Treatment of personality disorder has never looked so promising.

The task now is to determine which patient is best treated with which therapy and by which therapist. No one treatment is best for every patient and not everyone can treat patients with personality disorder. —Anthony Bateman, MD


I know first-hand what it's like to need hope, a good referral, and a lot of support along the way.

After years of intense emotional suffering and dozens of doctors and therapists, I was finally—and happily—diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2004. It was only then that the goal of recovery had an opportunity to become a reality.

In 2006, I began to serve as the executive director of my local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) affiliate and in 2007, I founded Florida Borderline Personality Disorder Association—a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to BPD education and awareness.

Hope for BPD was created to meet the needs of individuals diagnosed with BPD who are often confused and overwhelmed by navigating therapeutic boarding schools, short-term and long-term residential care, and outpatient treatment options.

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Treatment decisions are often met with fear, confusion, and a glimmer of hope for future health and happiness. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for me to hear that therapy and counseling has failed in the past—even to point where there's an increase in symptoms.


I am pleased to offer:

• Confidential and compassionate treatment consultation for individuals diagnosed with BPD or who engage in self-injury, their loved ones, parents, and other caregivers

• Information and research about evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder and self-harm such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Schema-Focused Therapy, STEPPS, and Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

• Personalized recommendations based on your individual needs*

• Ongoing solution-focused and nonjudgmental support for individuals with BPD and family members

• Adherent DBT treatment for Baylor University students and for adolescents and adults residing in the areas surrounding Waco, Bryan-College Station, Temple, and Killeen.

If you find yourself in need of hope, a good referral, and some support, please call me at (941) 704-4328 or e-mail me today. You can also click here to register for my mailing list.

We're in this together.


* Amanda Smith, LMSW accepts no financial compensation
from treatment centers or mental health professionals.