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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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
 

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 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
 

As a Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) provider for children (MBT-C) through adults, I focus my work towards understanding the development of our internal state of mind and the connection to others. MBT was developed initially for Borderline Personality Disorder and Anti-Social Personality Disorder, and since has been proven to be more effective than treatment as usual.

— Kyle McEvoy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I have facilitated DBT groups and worked with many people with personality disorders. I am also currently furthering my training to be a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional.

— Lauren Laguna, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

Sometimes, people have problematic patterns in their personality or interactions with others. When these problems are severe, they may receive a personality disorder diagnosis. The good news is that we have effective treatments to help people change such patterns. I have received advanced training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), both designed to help people diagnosed with personality disorders.

— Kerry Cannity, Psychologist in New York, NY

I have facilitated DBT groups and worked with many people with personality disorders. I am also currently furthering my training to be a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional.

— Lauren Laguna, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

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

I have extensive knowledge and research in regards to personality disorders. I have had great success with borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and other personality disorders that disrupt day to day life.

— Melissa Foley, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rocky Ford, CO
 

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

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 Seattle, WA