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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Borderline personality disorder (BPD), avoidant personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder can cause extreme emotional distress. I provide solutions for personality disorders that allow you to attain awareness without engaging in patterns of self-judgment. I utilize a combination of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and emotionally focused therapy (EFT) to allow you to engage in distress tolerance skills with a full understanding of the emotions that drive you.

— Riley Morgan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

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 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

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 training in personality disorders and have worked with personality disorders throughout my career. I am competent in DBT techniques and have worked as part of a DBT treatment team. I also have experience working with couples impacted by a personality disorder.

— Nichole Spjut, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Mitchell, KY

I am formally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech - Marsha Linehan's training foundation. I have both residential and outpatient experience treating symptoms common in personality disorders such as suicidality, self-harm, and interpersonal struggles.

— Kelsey Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I specialize in the treatment of borderline personality disorder and the whole spectrum of personality disorders. I am also skilled in treating suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self injury, suicidal ideation and any self harm behaviors.

— Jessica Ulmer, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

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 have special experience and training in treating borderline personality disorder.

— Mikah Watford, Licensed Professional Counselor in San antonio, 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

I specialize in working with adult clients who have experienced complex trauma and mis-attunements in the childhood environment - this is often where personality disorders take root. Recovery is possible with therapy that is focused on developing skills, discovering yourself, and experiencing new attachment patterns. I have experienced, studied, and worked with many clients to reframe and recover from their experiences. This is my passion.

— Laura Bruco, Psychotherapist in Seattle,

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

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

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 Marco Island, FL

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

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I subscribe to the notion that personality disorders develop as a combination of biological tendency with environmental factors. The environmental factors include many things, but can be summarized as a lack of safe, emotionally attuned, consistent attachment with caregivers. This relationship is important for healthy development, and in it's absence we get borderline, narcissistic, avoidant, dependent, or other traits to cope. We can still complete the work of healthy development as adults.

— Brad Schlosser, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern in St. Petersburg, FL