dialectical Behaviour Therapy program includes four modules:

  1. emotional regulation
  2. distress tolerance
  3. interpersonal effectiveness
  4. mindfulness.

The modules are taught and reinforced in the following formats:

  • skills taught in a group setting, conducted weekly for 12 months
  • phone coaching between sessions to support the use of skills in daily life
  • homework tasks and a weekly diary card, reviewed each week in group
  • mindfulness practice to control your attention and gain insight in order to make changes in your thinking and behaviour 
  • attending individual therapy in the community at least fortnightly. Individual therapy is not provided as part of the program, though it is a requirement for attending the program.

One of our caring staff members will work with you during admission to determine the best treatment plan for you.

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