Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is essentially a disorder of emotional dysregulation and those of us who are experts in the field would like to see it renamed as such. Those at risk for developing BPD are genetically and neurologically predisposed to a greater sensitivity to life events, particularly interpersonal events. If this greater sensitivity is combined with an early invalidating or abusive family environment, the person is at higher risk of developing the disorder. Alternatively, if the family cannot teach the sensitive child to manage or regulate his or her emotions, general life experience may also foster the development of BPD or BPD traits.

People with BPD tend to react emotionally more frequently, more intensely, and for a longer period of time than those who do not suffer from the disorder. This in turn can lead to interpersonal problems, cognitive distortions, identity confusion, emotional unpredictability and impulsivity.

People with BPD experience some or all of the following symptoms:

1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation

3. Identity disturbance or unstable sense of self

4. Impulsivity in two areas that are potentially self-damaging (for example, spending, sex, drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, reckless driving)

5. Recurrent suicidal behaviors, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

6. Emotional instability and moodiness

7. Chronic feelings of emptiness

8. Inappropriate, intense anger or lack of control of anger (temper, constant anger, physical fights)

9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

Psychologists who offer Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mentalization-Based Therapy, Schema-Focused Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (transference-focused) offer the hope and chance of recovery to those who suffer from BPD.

Psychologists with Expertise in Borderline Personality Disorder Therapy

Contact Gilmour Psychological Services® in Ottawa to schedule a consultation with a psychologist who has an expertise in Borderline Personality Disorder .

Iris Jackson

Dr. Iris Jackson

Dr. Iris Jackson is the founding psychologist of Gilmour Psychological Services® in 1983. She works with adults in individual or couples’ therapy. Although she treats a wide spectrum of issues and disorders, she has special proficiency in the treatment of substance abuse problems, identity problems, adult survivors of childhood trauma, anger management, mood and depression, anxiety and self-esteem disorders and relationship conflicts.

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Anne Boland

Dr. Anne Boland

Dr. Anne Boland provides therapy to Anglophone and francophone adults and couples. She works from a holistic healing and integrative perspective in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, childhood trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders (including Borderline), interpersonal difficulties, religious or spiritual issues.

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Karen Coupland

Dr. Karen Coupland

Dr. Karen Coupland works with a wide range of psychological problems, providing assistance to adults, adolescents, couples and families who are navigating the natural difficulties during life transitions.

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Delyana Miller

Dr. Delyana Miller

Dr. Delyana Miller provides psychotherapy and neuropsychological and psychological assessment services to adults and seniors with a variety of psychological difficulties such as depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem issues, learning and memory problems, adjusting to life changes.

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Dr. Angelina Chupetlovska

Dr. Angelina Chupetlovska works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She provides counselling, short- and long-term psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. She works with clients with a wide range of presenting problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, shame, loneliness, relationship difficulties, separation, career dissatisfaction, self-esteem issues, impaired creativity, substance abuse problems, and issues pertinent to LGBT individuals. She also aids with parenting issues and dealing with effects of parental conflict and divorce on children.

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