Waves: Borderline Personality Disorder Service
Waves is an innovative service for people with a diagnosis of, or traits of, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It offers weekly sessions that provide a safe, supportive and empowering environment.
The Waves service is available to participants for a 12-month period.
Please note, we currently have a waiting list for this service. The waiting list is based on the date of referral, not on ‘urgency of need.’
Waves is not a crisis service. For urgent help for you or someone you know, please contact your GP, visit A&E, or call 999 or 111 option 2.
What are traits of Borderline Personality Disorder?
BPD, sometimes referred to as EUPD (or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder), is a mental health condition which can affect people in some of the following ways:
- Being easily overwhelmed by strong emotions such as distress, anxiety, anger or feelings of low self-esteem
- Difficulties with Emotional Connection to others and struggles with personal relationships
- Seeking Control over strong emotions through self-harm, including abusing alcohol, drugs, or overdosing
- Becoming very attached to someone in a short space of time, before ‘pushing’ them away before they can be let down.
Do you need more support for managing your emotions?
If you are an adult with a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis, or you recognise the traits in yourself, our Waves service could be right for you.
Waves gives you:
- An opportunity for you to learn new skills to help manage and understand the diagnosis to enable you to lead a fulfilling life
- Help for you to building your confidence and self-esteem
- Help for you to make positive connections and achieve personal goals
- A supportive, group working environment (not individual therapy, as staff are not trained therapists)
- An integrative programme working from the Human Givens approach, while using elements of DBT & CBT to help you reframe your ways of thinking
When do Waves sessions take place?
Waves groups run for 12 months, and participants will need to commit to the full programme.
Groups currently run as follows:
|Day||Location||Approx. waiting time|
|Tuesdays||Ipswich||13 months minimum|
|Wednesdays||Ipswich||13 months minimum|
|Wednesdays||Bury St Edmunds||Up to 12 months|
The groups are run weekly, alternating between face-to-face meetings and virtual reflective sessions from home between 10am and 12pm (on the same day as the usual face-to-face meeting).
Each face-to-face meeting features the following activities:
- 10am-12pm – Life skills
- 12pm-1pm – Lunch break
- 1pm-3pm – Art-based activities
Virtual Waves groups
For those who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions, we also offer Virtual Waves groups as follows:
|Day||Name||Time||Activity||Approx. waiting time|
|Wednesdays||Virtual Waves for Workers*||6.30-8.30pm||Life skills||6 months|
|Thursdays||Virtual group||1-3pm||Life skills||7 months|
*Note: Waves for Workers is a 6 month weekly programme for students or those in work only.
How do I join Waves?
You can self-refer for our Waves: Borderline Personality Disorder Service by completing our referral form:
If you are a professional making the referral, please ensure you add your name, title, organisation and contact details with as much information as possible in case we need to speak to you.
Please note, if the referral is not suitable the client will be signposted back to the referrer for signposting to other relevant services.
We currently have a waiting list for this service. The waiting list is based on the date of referral, not on ‘urgency of need.’ Due to time constraints, Waves is unable to deal with other paperwork – e.g. completing PIP forms, Housing etc.
Are there other services I can access while I wait?
You are welcome to self-refer for our Suffolk Night Owls Emotional Support Line, which provides nightly support between 7pm-1am, 7 nights a week, 365 days a year.
For general queries, please visit our Contact page.
For enquiries about Waves, please email our team: [email protected].