Finding a Therapist

Select a location below to begin your search. Please note: We have not screened any of these clinicians. We simply compiled their names from several sources. We cannot guarantee that they are experts in BPD; they simply indicated that they would like to be listed on this page. We strongly advise you to interview them carefully before becoming a patient, just as you would a clinician whose name you found in the yellow pages.

Make sure you look to the left and click on "How to Choose a BPD Therapist."

Eric Bellman

32129 Lindero Cyn. Rd.
# 108E
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: 805.493.2492

I have been practicing for more than 25 years in the Los Angeles, California area. I have worked with and had success with BPD patients. I use a multi-variable approach to clients that includes cognitive behavioral psychodynamics and DBT approach technique with medical teamwork as needed by the individual.

Melinda Carlisle

South Bascom Avenue
Suite 116
San Jose, CA 95124

I am a Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBT)who helps people that have difficulty managing their emotions to regain control and improve their relationships. If you are someone who is struggling to keep from blowing up, yelling, or hurting the ones you love I can help you learn the skills to change your behavior and feel peace and joy in your life. If you are anxious and worried about the way you or someone you love is acting, or if you are depressed and feel out of options, call me right away ( I actually answer my phone!)

You may not have caused the emotional regulation problems you have today but you CAN solve them. Let me help.

In addition to offering individual DBT Therapy I also offer Skills training groups in Mindfulness, Interpersonal effectiveness, Emotional regulation, and Distress Tolerance. I also offer Christian Counseling to those who seek it.

Sylma Fine

555 Middlefield Road
Suite 102C
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650.838.9552

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Board Certified Art Therapist in practice in the Mid-Peninsula area of Silicon Valley.

Working with teens, I believe in their innate power to make their lives productive and full of joy, and in the power of the family to support that change. Teens often begin therapy with the notion that they are broken and need to be fixed. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) allows the incorporation of a premise that really makes sense to adolescents: I am perfect and I need to change.

This idea creates room and hope for profound acceptance and improvement.

Another aspect of DBT that teens can relate to is the fact that the therapeutic exchange allows for the adolescent to be the expert in the room. Thus both the teen and the therapist are able to be teachers and students in this dialectical approach.

In addition to working with teens individually, I offer DBT Skills Training group with coaching and support for Teens, with a concurrent DBT Family Skills Group in order to maximize understanding and decrease conflict within the family.

Michael H Foust, Ph.D.

540 Golden Circle Dr
Suite 211
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.9222

I offer cognitive therapy emphasis; logical consequences and constructive use of anger are targets. Support and maintenance of self-image separate from the 'self-view that has been traumatized.' Use of group therapy during later stages of work. Welcome interviews by prospective clients. Current treatment of BPD is best conceived as trauma treatment and follows the course of controlled exposure to stimulus in addition to Linehan's DBT skills training.

Ilene Krems

7212 Raintree Circle
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: (310) 287-1466

My name is Dr. Ilene Krems.  I am a Psychotherapist licensed by the State of California and have been practicing in the Los Angeles area for nearly 20 years.  Prior to this, I was a practicing Physician for 13 years.

I work with, and have considerable success with men and women, ages 18 and older, who are suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.

I use a variety of approaches with clients, including Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Psychodynamic work.

In addition to the above, I also provide cutting edge techniques to supplement these practices, if desired.  I am a Certified Practitioner in several energetically and psycho-spiritually based treatments, which have produced excellent results.

I also work extensively with people who are affected by the behavior of partners or family members who have BPD.

Thomas Marra, Ph.D.

550 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.645.9000

I am a clinical psychologist who uses the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approach to BPD, including offering the skills training modules of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Skills.

Cynthia Skale

24445 Hawthorne Blvd.
Suite 105
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310.283.9027

I am a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering both individual DBT and DBT Skills groups in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and also in Orange County. For those clients who prefer an alternative treatment approach to DBT, I also provide two other evidence-based treatments, i.e. TFP (Transference-Focused Psychotherapy) and POST (Psychodynamically-Oriented Supportive Therapy). My offices are conveniently located to serve clients in the areas of Torrance, Palos Verdes, the Beach cities, LA Harbor area, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, and Irvine.

Angela R Wurtzel

27 East Victoria St.
Rear Cottage
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805.884.9794

Angela is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and self-injury, self destructive behaviors that are common amongst people who suffer from borderline personality disorder. I work from a psychodynamic point of view, however, I also encourage clients to take action against their self destructive tendencies.

I have done some training with Marsha Linehan and DBT and Robert Firestone and his Voice Therapy Training, both of which are extremely helpful in working with self destructive, impulsive behaviors and feelings. I offer individual, family and conjoint therapy, as well as group therapy. I am available for consultation and sessions by appointment.

Daniel A Kupper, Ph.D.

Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative, UCLA, Dept of Psychiatry
1917-1/2 Westwood Blvd.
Suite 2
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.441.5537

I am in private practice and an assistant clinical Professor in psychiatry and psychology at UCLA, specializing in Personality Disorders.

Marita Gladson

New Hope
3140 Red Hill Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714.838.1784 ext. 252

My interest is to help people in a chaotic relationship, such as someone diagnosed with BPD. Parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, learn ways to relate, clear delineation of responsibility and how create their own place of emotional safety. The chaotic person is not usually present in session. I am a cognitive behavioral therapist.

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