Bridget Hogg Quals: B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Clinical Psychology)
Personality Disorders: Psychologists conceptualise what we mean by “personality” in a number of different ways. However, in simple terms, personality can be defined as the ways an individual thinks, behaves and feels. These patterns of behaviour, emotional responses and thinking are consistent across time, in a variety of situations and affect many aspects of interpersonal relationships. When aspects of an individual’s personality are inflexible or maladaptive, and cause significant distress and difficulties in life functioning, the person may have a Personality Disorder. A number of personality disorders have been described, and one of these, associated with a range of profound problems in adjustment, is Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD.
People with BPD have extreme difficulties regulating their emotions, and as a result often show extreme and dysregulated behaviours, have unstable interpersonal relationships, and generally chaotic and tumultuous lives. They may use behaviours such as self-harm, drug and alcohol use, and binge eating to provide some regulation of their emotions, and may experience frequent suicidal thoughts, both as a result of intense emotions and because at times their life feels too chaotic to manage.
Counselling Approach: Bridget has many years of experience in working with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. She uses an approach called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which involves teaching skills to assist with emotion regulation, tolerance of distress and interpersonal effectiveness, and the use of Mindfulness strategies. Bridget also works with people with other personality disorders, using mindfulness and a range of approaches from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Current Availability: Usually within a week.
Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr and $260 for initial appointments. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship; please enquire when booking.
Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.
Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 or book online 24/7.