Hypnotherapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Many people suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD), a disorder of instability and problems with emotions.


People with BPD often experience other issues and complications such as anxiety disorder, depression, self-injury, and repeated job changes. Fortunately, hypnotherapy treatment for BPD has proven highly successful for many people, affecting change at a deep, emotional level and allowing clients to regain control and lead a healthy and successful life.

What is BPD?

Borderline personality disorder is a type of mental health condition which prevents people from managing or processing their emotions in a normal way.

As a result, it changes how you think and feel about everybody, including yourself. BPD is often associated with a sense of instability and insecurity which escalates into self-image issues and causes behavioural changes.

People with BPD can experience frequent and sudden mood swings resulting from a fear of abandonment or instability. Inappropriate anger and impulsivity may prevent them from maintaining healthy relationships with their family and friends.

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder

The symptoms of BPD can look a little different for every client. However, there are a few common signs that indicate a person is suffering from BPD, including:

  • a distorted and unstable self-image
  • suicidal thoughts or tendencies
  • intense fear of abandonment
  • sudden bursts of intense and inappropriate anger
  • impulsive behaviour (including binge-eating or drinking, unsafe sexual intercourse, reckless spending spree, addictive behaviour and more)
  • ongoing feeling of emptiness
  • feeling disassociated from your body
  • unstable relationship patterns with friends and family members

What causes BPD?

There are several factors that can result in somebody suffering from BPD, although the exact cause is unknown. The most likely include genetics, changes in brain structure, and environmental factors. Thus, you are at a higher risk of developing BPD if you have a family member with BPD or if you had a stressful childhood.

How to diagnose borderline personality disorder

Diagnosing BPD is not easy and a primary care doctor cannot diagnose borderline personality disorder since they lack the necessary experience and will likely refer you to a specialist.

Generally, it's recommended that you consult a reputed psychologist, psychiatrist, or clinical social worker to help you diagnose whether you are suffering from BPD. They will ask you about your own and your family’s history of mental and medical health issues. You will also likely go through an interview where you inform them about your symptoms, your mental and medical health, and more.

What are the treatment options for BPD?

The treatment options for borderline personality disorder include psychotherapy options such as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema-focused therapy, medication and in extreme cases, hospitalisation.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about hypnotherapy for BPD, you can book a free consultation with us today. Alternatively, you can browse other qualified hypnotherapists on Hypnotherapy Directory.

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Written by Stuart Downing, DMH DHyp Anxiety, Addictions, Insomnia, and Eating Disorders
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Stuart Downing, DMH DHyp, DNLP, EMDR Dip, MNACP, working from clinics in Warwickshire, Birmingham and Harley Street, London. Extensive client experience of successfully treating addictions - drug, alcohol, gambling and the associated anxiety and stress which is often present. Specialist treatment for B.P.D, O.C.D and eating disorders . E.M.D.R

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