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.

Meet the specialists

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

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA
 

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

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, Counselor in Newton, MA
 

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
 

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
 

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

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 Beverly Hills, CA
 

Personality problems can include a wide varieties of problems. Very simply put, a person with a personality disorders has great difficulty adjusting his or her behavior to the situation that is occurring.

— Ellen Biros, Counselor in SUWANEE, GA

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
 

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 am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment modality for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

— Sarah O'Hern, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL

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
 

Narcissism BPD Negativism Paranoid Schizoid Anxious Schizotypal Antisocial Histrionic

— Jennifer Wolf, Psychotherapist in Colorado Springs, CO

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
 

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 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

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

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

— Sara Weand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Annville, PA