Personality Disorders – Bridget Hogg

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.

Bridget HoggFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $210/hr and $250 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.

Personality Disorders – Joey Tai

Joey Tai     Quals: BA Psych (hons), Master of Clinical Psychology.

Personality Disorders: Narcissistic Personality Disorder affects 1% of the population. The term Narcissistic is originally derived from the mythical character Narcissus, who saw his own reflection in the river and fell in love with himself as a result. He was fixated on himself and his own beauty and thus was unable to have any meaningful relationships with anyone else.

People who have Narcissistic Personality Disorders are similar – they have a preoccupation with themselves, and their focus is on maintaining their perfect perception of themselves. They come across as extremely entitled or grandiose; and will constantly put others down, with little or no ability to empathise. This is of course, highly dysfunctional and unrealistic and in turn, will impact anyone who tries to start or maintain a relationship with them.

Counselling Approach: Joey Tai is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has extensive knowledge in the area of Narcissistic Personality Disorder – one of the diagnoses which a majority of psychologists regularly avoid treating. He has a keen interest in working with people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or with supporting those who are living with or having to interact with such an individual on a regular basis. Joey aims to help you to understand more about the underlying factors which cause someone to have this personality type, as well as how to improve your relationship.

Joey Tai (3)Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, afternoon and evenings. 

Fees:  Usual fee is $170/hr – sliding scale for pensioners/students/unemployed

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane