The Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Program (BPDTP) provides long-term (6 months or more), specialized treatment for adults with severe Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Our program is based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and includes other therapies that have also shown evidence of being effective in treating BPD.
BPD describes a pattern of instability in mood, relationships, and behaviour. These often include relationship problems, intense negative emotions (anger, hopelessness, etc.) and self-destructive behaviours (including, but not limited to, suicidal thoughts and self-injury). People with BPD also often suffer from other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance-use problems.
Individuals in this program generally have received little benefit from other treatments, are frequent users of health care resources, and/or are at risk of having their symptoms worsen without specialized treatment.
The program is made up of a psychiatrist, psychologists, and other mental health professionals (including social workers, residents and students). This team helps individuals develop skills to manage their emotions, develop more meaningful relationships, and improve their overall quality of life.
Accessing this Service
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To get an appointment, you must be referred by a clinician from NSHA Mental Health and Addictions Program in Central Zone.
Upon review of your referral, you will be placed on a waitlist for an assessment. You will be contacted by the BPDTP when it is time to schedule your assessment.
Individuals must be 19 years of age and live within the Central Zone of Nova Scotia Health Authority. They must also be willing to work with the treatment team, work on difficulties, and attend and participate in all program components.