Are you or someone you love looking for referrals to a comprehensive therapeutic program? We’ve compiled a list of therapists in Florida to help.

FBPDA Policy on Providing 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”. All provider information will be 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.

Finding the Right Professional

For the convenience of our stakeholders throughout Florida, we have made a list of various mental health professionals who have expressed an interest in working with patients who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and their loved ones. Please note that when making the decision about hiring a mental health provider, you may want to address the following areas:

  • How long has the professional been practicing?
  • What experience do they have in treating borderline personality disorder?
  • Have they undergone any specific training in treating individuals with BPD?
  • To what extent do they believe individuals diagnosed with BPD can recover?
  • Does the professional focus on any particular type of therapy?
  • If the clinician utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), have they participated in trainings through Behavioral Tech?
  • Are any specific diagnostic tests recommended?
  • What are the responsibilities of the patient or client? What is the mental health professional responsible for?
  • Do they prescribe any medications?
  • Will a treatment plan be created?
  • How and when will treatment success be determined?
  • Do they accept insurance or offer their services on a sliding pay scale?
  • Are they board certified? What professional organizations do they belong?
  • Where did they attend school? What educational activities have they been involved with over the past several years?
  • How will any after-hours emergencies be handled?
  • Does the mental health professional collaborate with others in the practice? Will the professional visit the patient during a Baker Act commitment or other hospitalization?

Remember: You can verify the license of any practicing mental health professional by going to the Florida Medical License Search page.

Comprehensive DBT Programs

Northeast Florida

Gateway Community Services


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.

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

Daniel Kids


Daniel’s Statewide In-Patient Psychiatric program (SIPP) provides children exhibiting the most severe symptoms of mental and emotional distress with intensive residential treatment over four- to six-month periods. Each child receives comprehensive care that includes individual, group, and family counseling, as well as psychiatric treatment, from a dedicated team of professionals, consisting of a psychiatrist, therapist, behaviorist, nurse, and recreation specialist.

University of Florida Department of Psychiatry, Jacksonville

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. 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 Clinical and Health Psychology Practice

1600 SW Archer Road, #G901
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. Adult/Young Adult/Teen/Parent Support/Partner Support

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

Central & Northwest

Kristal Pollack, LCSW, Central Florida Counseling Center, LLC

905 S Lake Jessup Ave
Oviedo, Florida 32765
Phone: (407) 917-8462

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

Modes of Treatment offered: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone Coaching/Consultation Team.

Populations: Teens and Adults.

Other Info: Also provides other evidence based treatments for other disorders.

See Kristal’s Psychology Today Profile

Seasons Counseling

2300 Lee Road
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 960-3938
Fax: (407) 960-3937

Currently under supervision by Nancy Gordon, LCSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

Modes of Treatment offered: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone Coaching/Consultation Team.

Populations: Teens and Adults.

West & Southwest

CBT Pinellas, LLC.

11380 66th Street North, Suite #135
Largo, FL 33773
Phone: (727) 463-1938
Fax: (877) 240-7970

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.

Modes of Treatment offered: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone Coaching/Consultation Team.

Populations: Adults, Teens, Couples.

Programs: 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.

Harmony Harbor Counseling

2014 Fourth Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 312-6412
Fax: (941) 806-0447

Team Leader: Stacy Louk, Ph.D., LMHC, Founder. Training under Nancy Gordon, LCSW and Btech Foundational Training, 2012

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.

Lana Schneidt, LMHC, CAP

805 W Azeele St
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 434-1594

Training: 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.

Modes of Treatment offered: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone Coaching/Consultation Team.

Populations: Adolescents and Adults

Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Inc.

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

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, RCSWI: 2-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.

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.

Populations: Adult and Adolescent; Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, etc.

Tampa Bay DBT Counseling Center

6938 West Linebaugh Ave. Suite 101.
Tampa, FL. 33625
Phone: (443) 621-0976
Fax: (813) 769-9348

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.

Programs: Outpatient Comprehensive DBT; Qualified Clinical Supervision for Social Work Interns; CE provider and workshops.

Populations: Adults, Adolescents.

Spectrum Recovery Solutions, LLC

9180 Estero Park Commons Blvd, #6
Estero, FL 33928
Phone: (239) 595-3022
Fax: (239) 244-8404

Team Lead: David Llewellyn, LMHC, CSAT. Intensively trained in DBT 2013 All 4 Modes of Treatment.

Population(s): Adults, and may be adding teens

Programs: Specializes in addiction and provides DBT-S.

Heather Lawson, Psy.D.

233 Third Street North, Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (212) 462-2035

Accept Insurance: No

Team Lead: Dr. Heather Lawson, Psy.D.

Training history of team leader: Intensive B-Tech 2008

Individual DBT populations: Adult

DBT Skills Group: Requires the client be in individual DBT therapy.

Modes of Treatment offered: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone Coaching/Consultation Team.


Boca DBT Consultants

7700 West Camino Real, Suite 402
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone: (561) 221-2238

Team: Dr. Henah Gupta, Dr. Michelle Greenberg and Dr. Celine Paillot

Program(s): Adherent OP DBT services, RO DBT Adult Groups, Advanced DBT Groups, and an Adult DBT informed Eating Disorders group.

Populations: Adolescent, Parent, Adult, Multifamily.

The Delray Center for Healing

403 SE 1st Street
Delray Beach, FL 33483

DBT Associates of South Florida Consultation Team

2201 NW Corporate Blvd Suite 108
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (754) 200-1328

Team Lead: Rachel Whipple Blogg, LCSW

Training: 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. Laura Durant, LMHC, Phone: (561) 271-8120 Email: Intensively trained since 2009 DBT therapist at Lifeskills South Florida Out Patient Program.

Populations: Adolescents and Adults

Programs: DBT skills groups and Individual therapy; DBT focused.

Lifeskills South Florida

1431 SW 9th Ave
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. 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: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone coaching/Consultation Team. Residential, and Intensive Outpatient.

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: Psychiatric and substance abuse treatment for adults who may be facing challenges with personality disorders, trauma, thought disorders &/or active addiction.

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.

Sandy Pines Hospital for Children and Teens

Jupiter, FL

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

Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital – DBT Program

1695 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 2516
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (305) 355-8016

Accept Insurance: Yes

Team Lead: Dr. Claudia Ranaldo, Program Director

Individual DBT populations: Teen/Latency

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

Modes of Treatment offered: Individual Therapy/Skills Group/Phone coaching/Consultation Team.

Training history of team leader: Intensive training – 11/2014 and 05/2015.

Other Info: Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management also offered thru our affiliation with the Psychiatric Clinic for Children and Adolescents.