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Psychologically Informed Consultation & Training Team (PICT)

Our specialist team has expertise in working with people who have complex emotional needs which may be associated with a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), also known as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This is typically characterised by difficulties in regulating emotions, which may be associated with self-harm or impulsive behaviours, and ongoing difficulties in building trusting relationships.

Our team includes Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Lived Experience Practitioners (people who have their own experiences of accessing services for personality disorder and living with this diagnosis).

The PICT approach is to work with staff, for teams and individuals, rather than work directly with the individual using services. This approach enhances the experience of people who have complex emotional needs or personality disorder, provides staff with increased confidence and skills, and the benefits achieved are sustainable beyond the PICT input. We offer consultation, training, and support to staff members and teams working across community, inpatient, and primary care settings in Berkshire. We also provide training to partner agencies, including emergency services and third sector services.

We provide support to staff through consultation, supervision, and training.

We can do this through individual sessions or combine different parts to create a programme to suit your team’s needs.

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We will arrange a meeting with you, as an individual or as a team, to think about:

  • Building an understanding of someone’s life experiences, needs, behaviours, and risk, known as a formulation
  • Supporting you to deliver improved quality of care leading to more positive outcomes
  • Providing advice and support about your responses, including emotional responses, to difficult interactions, which may include individuals who call more frequently/ have unmet needs/ are emotionally distressed
  • Reflecting on the impact on teams and individuals when supporting people


We offer a variety of bespoke, ‘bitesize’ and advanced training options about working with people who may difficulties associated with the diagnosis of personality disorder. All our training is co-designed and co-delivered by clinicians and trainers with lived experience.

An example of our training sessions include:

  • Introduction to working with personality disorder (for GPs and Primary Care staff) – 1 hour
  • Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) 3 Day Multi-agency Awareness Training (3 days across 3 months, open to all)
  • Working with People who Self-Harm (1-hour bitesize session and 4.5 hour extended workshop options)
  • Understanding Attachment and developing the Therapeutic Relationship (3.5 hours)

Please contact us directly for our training catalogue to see available sessions and dates.

Who can apply for training?

Staff working in Berkshire are welcome to book spaces on our training. Many of our training attendees work in the following areas:

  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Primary Care Network
  • Voluntary/Third sector organisations
  • Specialist placement/care providers
  • Social care and Education sector
  • Key partner agencies, including emergency services

Who can request a consultation?

Primary Care Network staff, such as GPs, can access our virtual consultation slots via Teamsfrom 1-2pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Email to be sent the Teams link or to arrange a consultation at your convenience.

Berkshire Healthcare staff can also request a consultation by emailing

Carer support 

If you need carer support, there are charities and teams across Berkshire you can contact:

Area Team  Call Email
Bracknell Signal for Carers (visit their website) 01344 266 088
Reading & West Berkshire Berkshire Carers Hub (visit their website) 0118 324 7333
Wokingham Berkshire Carers Hub (visit their website) 0118 324 7333 
Windsor & Maidenhead Signal for Carers (visit their website) 01628 947 974
Slough Slough Carers Support (visit their website) 01753 303 428

Books and guides

You can find more information about personality disorders in the following books, which you may be able to find in local libraries, or you can buy them online.

  • Stop walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder, by Kreger Randy and Paul Mason
  • The Borderline Personality Disorder: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD, by Alex Chapman and Kim Gratz
  • Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change, by Valerie Porr
  • Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder, by Rachel Reiland
  • Meeting the challenge, making a difference: Working effectively to support people with personality disorder in the community (opens in new browser tab), by Heather Wood, Winifred Bolton, Kath Lovell, and Lou Morgan

Our mental health teams and services, including Talking Therapies, are available if you need support. 

Find out how to access mental health support (opens new browser tab)

You can also find resources and guides on our website to help you if you need more advice.  

Resources to help with your mental health wellbeing (opens new browser tab)