Professional Referrals and Information

BPD Referrals

Professional Referrals and Information

I often wonder what my life would be like if someone had intervened sooner. What if a knowledgable teacher or counselor had noticed my symptoms and brought my family together, describing to us the nature of the disorder, the importance of working together, the necessity of treatment and support and patience. What if we’d gotten a good referral?Kiera Van Gelder

Please note that FBPDA does not endorse or recommend any particular health care providers.  This is a beginning list of treatment providers who are known to have comprehensive DBT programs based on their reports of their training and services.  We are also interested in hearing about your successes with providers who work with BPD throughout the state who you have felt were helpful so we can contact them to see if they want to be listed on this site.  We will continue to update this list on a regular basis.

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? • Do they prescribe any medications? • Are any specific diagnostic tests recommended?

• What are the responsibilities of the patient or client? What is the mental health professional responsible for?

• 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.

Improvement will not result from simply visiting a therapist and gaining insight, taking a medication, receiving consistent nurturing, finding the perfect relationship, or resigning ourselves to the grace of God. Most importantly, the therapist cannot play the role of savior. While it may be true that the person cannot change on their own, and needs help, the lion’s share of the work must be done by the person with the problem. —Marsha Linehan, PhD

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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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