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What is borderline personality disorder?

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Consultant psychologist Elena Touroni explains how borderline personality disorder is defined, the kind of factors that cause it and the problems that it can lead to in people’s lives. 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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Borderline personality disorder is a developmental disorder. The term is very, very poor because anything that has the reference of a personality disorder can often make people feel incredibly stigmatised. But what we mean by a personality disorder is that during the development of this person’s personality, when they were sort of child and adolescents that they weren’t able to reach certain developmental sort of achievements and stages because often of quite a lot of difficulties in their environment, in their childhood, in their kind of interaction with their family. So there is lots of different causes of borderline personality disorder. Most people these days talk about a biopsychosocial model of personality disorder, which means that somebody will have an experience of an invalidating environment, as well as actually a biological vulnerability to experience intense emotional states. People who suffer from borderline personality disorder will have impairment that is quite significant. They tend to suffer from very unstable relationships. They tend to have difficulties with holding down a job. They might be very unsure of their sense of self and identity in who they are. They might have lots of impulsive behaviour, such as eating, substance misuse, sometimes self-harm and suicidal behaviours in order to regulate very difficult emotional states.

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.