Seeking Therapist to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder

I am interested in seeking a therapist to treat my young adult son who has Borderline Personality Disorder. Thankfully he wants to get help and feel better. We live in Pleasant Hill, but we are willing to go anywhere in the Bay Area. Thank you for any help you can give me. I’m very worried. 

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Hi, we used Margarita Lorence who specializes in DBT. Our daughter also has BPD. Margarita also recommended my daughter (age 17) take a 26 week DBT study skills group. It can be very difficult to find a DBT therapist, let alone one who has availablity. I don't think she takes insurance but will work on a sliding scale and we were able to get our health insurance to reimburse us. Also, not sure if you are interested but there is a Facebook page that I'm part of called  East Bay Parents of Teens with Emotional Health Issues. Good Luck.

Margarita Lorence, PhDPSY30056The DBT CollaborativeI37 Quail Court, Suite 102Walnut Creek, CA 94596P 925-289-9307F 925-954-6952 (secure)   

That is a tough position to be in, for you and for him. It's great that he wants to get help. DBT is the evidence-based treatment for BPD, but it only works if the client is willing to engage with it, at least to some degree.

I recommend that you get on the waiting list for every DBT program in the Bay Area. Two that I know of are Clearwater Counseling in Oakland and Wisemind in Berkeley. We have been clients of Clearwater and can highly recommend it. Wisemind also seemed very good (we did an initial consult). Clearwater does not take insurance, but we got partial out-of-network reimbursements from our insurance.

UCSF also has a DBT program that takes insurance. It has a long waiting list.