Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Program (BPDTP)

What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

The term BPD describes a pattern of instability in mood, relationships, and behaviour. This often includes relationship problems, intense negative emotions such as anger, self-hatred and hopelessness, and suicidal and other self-destructive behaviours. BPD is a common mental health condition, affecting approximately 2% of Canadians. It frequently co-occurs with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance use problems and is often associated with intensive use of health care services.

What does our program look like?

The Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Program (BPDTP) provides specialized, long-term (6 months or more) treatment for adults with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We are an interdisciplinary service that is staffed by a psychiatrist, psychologists, other allied health professionals, residents and other staff and students.

Following completion of a 4-session pre-treatment group, clients participate in the following treatment components, each of which occurs once per week:

  • Individual therapy
  • A DBT skills training group
  • An interpersonal process group
  • A wellness group, designed to help clients put their newly learned skills into practice and build a “life worth living”


Our program is designed for individuals with severe BPD. As such, we accept clients who have received little benefit from other psychological treatments, are high users of health care resources, and/or are at risk for developing a more treatment-resistant form of BPD if they do not receive specialized treatment.

To be eligible, you must be 19 years of age and live within the Central Zone of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Referrals are accepted from clinicians from with Central Zone Mental Health and Addictions. If our program appears to be an appropriate service for your needs, you will be contacted to schedule an assessment.

Patient Resources


  • The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD, by Alexander Chapman and Kim Gratz (New Harbinger, 2007)
  • The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Distress Tolerance, by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey Wood and Jeffrey Brantley (New Harbinger, 2007)
  • Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change, by Valerie Poor (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder (2nd ed.), by Paul Mason and Randi Kreger (New Harbinger, 2009)


Dr. Clyde S. Marshall Building
294 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth, NS   B2Y 3S3
Tel: 902-464-6093
Fax: 902-461-4220