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 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
 

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 Macedon, NY

Do you want to recover from Narcissistic Abuse? Did you come from a family with narcissistic parents? Is your boss a narcissist? Do you keep finding yourself in relationships where you feel unloved? You can reclaim your life.

— Cynthia Eddings, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
 

I work with a wide variety of individuals ranging from 14 to 74, some of which struggle with symptoms of Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Avoidant, and Dependent Personality Disorders. These individuals have stories revealing a great deal of pain from wounds that did not heal properly or completely and manifest in patterns throughout their lives. Together we will uncover and process through experiences while establishing a safe and healthy therapeutic relationship towards hope and healing.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas City, MO

In my conceptualization, personality disorders are a way of describing sustained, complex relational traumas. If you have been hurt through relations with others, it makes sense that being in relationship with others will feel terrifying to you. For clients who experience symptoms related to personality disorders, I recommend consistent, long term relational therapy to practice developing 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 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 Macedon, NY

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 have special experience and training in treating borderline personality disorder.

— Mikah Watford, Licensed Professional Counselor in San antonio, 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 have experience and enjoy working with folks with BPD and NPD.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Denver, 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
 

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

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
 

Personality disorders are conditions that are broad-based and hard to understand by many clients. They have felt like they don't fit in for as long as they can remember and usually have little hope that that will change. Over long term therapy change does occur.

— Laura Groshong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

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 am well-versed in borderline personality disorder. I teach up to 4 classes a year on BPD to future therapists at a graduate program; I have also worked with several clients with BPD.

— Julia Farney, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

I like to think of personality disorders as distinct personality traits that can cause disruptions in clients experience and relate to themselves and others. In practice I use Mentalization Based Treatment and incorporate an interpersonal style in my treatment. In working with personality traits we develop a relationship that is based on curiosity, respect and exploration of different perspectives, clarification of one's intentions in communication and developing tolerance for misunderstandings

— Artur Lebiedzinski, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

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

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
 

While some clinicians tend to believe in the fixed nature of personality disorders, and are limited by their negative views of working with these clients, my clinical experience directly contradicts this. I have had the honor of working with some of the loveliest individuals suffering with disorders such as BPD. I have also found that CPTSD underlies many common diagnoses, and thus attention is paid to trauma and insecure attachment histories when treating those symptoms.

— Katie Plumb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA