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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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 Port St. Lucie, FL

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

Personality disorders may be present if the person has a rigid and unhealthy thinking pattern, functioning, or behavior. They may have trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. These difficulties can cause significant problems and limitations in relationships, social activities, work, and school. Personality disorders usually begin in the teenage years or early adulthood.

— Ralph Porter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boerne, TX

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tired of engaging in the cycle of suffering? Feeling as if there is no end to the hyper anxiety and rapid onset of emotions daily or mulitiple times week? Struggling to identify your turning point for change and how to implement it and maintain it? Have a sense of chronic emptyiness that expands in to a fear of abandonment? Do you desire to be close to others, but yet scared to allow others to get close out of fear they may hurt you? Lets work together to help you reach your full potential.

— Nicole Browning, Counselor in Bremerton, WA

I appreciate the challenge of working with patients with personality disorders, who are often misunderstood. I have attended several seminars and training courses to deepen my understanding of these conditions and to give me tools to help my patients better. I approach my patients with personality disorders with utmost sensitivity and aim to create a safe emotional environment for them because I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is absolutely key to our successful work together.

— Tetyana Irvin, Psychotherapist in , NY

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 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

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 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 Hall, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based approach initially developed to treat those with Borderline Personality Disorder but has been proven effective in treating a variety of diagnoses. People who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder may be on the receiving end of stigma and are especially vulnerable in treatment. I have experience working long-term with clients who struggle with the symptoms of a personality disorder diagnosis.

— Nicolette Stenger, Counselor

Clients with a personality disorder diagnosis may feel that there is no one who will work with them due to their challenges. Clients who genuinely want to work on the issues that have caused them problems will find me to be a fierce advocate for their wellbeing.

— Whitney Davison, Therapist in Lee's Summit, MO

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

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA