Borderline Personality Disorder DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Skills) Group

About the BPD Recovery Program

The Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) program is founded upon evidenced-based therapies for treating BPD. The program utilises Dialectical Behavioural Skills (DBT), occupational therapy interventions, a narrative therapy approach and creative arts interventions.

The group is facilitated by Laura Ludowyke, a mental health professional. Laura is a qualified Occupational Therapist (Honours) who is completing her PhD in Borderline Personality Disorder.

In completing this program, you will develop an understanding of strategies to live a meaningful and purpose-filled life with BPD in an encouraging and understanding environment.

A range of topics will be covered, including goal setting, understanding BPD symptoms, understanding the BPD brain, values work, crisis management, distress management, sensory approaches and mindfulness activities.

Structure of the Program

  • The BPD Recovery program is a six-week block.
  • Delivery: Online via zoom 75 minutes
  • Cost: $275* includes full 6-week program
  • There are eight spaces available. The program will commence when these spaces are filled
  • *Full payment is required prior to the first session.

Who is the program for?

This program is for people who experience difficulties in regulating their emotions, behaviours and thoughts. You do not need a formal mental health diagnosis to attend. Symptoms you may be experiencing include:

  • Cognitions/Mood: black-and-white thinking, inflexible thinking, unstable sense of who you are and your identity, feelings of emptiness, lack of motivation and difficulty managing stress   
  • Behaviours: difficulties with self-harm and impulsivity, inability to work towards meaningful goals
  • Life areas: Difficulties in areas of work, study, volunteer, self-care, and leisure.

What is a Mental Health Occupational Therapist?

Occupational therapists provide strengths-based, behavioural-oriented and goal-directed services to improve mental health and wellbeing, and help people access personally relevant and valued roles in life. OTs take a holistic, person-centred approach focussed on supporting an individual to function and experience enhanced wellbeing through participation in activities that are important to them.

Program requirements

Over 18 years
Needing practical strategies to help with managing every daily life
Ready to start reflecting on and changing behaviours
Willing to encourage others in the group to grow
Ability to commit to the six weeks
Agree to complete agreed group homework
Ability to use zoom to attend the program
Complete a 15-minute orientation phone call
Complete the referral form

Suitable participants

Participants’ suitability for the program will be assessed depending on the participants: age and the age of other participants in the group, availability,  goals and mental health needs.

Intake Process

  1. Complete the referral form
  2. Email form to
  3. Laura will review the application.
  4. Laura will then arrange a time for a 15-minute phone call to determine suitability for the program.
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