Comprehensive DBT Programs

Professional Referrals

Northeast Florida (Jacksonville/Gainesville area)

Gateway Community Services

Gateway Community Services

Jacksonville, Florida


“From prevention to outpatient, detoxification to residential, family counseling to transitional care, our programs and services provide the comprehensive customized care each individual needs”.

Gateway treats adolescents and adults with addiction and co-occurring mental illness.  Starting in 2016, and continuing into 2017, Gateway has made a commitment to train staff and implement DBT in all their programs and receives ongoing consultation.

Daniel For Kids

Jacksonville, Florida

Residential Services


UF Clinic Jacksonville

University of Florida Department of Psychiatry, Jacksonville, FL

Practice Address:  6266 Dupont Station Court, Jacksonville, FL 32217


Phone:  (904) 383-1038


Accept Insurance:  Yes

Individual DBT Populations:  Young Adult, Teens

DBT Skills Group:  Requires the client to be in individual DBT Therapy:  Please describe.  Young Adult, Teen, Graduate Groups, Parent Groups

Modes of Treatment Offered: Individual therapy, skills groups, phone coaching, consultation team

Training history of team leader:  Dr. Allison Ventura, PhD, Intensively trained DBT therapist, completed October 2017 with Charlie Swenson

Other Specialties or Evidence Based Treatments Provided:

Provider Dr. Deanna Seymour, DNP, PMHNP-BC, intensively trained DBT therapist, completed training in October 2017 with Charlie Swenson, provides medication management, individual therapy and adolescent group therapy. 

Dr. Allison Ventura also provides CBT and Psychodynamic therapy and works with Duval County School system.

UF Clinic in Gainesville

UF Clinical and Health Psychology Practice
Address: 1600 SW Archer Road, #G901
City: Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: 352-265-0294
Accept Insurance: Yes
Individual DBT populations: Adult/ Teen/Substance Abuse (as a target behavior and not primary substance abuse treatment)
DBT Skills Group: Requires the client be in individual DBT therapy Please describe: Adult/ Young Adult/ Teen/ Parent Support/PartnerSupport
Patients are required to be in individual therapy weekly along with the weekly skills class. Patients will be scheduled for an initial introductory session learn about the program and will then be scheduled for at least 3 individual sessions before being permitted to enter the skills class.
Our Adult DBT-informed Skills Class is on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm and is located in the Psychology Clinic on the ground floor at Shands…we are under the Dental Clinic. Patients are asked to arrive at the clinic a few minutes early so we can begin as close to 4pm as possible. Our class runs for 16 weeks, and is an open group. Patients are required to commit to 16 weeks but may continue for another cycle if they wish and/or as recommended by the team and individual therapist. Patients are required to purchase the Linehan Handouts and Worksheets Workbook
Our Adolescent DBT-informed Skills Class is a multi-family group; parent(s) are required to attend with their teen to learn the skills and to be better able to support their child in developing and improving skill use. The class is on Thursdays from 4-5:30pm. Parents and patients are asked to arrive at the clinic a few minutes early so we can begin as close to 4pm as possible. Our class runs for 16 weeks, and is an open group. Patients are required to commit to 16 weeks but may continue for another cycle if they wish and/or as recommended by the team and individual therapist. Workbooks will be provided to the adolescent, parents can purchase additional workbooks from us if they desire.
Parent/Partner Support Group. This is a Fee-for-Service ($25/session) held on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm. The requirement is that the participant has a child or a partner who is/has been/will be connected to our DBT program. It is part teaching, part peer-support with the expectation that there is some basic understanding of the DBT Skills.
Modes of Treatment offered: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Consultation Team.
*Our team is DBT-informed because we do not offer Coaching Calls.
Training history of team leader:  Dr. King spent a year training in Minneapolis,
MN at Headway Emotional Health Services, with a team of intensively trained therapists, on an
adherent and state-certified program.
Other Specialties or Evidence-Based Treatments Provided:
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
(OCD) and other anxiety disorders or phobias
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Prolonged Exposure (PE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Other Info: Dr. King leads a General Mental Health Team consisting of Master’s prepared
therapists providing clinical services to adolescents and adults. The team provides evidencebased
treatment for patients with a wide range of concerns, including depressive and anxious
disorders, emotion dysregulation, trauma responses (including PTSD), self-harming behaviors,
concerns with binge or emotional eating, relationship concerns, adjustment concerns, chronic
pain, borderline personality traits, self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation/prior attempts,
and OCD, among others. The team works largely from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
perspective, often incorporating elements of Mindfulness. Dr. King also provides training for
pre- and post-doctoral psychology trainees.

Central and North West Florida ( Orlando, Tallahassee and the Panhandle)

Kristal Pollack, LCSW, Central Florida Counseling Cetner, LLC

Intensively Trained in DBT and currently under supervision by Nancy Gordon, LCSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

Provides all 4 modes of DBT Treatment for teens and adults.

Also provides other evidence based treatments for other disorders.

Location:  Central Florida Counseling Center, LLC
905 S Lake Jessup Ave
Oviedo, Florida 32765
(407) 917-8462

Click here for Kristal’s Psychology Today Profile

Central West and Southwest Region

CBT Pinellas, LLC.

11380 66th Street North  Suite #135  Largo, Florida 33773 Website: Phone: (727) 463-1938 Fax: (877) 240-7970 Email: Team Leader: Beth Lewis, LMHC, Owner/Founder. Training: DBT Linehan Certification, Intensive-Advanced Training 2013 under Kelly Koerner, PhD., and Charlie Swenson, M.D, 2014. Practice Ground Trainings C/O Kelly Koerner, Ph.D ( DBT Certification Track, Behavioral Chain Analysis, Management of Suicidal Behavior, Exposure Procedures, CBT for Insomnia and other evidence based trainings proven effective in treating Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT Training, implementation and consultation initiated under Nancy Gordon. REBT Certified. Programs: Comprehensive DBT for adults, young adults DBT skills group, adult DBT skills group, support/Information groups for parents. DBT for teens includes individual DBT therapy with concurrent skills training in the form of family skills training as opposed to attending formal skills group with peers. Qualified Clinical Supervision for Florida Licensure available. Populations: Adults, Teens, Couples.

Harmony Harbor Counseling
Team Leader: Stacy Louk, Ph.D., LMHC, Founder. Training under Nancy Gordon, LCSW and Btech Foundational Training, 2012 Address: 2014 Fourth Street, Sarasota, FL 34237 Phone: (941) 312-6412 Fax: (941) 806-0447 Email: Website: Programs: Outpatient DBT for Adults; Graduate/Application Group; Qualified Clinical Supervision towards licensure. Population(s): Adult; Plan to add adolescents and family programs in the future.
Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Inc.
Team Leader: Nancy Gordon, LCSW, Founder. Intensively Trained plus since 1998 Team: Lana Schneidt, LMHC, CAP: Advanced 5-Day DBT Training, 2013 Sarah Coker, MSW, RCSWI; Advanced 5-Day DBT Training, 2014 Jennifer Keovongsa, LMHC; Advanced 5-Day DBT Training, 2014 Carla Chugani, LMHC: Intensively trained plus since 2013 Leah Smart, MSW, RCSWI2-Day Overview, 2-Day Skills Training, Social Work Student Interns are also on the team providing clinical case management and assistance to therapists and clients. Two Locations: 509/511 Wilbur St. Brandon, FL 33511 1207 N Franklin Street Suite 328  Tampa. FL  33602 Mailing address: PO Box 14 Brandon, FL 33509 Phone: (813) 480-8482 Fax: (813) 651-4402 Email: Website: Programs: Outpatient comprehensive DBT; Family Education and Support Program, Graduate Groups; Couples, Family, Individual Therapy using other evidence-based treatments such as MAP-A, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and more. Continuing Education Provider for DBT and other Workshops and Trainings. Qualified Clinical Supervision provided for LCSW and LMHC Registered Interns working towards licensure.  School of Social Work Internship Site. Population(s): Adult and Adolescent; Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, etc.
Tampa Bay DBT Counseling Center

Team Leader: Kelly E. Turner, LCSW. Intensively Trained, 2014 with ongoing expert consultation with Cedar Koons, MSW LISW. Also Intensively trained in Radically Open DBT in 2016 by the treatment developer, Tom Lynch.  Other Behavioral Tech Trainings Include: 5 Day Foundational, 2004; Group Skills Training, 2004; Treating Adolescents with Multiple Problems, 2006; Updates to Emotion Regulation and Crisis Survival Skills in DBT, 2010; Treating People with Borderline Personality Disorders and Substance Use Disorders, 2014; 6938 West Linebaugh Ave. Suite 101.  Tampa, FL. 33625  Phone: (443) 621-0976 Fax: (813) 769-9348 Email: Website: Programs: Outpatient Comprehensive DBT; Qualified Clinical Supervision for Social Work Interns; CE provider and workshops Populations: Adults, Adolescents.

Hyde Park Counseling Center
Team Leader: Kelly E. Turner, LCSW Location: 207 West Verne Street.  Tampa, FL 33606  (Also mailing address) P: (813) 258-4605 F: (813) 258-4705 Email: Website: Program: Residential Treatment, DBT, Psychodrama, Nutrition Consultation, 12 Step Recovery, EMDR , internships available Populations: Adult Women with Substance Abuse Disorders or Eating Disorders
Spectrum Recovery Solutions, LLC
David Llewellyn, LMHC, CSAT  Team Lead Spectrum Recovery Solutions, LLC 9180 Estero Park Commons Blvd, #6, Estero, FL 33928 tel)  239.595.3022 fax) 239.244.8404 Intensively trained in DBT 2013 All 4 Modes of Treatment Adults now and may be adding teens Also specializes in Addictions and provides DBT-S
Lana Schneidt, LMHC, CAP

Lana Schneidt LMHC, CAP

805 W Azeele St
Tampa, Florida 33606
(813) 434-1594

Lana has been intensively trained in DBT and is working towards Certification and is a member of the Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy Consultation Team.  She also specializes in Substance Abuse Treatment.

She treats adolescents and adults, and provides full comprehensive DBT treatment.

Heather Lawson, Psy.D.

Name (or group name): Heather Lawson, Psy.D.
Practice Address: 233 Third Street North, Suite 200,
Saint Petersburg, 33701
Website: www.drheatherlawson
Phone: 212-462-2035

Accept Insurance: No

Individual DBT populations: Adult

DBT Skills Group: Requires the client be in individual DBT therapy Please describe.  Adult  I currently have one full group and another starting in June. I do require all to participate in individual DBT therapy and all current members work with me.

Modes of Treatment offered:  (need all 4) Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone coaching/Consultation Team.   ALL

Training history of team leader:  (Required) Intensive or equivalent:  Intensive B-Tech 2008

Southeast Region

The Miami DBT Consultation Team consists of 3 Practices all who have Intensively Trained People in the practice:

Miami DBT/DBT by Design

35 NE 40th St Suite 202 Miami, FL 33137 Phone: (305) 571-8411 Fax: (305) 571-8418 Email: Website: Program(s): Outpatient Population(s): Adult,Eating Disorders

Miami DBT/The Counseling Group
2840 SW 3rd Avenue Miami, FL 33129 Phone: (305) 857-0050 Fax: (305) 854-4948 Email: Website: Program(s): Intensive Outpatient,Outpatient Population(s): Adolescents,Adult,Eating Disorders,Substance Use Disorders
Miami Beach DBT/Dr. Lydia Kalsner-Silver & Associates

Two Locations:

1290 Weston Rd, Suite #203 Weston, FL 33326 Phone: (305) 866-3579 Email: Website: Program(s): Intensive Outpatient,Outpatient Population(s): Adolescents,Adult,DD-MR,Eating Disorders,Substance Use Disorders

5151 Collins Avenue Suite 223 Miami Beach, FL 33140 Phone: (305) 866-3579 Email: Website: Program(s): Intensive Outpatient,Outpatient Population(s): Adolescents,Adult,DD-MR,Eating Disorders,Substance Use Disorders

Other South Florida Comprehensive DBT Programs:

Boca DBT Consultants
We are three psychologists (Drs. Henah Gupta, Michelle Greenberg and Celine Paillot) and are called Boca DBT Consultants.
Our office address is 7700 West Camino Real, Suite 402, Boca Raton, FL 33433.
We run adherent OP DBT services. Currently we have adolescent, parent, adult,  multifamily and advanced DBT groups. We also have RO DBT adult groups.
We also offer an adult DBT informed Eating Disorders group.
For more information feel free to call: 561-221-2238
DBT Associates of South Florida Consultation Team

Rachel Whipple Blogg, LCSW 2201 NW Corporate Blvd Suite 108 Boca Raton, FL 33431 754-200-1328 Intensively trained since 2009 and is team leader for DBT Associates of South Florida consultation team. DBT consultant for Lifeskills South Florida and leads the consultation team that is comprised of therapist who are DBT informed and foundationally trained. Population: adolescents and adults Programs: DBT skills groups and Individual therapy; DBT focused   Laura Durant, LMHC 2201 NW Corporate Blvd Suite 108 Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 271-8120 Intensively trained since 2009 DBT therapist at Lifeskills South Florida Out Patient Program.

The Delray Center for Healing
Main Address 403 SE 1st Street Delray Beach, FL 33483
Sandy Pines Hospital for Children and Teens

Sandy Pines Hospital for Children and Teens

Jupiter, Florida

Sandy Pines’ staff received DBT Training in 2015 and 2016.

Lifeskills South Florida

Practice Address: 1431 SW 9th Ave

City: Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Phone: 844 749 1560 (office); 256 466 6771 (Cell)

Accept Insurance: Yes – Out of Network Only

Individual DBT populations: Adult/Substance Abuse

DBT Skills Group: Requires the client be in individual DBT therapy Please describe.  Adult/ Young Adult

Lifeskills South Florida provides Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in both a comprehensive Linehan compliant 13-week programming, as well as auxiliary DBT groups such as Experiential DBT, Chemical Dependency DBT, Spirituality, & Mindfulness.

Modes of Treatment offered:  (need all 4) Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone coaching/Consultation Team.

At Lifeskills Residential level of care our 13-Week DBT programming includes:

  • three one-hour groups per week that consists of review of previous week homework, learning new skills, and a time dedicated to mindfulness.
  • Individual DBT sessions with Intensively trained Linehan therapist
  • Phone Coaching
  • Weekly consultation meeting (residential and outpatient staff)

At Lifeskills Intensive Outpatient (IOP) level of care our DBT programming includes:

  • Three, three-hour groups per week
  • Individual DBT session with Intensively trained Linehan therapist
  • Phone Coaching
  • Weekly consultation meeting (residential and outpatient staff)

Training history of team leader:

Dr. Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC, is the Director of DBT Programming at Lifeskills South Florida. Dr. Quilter has utilized DBT for over a decade and completed her intensive training the Linehan Institute in January 2017. Additionally, Dr. Quilter is one step away from becoming a Certified DBT Clinician by the Linehan Institute! She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in Community and Counseling Psychology from Marist College. She has held her certification as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor since 2006 and has received specialized training in both Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology. She completed a dissertation on PTSD and TBI and possesses an interest in schizophrenia research, specifically regarding advances in pharmacological treatment. Dr. Quilter’s training has included working in an array of settings inclusive of inpatient hospitalization, emergency psychiatric care, substance abuse treatment centers, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient.

Other Specialties or Evidence-Based Treatments Provided:

In addition to our comprehensive DBT programming, Lifeskills offers psychiatric and substance abuse treatment for adults ages 18 + who may be facing challenges with personality disorders, trauma, thought disorders &/or active addiction.

Programming at Lifeskills has 3 primary prongs:

  • Evidenced Based Practices in Individual & Family Therapies:
    • Our 5 Clinical Pathways are: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma (gender specific), Chemical Dependency, and Cognitive Remediation.
  • Integrated Primary Care
    • Quadruple board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Bober, 24/7 LPN nursing oversite, registered yoga therapist providing yoga 6 days/week, mindfulness, licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist providing weekly nutritional coaching, certified personal trainer leading metabolic specific exercise groups, gym membership with access 7 days/week
  • Life Skills Training
    • Budgeting, meal planning, weekly grocery shopping, daily meal preparation, daily cleanliness skills building, meetings in community, vocational & educational support

As clients stabilize and re-build life skills in our secure residential treatment setting they can re-enter the world through our transitional housing all the while continuing clinical serves at the partial hospitalization (PHP) or intensive outpatient programming (IOP) level of care.

Other Info:

Lifeskills is licensed by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA), Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF), Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) and is CARF accredited. Our staff is comprised entirely of licensed and certified masters and doctoral level clinicians.

FBPDA Policy On Providing Provider Referrals


FBPDA strives to provide information to consumers on treatment providers in Florida who specialize in treating Borderline Personality Disorder. FBPDA recommends Evidence-Based Treatment for all mental health problems. New, evidence-based treatments are being developed as the research grows. Currently, Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the most widely researched treatment for BPD with 44 independent studies showing it is more effective than typical treatments. Therefore, FBPDA will strive to collect, publish and share information about providers who are utilizing evidence-based treatment, particularly DBT. Since there is currently a dearth of comprehensive DBT programs in Florida, FBPDA will also publish and share information about providers who strive towards providing fully comprehensive evidence-based treatment but who may not have the resources or full training. That is called “DBT Informed”. The information that is collected, shared and published is based on information obtained from those providers and will be published in this format:


  • – Provider or program name
  • – Location and contact information
  • – Training
  • – Population treated (adults, children, teens)
  • – Modes of treatment provided.


FBPDA cannot be held accountable for whether that information is accurate or not. It is up to the consumer to educate themselves on what constitutes an effective treatment and provider or to find out any other information desired. Please read and accept following disclaimer to access the referral pages:


FBPDA, as an organization, encourages the use of DBT therapists who are intensively trained and DBT programs that are as comprehensive and adherent as the therapy designed by the DBT founder, Marsha Linehan. . However, since the certification process for DBT is expected to be completed sometime in 2014, and since intensively trained DBT therapists are not practicing in every region of Florida, it is up to the consumer to learn the questions to ask to insure that the provider is adequately trained to do adherent, evidence-based treatment for the specific needs of the BPD client (See below for tips for finding a DBT therapist). FBPDA does not assume responsibility for the outcome of any referrals provided.



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