Professional Referrals and InformationBPD 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.