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 have extensive experience working with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality and Antisocial Personality. I have experience treating individuals with personality disorders both in a forensic/correctional setting and in an inpatient psychiatric setting.

— Tiffanie Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

Personality disorders can emerge following trauma, unhealthy relationships, or other difficult experiences - the symptoms are a survival tactic and trauma response. Our work is to understand how your trauma survival strategies 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 regulate their emotions and approach interactions with mindfulness and coping skills.

— Laura Knudsen, Counselor in Newton, MA

Does this sound familiar? “I constantly question my goodness. Am I good or evil? It feels as though if it were possible, there are two of me living inside one body. And each day they war against each other, over every choice and opportunity that comes my way. All my soul wants is balance.” When you have Borderline Personality Disorder, you may have a hard time controlling your emotions. I can help you understand ways to live with BPD in a way that provides meaning for you.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

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

I have extensive experience working with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality, Antisocial Personality and Narcissistic Personality. I have experience treating individuals with personality disorders both in a forensic setting and in an outpatient setting.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Brockton, MA

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

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 Benedict, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

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

As a clinician, I have came across individuals from all walks of life. Many variables, from genetics to chaotic upbringings, can impact the onset and prevalence of personality disorders. The effects can be burdening on mental, physical, and interpersonal levels, yet, these disorders are treatable. I work to help people embrace their situations from a healthier, developed mindset through strategic skill building. With the proper treatment and care, increased quality of life is achievable.

— Ishanie Sanchez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Staten Island, NY

I specialize in working with those who live with Borderline Personality Disorder by using DBT techniques and strategies to help you identify your authentic self.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

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 have special experience and training in treating borderline personality disorder.

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

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

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 have experience and enjoy working with folks with BPD and NPD.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

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

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 , WA

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