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How is borderline personality disorder treated?

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London-based private psychology Elena Touroni explains how various treatments now exist for borderline personality disorder, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy and Schema Therapy. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com

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The borderline personality disorder, for a very long time, was being seen by professionals as a condition that is impossible to treat. These days there are many very good evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder. The three main ones are the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and that tends to be a therapy that focuses on people reducing impulsive behaviour, self-harm, and learning new skills to regulate their emotions. There is Mentalisation Based Treatment that focuses on helping the person develop an understanding of their mind and the mind of other people. And then there’s Schema Therapy, which tends to help people engage in much more meaningful relationships and break long term, lifelong patterns of relating to others that can be incredibly unhelpful to them. All these three approaches have very, very good evidence for being effective with borderline personality disorder, and we tend to choose depending on which area the person’s difficulties are mostly located in. So if they have lots of impulsive behaviours, then we are more likely to choose something such as the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, whereas if their difficulties are more relational, we tend to make a choice between Mentalisation Based Treatment or Schema Therapy.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr. Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr. Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.