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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In my conceptualization, personality disorders are a way of describing sustained, complex relational traumas. If you have been hurt through relations with others, it makes sense that being in relationship with others will feel terrifying to you. For clients who experience symptoms related to personality disorders, I recommend consistent, long term relational therapy to practice developing skills in order to increase your capacity to love, trust, and be in healthy relations with others.

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Narcissism BPD Negativism Paranoid Schizoid Anxious Schizotypal Antisocial Histrionic

— Jennifer Wolf, Psychotherapist in Colorado Springs, CO

Mood Swings. Drama. Empty. Lost. Chaos. Impulsive. Anger. Regret. Intense Emotional Pain.

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA

I trained for work with borderline personality using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) since graduate school, and obtained supervision/consultation on practicums and internship. I do not offer a full DBT course; I tailor it to be shorter and customized to the individual.

— Fernando Alessandri, Clinical Psychologist in Irving, TX

Personality problems can include a wide varieties of problems. Very simply put, a person with a personality disorders has great difficulty adjusting his or her behavior to the situation that is occurring.

— Ellen Biros, Counselor in SUWANEE, GA

Personality disorders are often caused by some form of attachment trauma. Some people are biologically more sensitive and have been repeatedly invalidated by their environment. You may have have been told things like: “Stop being dramatic!”, “Normal people don’t react this way”, “You’re too much!”, etc. With a radically genuine and validating approach, I want to help support you in creating a life you feel is worth living.

— Rachel Jones, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

In my conceptualization, personality disorders are a grouping of symptoms related to sustained relational traumas. If you have been hurt through relations with others, it makes sense that being in relationships will feel terrifying to you, depriving you of the very things you may want -- love, closeness, care, and intimacy. Consistent, long term relational therapy can help you develop and practice skills in order to increase your capacity to love, trust, and be in healthy relations with others.

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Borderline Personality Disorder often occurs when a child from a young age experiences: • emotional, physical or sexual abuse • exposure to long-term fear or distress • neglect by 1 or both parents • parent/caregiver with a serious mental health or addiction problem When this happens it can leave you with issues of unresolved fear, anger and distress from childhood; which can lead to a variety of distorted adult thinking patterns. I have experience treating BPD using DBT informed.

— Carrie Glebe, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Williston, FL

I have substantial training and experience in the assessment and treatment of personality disorders. I trained for over two years at The Menninger Clinic, one of the nation's top psychiatric hospitals (and one of the last remaining psychotherapeutic hospitals). In particular, I specialize in the psychodynamic therapy of personality disorder and draw upon multiple evidence-based approaches (e.g., mentalization-based therapy, transference-focused psychotherapy).

— Joseph Reed, Clinical Psychologist in Evanston, IL

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

I view Personality Disorders as an opportunity to grow into the person you want to be, but might not have had the environment or chance fully to do so. In particular, I have extensive experience and training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), considered to be the gold standard for Borderline Personality Disorder. You may have heard that some therapists don't like to work with persons diagnosed with personality disorders. I am not that person. I hope to assist anyone who comes to me seeking help; to help anyone grow to the fullest potential.

— John Eichenberger, Counselor in Fairport, NY

During my residency, I received 1 year of supervised training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and have facilitated DBT groups for years. In my practice, we offer 2 DBT groups for women and 1 for men. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in therapy to address core cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues to motivate change and healthy living.

— Brian Monteleone, Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

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

I'm internationally known for specialized work in narcissistic abuse. This means that I work with people who identify as being the victims of abuse, and are wondering if their partner or family member has a personality disorder. Often, there is an intergenerational pattern at play. I can help you define what you are seeing and feeling, sort out what is happening in these relationships in your life and how to restore balance.

— Tiffany Kettermann, Counselor in Portland, OR

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 West Palm Beach, FL

I work with a wide variety of individuals ranging from 14 to 74, some of which struggle with symptoms of Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Avoidant, and Dependent Personality Disorders. These individuals have stories revealing a great deal of pain from wounds that did not heal properly or completely and manifest in patterns throughout their lives. Together we will uncover and process through experiences while establishing a safe and healthy therapeutic relationship towards hope and healing.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas City, MO

I have extensive training and experience in the treatment of Personality Disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, utilizing DBT, ACT, and Relational models. I enjoy helping people understand how patterns developed related to thinking, emotional regulation, and relationships, and how to change those patterns to better meet their goals for a life worth living.

— Leslie Crea-Kammerer, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

DBT has provided me with education and rewarding experiences in relation to personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, and I enjoy my work with this largely misunderstood population.

— Kuniko Madden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Durham, NC

I’m one of the rare therapists that find it a privilege to assist individuals exhibiting Borderline tendencies. Positive regard, understanding the causes and issues and direct communication are some of the therapeutic assets I bring to our alliance. Absolutely, there is HOPE! I’ve worked with clients that have had dozens of therapists prior to us working together. DBT, Schema, intergrative and holistic treatments are proven interventions. YOUR pain and despair can be lessened, you ARE worth it!

— Gail Wodkiewicz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Staten Island, NY

As far as personality disorders go, I am well-versed in borderline personality disorder (BPD). I have done individual and group dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment method for BPD. While I am not specifically a DBT therapist, I do use DBT skills in my practice to promote healthy coping skills.

— Ali Curtner, Counselor in Kirkwood, MO

It can be hard to find a therapist who specializes in treating personality disorders. I specialize in working with individuals with borderline personality disorder, or those who have been told that they have "borderline traits," "fear of abandonment," or even that they are "manipulative." Many clients come to me because they are struggling with relationships, self-injury, or feeling suicidal. I integrate Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills (and may recommend a group or comprehensive program if our work together isn't enough) with a supportive, compassionate environment where you feel validated. Often, trauma is a big part of the picture, and working through the trauma may be part of the work as well, once we establish safety.

— Jessica Kilbride, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains,

I have experience and success in teaching people how to manage the negative behaviors associated with Antisocial and Borderline personality disorders so they can live a fuller life that also helps them reduce their harm to others. I keep up with the latest research and treatment for both disorders and utilize evidenced based approaches for treatment. It is an absolute myth that both disorders can't be treated. It takes more work but it is possible.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

I have experience providing comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) services to individuals struggling with personality traits. DBT was originally developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan to support those struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT, however, has been found to also be helpful for individuals struggling with other mental health concerns, such as anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders.

— Leslie Aguilar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA

I received foundational DBT training through Marsha Linehan's Behavioral Tech. DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment and is the gold standard for suicidal people and those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While BPD is a highly stigmatized diagnosis, I work to reduce the client's shame. I believe it is a result of early attachment trauma and it can be treated. I am supervised by Dr. Suzanne Wallach, who is comprehensively trained in DBT through The Linehan Institute.

— Daniele Lewin, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

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

I am trained in DBT and have extensive experience working with personality disorders to include borderline, narcissism, and antisocial personality disorders.

— Melissa Foley, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rocky Ford, CO