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 and knowledge specifically with borderline personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, and avoidant personality disorder.

— Sam Anderson, Clinical Social Worker in Golden Valley, MN

Sometimes it is hard to find support when dealing with a chronic condition. We can support your recovery from chronic personality issues and encourage engagement in therapeutic groups to supplement your recovery journey.

— All Life Transitions (ALT) Mental Health, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Phoenix, AZ

I have extensive experience treating personality disorders and truly enjoy working with the brilliant and creative individuals who often receive this label. If you have a PD diagnosis, I know that you have likely experienced a great deal of pain and fear in this life. You may been feeling alone or rejected because relationships are not your strong suit. If you are ready to practice vulnerability and learn a new way of connecting to yourself and others, I can help.

— Hannah Schaler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

My expertise in treating personality disorders, particularly with a focus on DBT techniques and compassionate care for those with borderline personality disorder, sets me apart as a therapist dedicated to facilitating meaningful transformations in the lives of individuals facing these challenges. Through my training, experience, and commitment to holistic care, I aim to guide clients on their journey toward improved mental health, emotional stability, and enhanced well-being.

— Osuni Roque, Clinical Psychologist in Miami, FL

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

Struggling with chronic emotion dysregulation and distress can feel isolating and demoralizing. With DBT I help clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or Borderline traits build skills to soothe emotional distress, regulate and focus the mind, and build a true life worth living. I have extensive training in DBT and its applications, and have offered DBT in all levels of care and settings.

— Kelsey Harper, Clinical Psychologist in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

Experiencing chronic emotional distress and dysregulation can leave us feeling isolated and alone, and like we can't get connected to ourselves. I have worked extensively with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Borderline Traits for years with empathic validation and effective Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Many of my clients utilize DBT skills to soothe distress, regulate emotions, and truly build a life that's worth living.

— Kelsey Harper, Clinical Psychologist in Santa Monica, CA

Experience and trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. There is often overlap with Trauma and Bipolar Disorders.

— Nikki Gorman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I am very adept in dealing with Borderline, Histrionic, and DID. I have helped many clients cope with these disorders. I have experienced some more up close and personal than most.

— Julie Boesch, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in , FL

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

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

In my experience, folks with personality disorders receive poor care due to the stigma associated with the diagnosis. You deserve the same unconditional care that others receive. I am certified in DBT and can support those seeking support with mindfulness (if that's your thing), distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

— Anna Abramyan, Clinical Social Worker in Olympia, WA

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 Arlington, VA

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