Find a Therapist

Navigating the mental healthcare system without a clear understanding of what resources are available can seem overwhelming. Here is some information that may be helpful to you. We’ve included: a list of the types of therapists that can treat Borderline Personality Disorder, questions to ask when you are looking for a BPD therapist, and therapist locators available on the web. You may also want to review the different levels of treatment care available for people with BPD.

Types of therapists

Psychiatrist (MD)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.

Psychologist (PhD)CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS (PhD/PsyD) and NURSE PSYCHOTHERAPISTS (PMHCNS)– Many DBT and MBT therapist are Psychologists. In most states they can not prescribe medication. They are trained in making diagnoses and provide individual and group therapy.

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER (LCSW)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)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?
• Psychiatrist
• 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
• Psychodynamic
• Mentalization (MBT)
• Transference Focused Therapy (TFP)
• General Psychiatric Management
• Medication Management
• Other
What forms of therapy offered?
• individual therapy
• group
• family
• medication
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)