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Treatment for borderline personality disorder

Treatment for borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality is a serious mental illness affecting every aspect of life and causing unstable moods and emotions. At Wesley Hospital we offer proven and effective treatment for borderline personality disorder and our aim is to help you return to a fulfilled and connected life with your family and friends.

What is borderline personality disorder?

Here, we explain borderline personality disorder and its symptoms, as well as what you can expect when receiving treatment at Wesley Hospital. Learn about the types of treatment programs available and your payment options.

If you would like to enquire  about admission, please submit an Admission Enquiry form and one of our caring staff will be in touch with you.

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Our treatment for borderline personality disorder

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 treatment 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.

Day programs

Treatment through our day patient program uses dialectical behaviour therapy. This evidence-based therapy was specifically developed at Wesley Hospital for people who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and others who struggle 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 help 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.

Upcoming day programs for borderline personality disorder:

Program name


Hospital location

 Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

One day per week, depending on availability.



 1. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

2. Introductory Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (iDBT)

Tuesday & Thursday 9.30 – 3pm

A half day session each Wednesday for 16 weeks.



Fees and costs

As a private hospital, we are able to arrange payment through your private health insurance. If you don’t have private health insurance, then you may wish to consider our other payment options. Read more to find the best payment option that suits you.

Additional resources

Below are some books that may be useful for further research into borderline personality disorder:

  • The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide (Alexander L Chapman and Kim L. Gratz, New Harbinger, 2007)
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder (Paul T Mason and Randi Kreger, New Harbinger, 1998)