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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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

Borderline Personality Disorder occurs when a child experiences trauma and doesn’t have a safety net of a safe and healthy family. A person's relationship with their parents and family has a strong influence on how they come to see the world and what they believe about other people. Unresolved trauma can lead to a variety of distorted adult thinking patterns that impact your functioning and relationships. You feel out of control and don’t know how to stop it. Let me help you heal.

— Carrie Glebe, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Williston, 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

Narcissitic PD and Borderline PD are my personal specialties. I work with family, and those struggling with the disorders themselves. I take my study of these personalities, and the study of toxic stress and combine them in a form of treatment that helps people form a solid identity. We work to find meaning, purpose, and new skills to engage in fulfilling relationships.

— Kristin Martinez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Whittier, CA

Personality is the way of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. An individual’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment (surroundings, life situations) and inherited characteristics. A person’s personality is typically consistent over time. A personality disorder is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time-APA

— Briana Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison, WI

I am a DBT therapist and can help you by providing therapy and skills training.

— Kurt Taulbee, Counselor in NILES, MI

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

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

I have been extensively trained by BTech for DBT. I am passionate about evidence-based treatments. I have been providing adherent DBT since 2002 and been lucky enough to be part of Marsha Linehan's early training in MN. I have spent time with her and am amazed at how she developed DBT by herself when she was struggling and pulled from so many different therapies to create DBT. I have been to every BTech training, have been MN state certified in DBT and am constantly keeping up on new research.

— Rachel Rippel, Psychologist in Minnetonka, MN

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

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'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

I specialize in working with folks who struggle with personality disorders, particularly borderline (BPD) and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

— Katie Flach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment modality for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

— Sarah O'Hern, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL

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 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

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 welcome working with people who have previously been diagnosed with a personality disorder (most often borderline personality disorder). I conceptualize these "personality disorders" as typically being the result of complex developmental traumas. If we can treat the traumatic reactions we can begin to help change behaviors that are no longer adaptive or useful to you.

— Rachel Stanton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

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 Urbandale, IA

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

So often misunderstood, Borderline Personality Disorder can be described as occurring within the context of relationships. It's characterized by rapid mood swings, impulsivity, an unstable sense of self & a lot of anxiety. So what does this mean? Your relationships tend to be intense & chaotic. Emotional pain literally feels intolerable & your fear of relationship rejection, can lead to frantic, erratic behavior, in an attempt to just to feel better. Your emotions don't have to run you life!

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA

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 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

Sometimes, people have personality patterns or ways of interacting that cause distress to them or those around them. When these problems are severe, the person may receive a personality disorder diagnosis. However, it can be a relief to hear that there are good treatments to help people improve their ways of interacting with the world. I have advanced training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), developed to treat personality disorders.

— Kerry Cannity, Psychologist in New York, NY

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

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA