Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are a group of mental illnesses that include long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible, and that differ significantly from what is expected. Personality disorders typically cause significant problems with relationships, social activities, work and school. There are ten types of personality disorder and the symptoms of each are different. They can mild or severe. People with personality disorders often don’t know they have a problem. To them, their thoughts are normal, and they often blame others for their problems. The cause of personality disorders is unknown but many experts believe that genes and childhood experiences may play a role. If you think you may be suffering from a personality disorder, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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Feeling like your emotions are all over the place? Feeling empty, insecure, and reactive? Do you find yourself engaging in harmful, impulsive behaviors when feeling rejected or abandoned? Having difficulty maintaining stable relationships? Whether this is your experience or the experience of someone you love, therapy can genuinely make a difference, and I'm here to help you!

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

Dialectical behavior therapy is considered the best treatment for individuals who have been diagnosed with personality disorders. I am well trained in DBT and use it with all of my clients. I also am very knowledgeable about highly emotional people and trauma - and how both of these factors are often present with individuals with personality disorders.

— Deann Acton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Managing personality disorders can be really overwhelming. It is overwhelming for the individual as well as family and loved ones. I assist clients in managing personality disorders, primarily borderline personality disorder (BPD), through an intervention known as DBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. We work together and learn skills like mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance.

— Emmily Weldon, Counselor in Port St. Lucie, FL

I have extensive training in DBT which focuses on the dialectic of two difficult extremes: acceptance, and change. This gives me the ability to recognize the areas of weakness, as well as strengths, to help my clients overcome pervasive patterns that have caused difficulty in life.

— Matt Coffman, Licensed Professional Counselor

While some clinicians tend to believe in the fixed nature of personality disorders, and are limited by their negative views of working with these clients, my clinical experience directly contradicts this. I have had the honor of working with some of the loveliest individuals suffering with disorders such as BPD. I have also found that CPTSD underlies many common diagnoses, and thus attention is paid to trauma and insecure attachment histories when treating those symptoms.

— Katie Plumb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

I have had many years assessing and treating clients with personality disorders. I often give presentations on the differences and how to treat them through evidenced based methods.

— Dr. Angela Webb, Clinical Psychologist in Bonne Terre, MO

I have worked for 5 years with over 50 clients experiencing some type of personality disorder and with co-occurring diagnoses. I strive to support those I work with to help normalize the experience of the symptoms of personality disorder, work through stuck points, and provide alternate methods of therapy to help tackle their challenges from different ways. It is very important to me to change the stigma that has historically been put on personality disorders and offer validation and support.

— Nicole Hall, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

Personality disorders are conditions that are broad-based and hard to understand by many clients. They have felt like they don't fit in for as long as they can remember and usually have little hope that that will change. Over long term therapy change does occur.

— Laura Groshong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Personality disorders may be present if the person has a rigid and unhealthy thinking pattern, functioning, or behavior. They may have trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. These difficulties can cause significant problems and limitations in relationships, social activities, work, and school. Personality disorders usually begin in the teenage years or early adulthood.

— Ralph Porter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boerne, TX

All relationships come with their own hurdles; however, sometimes they can feel extra difficult to navigate. If being in close relationships has often felt difficult, please reach out and learn how to feel closer and more engaged with those you care about.

— Trey Cole, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO