Personality disorder treatment

How to get started

Find the right Psychologist

Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

Personal Matching

We recommend that your first step is a Personal Matching appointment. Research shows that the key to successful outcomes is the relationship between client and psychologist. At Psychology Melbourne, we don't leave that to chance. We offer a personal matching session with one of our trained Matching Psychologists who will expertly choose the right psychologist for you and your issues.

Fees & rebates

GP Referral

All our psychologists are registered with Medicare, allowing clients with a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their GP to receive a substantial rebate.

Note that you do not require a referral from a GP unless you intend to claim a Medicare rebate.

Find out more about MHCP Medicare rebate.

Information for referring GPs

Opening hours

Reception is open:
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 7 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

Find out more about our counselling hours and appointments.

Phone & video counselling

If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.

FAQs

See answers to frequently asked questions about our clinics, treatment, EAP, fees and rebates.

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"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

—Serenity Prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder characterised by extremely unstable emotions, relationships, and behaviour. People with Borderline Personality Disorder can have a severely distorted view of themselves.

They can be convinced that there is something fundamentally wrong with them and feel worthless and incapable of being loved. Usually people who live with BPD struggle with abandonment issues. Because they are terrified of being abandoned, they can falsify in their head the feeling that they are being abandoned. For example, someone who turns up late to someone with BPD's birthday party might be perceived by the person with BPD as them abandoning them which can be responded to by an outburst of anger. Because of the intensity of the reactions, people with BPD can often end up pushing people away and their beliefs become a self-fulfilling prophecy .

Relationships can be difficult to form and sustain, because the condition can be accompanied by anger, impulsiveness, risky behaviour and frequent mood swings. People with BPD don't have a strong sense of self, and struggle with their identity. People with BPD are more reactive to their environment than normal, and a stimulus which may seem trivial to most people could trigger a very strong emotional reaction. Borderline Personality Disorder is more frequent in women than in men, and symptoms usually begin to arise between the ages of 15 to 25.

Most people who have BPD have a history of complex trauma. Usually people with BPD have a pattern of instability within interpersonal relationships, and struggle with impulsive behaviour, likely beginning in early adulthood.

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What are some of the signs?

Loved ones with BPD

Having someone in your life who has Borderline Personality Disorder can feel like your relationship is going through an emotional roller coaster. When someone with BPD perceives that they may be abandoned they become reactive and may be angry or defensive. They find it very difficult to put themselves into someone else's shoes and struggle to tell the difference between small issues and catastrophes.

When to seek professional assistance

If you are thinking about harming yourself you need to seek help. If you suspect that you, or someone you know, is suffering from BPD it important to get treatment as soon as possible. A number of therapies can be used to treat the condition, with Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in particular achieving notable success.

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Strategies to help manage BPD

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