About OT for BPD

Thanks for visiting OT for BPD!

Our Mission:

  • To increase the awareness of the healthcare, attitudinal and community barriers that people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other mental health conditions experience.
  • To share how occupational therapy and other allied health interventions assist in the management and promotion of mental health.

Who Are We?

We are a team of occupational therapists dedicated to raising awareness and tackling the stigma associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other mental health conditions.

OT for BPD was developed in response to the stigma Laura encountered by healthcare professionals after being diagnosed with BPD. As a result I wanted to develop a project that could support consumers, assist therapists and help the community learn about BPD.


  • To help develop sensitive resources and an evidence base for therapists when working with BPD.
  • To share my passion for mental health and occupation
  • To share my knowledge and lived experience together with other inspiring advocates.
  • To discuss helpful interventions and strategies for living with and/or promoting one’s mental health.
  • To bridge a gap between consumers and people with severe mental health conditions
  • To be a representative of people with BPD and challenge the negative labels we are given

The Team

Laura Thyer
Occupational Therapist
Mental Health Advocate
Teaching and Research Associate at Monash University

Founder of OT for BPD

Since graduating as an Occupational therapist in 2015 I have become an educator of OT. I am enthusiastic about delivering teaching that is sensitive to the lived experience of consumers and ensuring future graduates are equipped with compassion and knowledge of working in partnership with people with mental health conditions. I hope that by sharing my lived experience I can help improve the experience of those struggling to understand BPD and also support those living with BPD. I would really appreciate positive discussions and comments. I am no expert in BPD but I hope to learn from others and continue to reflect on my experiences.πŸ’œ

Occupational Therapist
Mental Health Advocate

β€œHello everyone! My name is Anya, I recently completed my Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree, and I am extremely excited about this because it means that I can begin my career of helping people which is all I have ever wanted to do. 
On a more personal note, some things about me are that I love animals (especially my two beautiful pets Adam and Nikita), I love music and going to concerts, and I have recently developed a strong passion for exercise as a way to manage my own mental health. 
I am extremely excited to be a part of this community, and I very much look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you all and working together to advocate for the importance of occupational therapy for BPD!”


Occupational Therapist
Mental Health Advocate

Hey all! I’m Ozias a mental health OT from London, England (graduated in 2015). I’m also a mental health service user. 
I’m a massive Harry Potter fan (I’m in Slytherin if you’re wondering πŸ˜‚), and a bibliophile, both of which have been crucial in my recovery journey. 
In October 2018, I went back to uni to study Child & Adolescent Mental Health (Advanced Practitioner) MSc, so I’m often found lurking in coffee shops surrounded by journal articles πŸ€“ 
I’m really excited to be joining the OT for BPD page, and I hope that I can use my experiences to benefit some of you, and that we can advocate OT for BPD together 


2 thoughts on “About OT for BPD

  1. This is a wonderful website, thank you for creating this space πŸ™πŸ˜Š and providing such great information and care, Karen


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