Since the 1980’s a number of treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder have been developed, tested and shown to be effective in reducing many of the symptoms and behaviors associated with BPD.
These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy and Transference Focused Psychotherapy. Each requires specialized training by mental health providers to ensure they adhere to the highly structured treatment strategies involved.
There are other widely available approaches such as Psychoanalytic Psychiatry, typically practiced by psychiatrists and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a psychological approach. Medications are usually prescribed by a psychiatrist.
The wide array of treatments are practiced by a range of professionals that have different educational backgrounds, licensure, and areas of interests. And, oh yes, very different fee structures. For people seeking professional help for BPD, this can be bewildering. But services can be found, especially if you have an idea where to look.
Doctor Mary Zanarini is a noted BPD researcher associated with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts. If you are having trouble finding what you need, she recommends considering a resource near where you live.
Finding the right mental health provider is not a simple task, one that should be undertaken with care. One resource that can help you get started is the searchable online database of providers in the U.S. maintained by the online mental health publication Psychology Today.
You can also search for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) providers trained by Marsha Linehan’s organization, Behavioral Technology.
There is additional information about finding the right therapist on BPDVideo.com.
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