Borderline Personality Disorder

Information on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other treatments for BPD

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) teaches people to understand the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. According to CBT theory, negative emotions are often the result of irrational and unhelpful thinking. CBT teaches people techniques to recognise and correct dysfunctional thoughts.


Traditional CBT techniques alone are often insufficient to address the problems experienced by people with BPD but they are often used to target many of the problems that go along with BPD.


Both DBT and Schema Therapy include some traditional CBT techniques.


A recent group program for BPD has been developed which contains elements of CBT, DBT and Schema Therapy approaches. The program, called STEPPS [Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving] (Blum, Bartels, St John, & Pfohl 2002) runs over 20 weeks. A recent controlled trial found group particpants to be significantly improved compared a control group of people with BPD who did not attend this to group.


Two psychodynamic therapies appear to be of some benefit to people with BPD. These are: Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) and Mentalisation-based Psychotherapy.


Disclaimer: This site provides only general information and is not designed to be used for diagnosis or treatment. You should consult a qualified mental health professional for advice on your situation. This is an Australian site designed for Australian audiences.