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COMING SOON! Marsha Linehan, PhD revealed in 2011 that she had been institutionalized as a teenager for self-harming and suicidal behaviors, likely as a result of BPD. In this riveting video presentation of her personal story she explains how her life experiences informed her development of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is now considered one of the most successful treatments in the world for suicidal behaviors and Borderline Personality Disorder.
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Types of therapists
PSYCHIATRISTS (MD) and PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONERS (PMHNP) can prescribe medication. They may or may not provide therapy. They are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses.
CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER (LCSW) are usually found in a clinic or hospital setting. They are trained to make diagnoses, provide individual and group counseling, and provide case management and advocacy.
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR (LMHC) and LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR (LPC) are trained to diagnose and provide individual and group counseling. They cannot prescribe medications.
Questions to ask when looking for a BPD therapist
When Looking for a therapist to treat you or your loved one it’s important to ask questions. You will want to find out the therapists qualifications and knowledge about Borderline Personality Disorder.
Type of Therapist
What type of mental health professional is the therapist?
• Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist
• Clinical Psychologist
• Clinical Social Worker
• Licensed Professional Counselor
• Mental Health Counselor
Who are they licensed by- state, county, etc.
• For what purpose are they licensed
• Date of most recent licensing
How many years has the therapist been actively treating persons with BPD?
What treatment approach for BPD do they use?
• Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Psychoanalytic Treatment
• Mentalization (MBT)
• Transference Focused Therapy (TFP)
• General Psychiatric Management
• Medication Management
What forms of therapy offered?
• individual therapy
How often is each form of therapy offered per week?
What are the cost factors?
How often will we be billed?
What are the terms of payment?
What funding is accepted: Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, self-pay?
Can they explain charges and billing procedures?
Do you advise regarding potential Social Security benefits?
(Source: National Education Alliance Borderline personality Disorder)