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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) (otherwise known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) which emerges from an interaction between genetic and environmental factors, is a disorder which affects mood, emotional responses and interpersonal relationships. Those with BPD generally experience emotional dysregulation, which involves intense mood changes, which are not easily regulated, disturbed patterns of perception, impulsive behaviour which often includes self-harming behaviour and unstable relationships.

Most people notice symptoms of borderline personality disorder in adolescence and continue to suffer from it in adulthood.

Find out more about our full programme DBT for BPD or EUPD in Guildford and online by getting in touch and booking your free 15 minute consultation.

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What causes BPD?


As is the case with most medical conditions, there is no one clear factor contributing to developing BPD. There may be a number of factors involved, and these factors will interact. Here are a few possible causes:

Problems with neurotransmitters in the brain, which causes issues with signal transmission between brain cells

  • Unusual development or activity of certain parts of the brain
  • Hereditary predisposition for sensitivity
  • Experiencing invalidation or trauma in childhood
  • Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

Signs of BPD

  • fast and intense mood changes
  • experiencing every emotion very intensely and having trouble soothing when upset
  • experiencing strong urges to self-harm or self-sabotage in various ways
  • prolonged periods of feeling emotionally numb or lonely
  • impulsive behaviour, such as unsafe sex, gambling, driving too fast, alcohol and drug abuse
  • unstable, ever-shifting sense of self

How can BPD impact my life?

Symptoms of BPD can range from mild to severe. The drive to engage in unpredictable, impulsive behaviours and the clouded perception of self may pose a higher risk of:

  • Problems with alcohol, smoking and drug abuse
  • Involvement in intense but unstable, sometimes co-dependent relationships
  • Drive to frequently change jobs, start new relationships, change education paths
  • Paranoid thoughts which may signal an onset of a psychotic episode
  • Attempts at self-harm and/or suicide
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Living with BPD

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma when it comes to the topic of mental health and wellness, more so when it comes to personality disorders. This only makes it more difficult for people to get expert help and start feeling better.

If you find that some of the symptoms mentioned previously resound with how you feel, know that we are here to help you resolve symptoms!

We offer a range of options including:

  • Full programme DBT
  • DBT Skills groups
  • DBT informed individual sessions


Dr Jo Gee & Associates offers full programme DBT with a range of options to treat your BPD. Our team of experts will guide you every step of the way to make the process as effortless and as comfortable as possible. When previous therapy and medication hasn’t worked in the past, know we are here to help you get your BPD in remission

Our choice of approach in treating borderline personality disorder is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Some of the benefits of DBT are:

  • It’s the gold standard treatment for BPD
  • It provides you with the necessary skills to manage your emotions, behaviours and thoughts
  • It works to help you manage and decrease behaviours that put your life and wellbeing at risk
  • It is effective and has a great success rate
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Whatever your current struggle, we are ready to help you. We offer a free 15 minute phone discussion and we look forward to hearing from you.

We offer online psychiatry, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy appointments.

For clinic appointments we work from Willow Health and DJGP in Guildford, Surrey. Clients come to see us online or from Addlestone, Aldershot, Ashford, Bisley, Camberley, Chertsey, Chobham, Cobham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Farnham, Farnborough, Fleet, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Horley, Horsham, Kingston, Leatherhead, Lightwater, Oxshot, Redhill, Reigate, Richmond, Send, Shere, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surbiton, Virginia Water, Walton-on-Thames, West End, Weybridge, Windlesham and Woking.

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    GU2 9JX



    3 Beaufort Parklands


    GU2 9JX


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