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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I am highly knowledgable in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with BiPolar and Borderline Personality Disorders. These two diagnosis often get misdiagnosed or diagnosed without any understanding that there is a way to live a happy and fulfilling life.

— Rachael Julstrom, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blue Springs, MO

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 specialize in the treatment of borderline personality disorder and the whole spectrum of personality disorders. I am also skilled in treating suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self injury, suicidal ideation and any self harm behaviors.

— Jessica Ulmer, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

I have extensive training, expertise, and experience treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In my private practice, I treat both individuals who meet criteria for BPD but for whom Comprehensive DBT is not indicated, and individuals who don't meet criteria for BPD but experience BPD symptoms/traits.

— Carrie Covell, Psychotherapist in West Hollywood, CA
 

I have experience address narcissistic personality disorder, as well as addressing the trauma of being a child of a parent with personality disorders or traits.

— Aurora Molitoris, Mental Health Counselor in Overland Park, KS

A lot of the time, we have aspects of our personality that make us vulnerable to substance use and abuse, or that can make it difficult to attend treatment with other people. Figuring those things out takes time and patience. I have specific experience and training with people assessed with Borderline Personality and Anti-social disorder or symptoms.

— Scott Spiers, Addictions Counselor
 

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

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
 

During my time in private practice, and prior to my experiences with VA and DOD, I worked in an acute care facility, where I focused largely on the effects and healing from personality disorders. It takes a nuanced approach and deep clinical understanding to be able to align with someone dealing with a personality disorder without judgement or biased. We all deserve to have a fulfilling life and solid relationships, which is often the distressing fallout of these disorders.

— Cari Oliver, Clinical Psychologist in Virginia Beach, VA, VA

I like to think of personality disorders as distinct personality traits that can cause disruptions in clients experience and relate to themselves and others. In practice I use Mentalization Based Treatment and incorporate an interpersonal style in my treatment. In working with personality traits we develop a relationship that is based on curiosity, respect and exploration of different perspectives, clarification of one's intentions in communication and developing tolerance for misunderstandings

— Artur Lebiedzinski, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

I have over 7 years' experience working with individuals with personality disorders. Working with individuals who may have suicide attempt history or constant thoughts of death and dying without urges. Getting the diagnosis is only half the battle. Figuring out what to do next is the other half. I am also experienced in administering the Role Functioning Scale and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scales for clients with pervasive psychotic symptoms.

— Kathryn Krug, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santee, CA

Tami’s initial training in master’s level clinical work began at Pacifica Graduate Institute. This individual focused training emphasizes psychological forces such as feelings and emotions that influence behaviors. In essence, asking how our pasts effects our present. Tami’s ongoing training consists of specializations in treating Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

— Tami Morgan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boise, ID
 

I have special experience and training in treating borderline personality disorder.

— Mikah Watford, Licensed Professional Counselor in San antonio, TX

Experience and trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. There is often overlap with Trauma and Bipolar Disorders.

— Nikki Gorman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
 

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), avoidant personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder can cause extreme emotional distress. I provide solutions for personality disorders that allow you to attain awareness without engaging in patterns of self-judgment. I utilize a combination of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and emotionally focused therapy (EFT) to allow you to engage in distress tolerance skills with a full understanding of the emotions that drive you.

— Riley Morgan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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 , WA
 

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 Fort Lauderdale, FL

When a trauma occurs, our brain tries to cope by getting our needs met in ways that others don’t understand. Those behaviors are often grouped together and labeled as a personality disorder. I work to take the shame and invalidation from these disorders and help clients learn coping skills and resolve trauma so that our brains don’t need to work so aggressively to get our needs met.

— Stephanie Lessmeier, Licensed Professional Counselor in St. Peters, MO
 

A personality disorder can be difficult to manage, and most counseling techniques provide minimal relief. Taking lessons from the experts on personality disorders, I apply a specialized program that is entirely different from traditional counseling modalities. Life can be full with a personality disorder and yes, you can do better.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX

Personality Disorders like Borderline Personality Disorder can be scary when you don't understand them or how they can effect your life. Understanding the signs of personality disorders and what that looks like in you should be a great starting point.

— Jen Kilpatrick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor