Personality Disorders

Evidence-based treatments for BPD

The scientific literature shows that with an integrated multidisciplinary treatment, there are good possibilities of improving the quality of life of these patients. To do so, they require specific treatments adapted to their psychopathology; that is, these people need care adapted to their clinical, family, social and personal situation, and based on the characteristics of their problem. 

Behavioural-Dialectic Therapy (DBT) BPD, developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan (1993) at the University of Washington (USA), is one of the treatments that has achieved the most empirical support with BPD patients.


Previ applies the Standard BPD treatment programme. This programme provides training in skills that is applied in a group therapy format (2 hours per week) and individual therapy (1 hour per week) over a period of 6 months.


The multimodal treatment programme includes:

  • Individual psychotherapy (60-90 minutes), once or twice a week.
  • Group psychotherapy (2 hours per week).
  • Attention in crisis.
  • Telephone consultations for family members
  • Telephone consultations for other professionals
  • Auxiliary treatments: Social Services
  • Weekly clinical sessions
  • Family intervention: Psycho-education, strategies for crisis intervention.


Programme for the group treatment of the BPD- STEPPS: Training in emotional regulation and Problem-solving (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem-solving) developed by Nancee Blum (2002), consisting of two phases:


1.- Group of Basic Skills, which consists of 20 weekly sessions.
2.- Programme called STAIRWAYS: advanced group for one year, twice a month.


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