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’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

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

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

I specialize in treating family members and spouses who are effected by someone with a personality disorder.

— DIANA CANFIELD, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

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

Personality disorders can emerge following trauma, unhealthy relationships, or other difficult experiences - for many, these 'disordered' ways of connecting to others have emerged as a survival tactic. Our work is to understand how these survival tactics can be shifted to more effective ways of interacting with others and managing emotions. I primarily use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to empower my clients to effectively manage their emotions and interactions with mindfulness and coping skills.

— Laura Knudsen, in Newton, MA

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

While many people (therapists included) see personality disorders as unsolvable problems, I look for the person behind all that. I seek to understand what makes people thrive, and what gets in the way of their most fulfilling life. I aim for helping anyone do better, reach higher, and find greater joy. My extensive background and experience with DBT is especially helpful for this goal.

— John Eichenberger, Counselor in Fairport, NY

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

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

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA

I have been intensively trained by BTech (the company owned by DBT founder Marsha Linehan) in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). This treatment was specifically designed to help those struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is one of my favorite things to practice due to the enormous success my clients have had with it.

— Jenna Rasmussen, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA