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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Tami’s initial training in master’s level clinical work began at Pacifica Graduate Institute. This individual focused training emphasizes psychological forces such as feelings and emotions that influence behaviors. In essence, asking how our pasts effects our present. Tami’s ongoing training consists of specializations in treating Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

— Tami Morgan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boise, ID

I have years of experience in working with clients with Borderline Personality traits-I use DBT but also other modalties as well since not everyone connects or likes DBT!

— Elizabeth Hinkle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Virginia Beach, VA
 

BPD is my passion because I have extensive clinical experience in working with clients who have this condition. I have witnessed the challenges and the strengths of people with BPD, and I have learned to appreciate their resilience and courage. I have also seen the positive outcomes of using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to assist my clients with BPD.

— AJ Huynh, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Cypress, TX

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
 

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

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
 

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

I am trained to work with the entire spectrum of personality disorders. My practice utilizes evidenced based treatments to treat and manage personality traits that get in the way of living a fulfilling life including DBT, Radically Open DBT, and Mentalization based treatment. My approach tend to be honest, down to earth, and direct.

— Alexandra Mejia, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY
 

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

I specialize in helping people recover from narcissistic relationships. Together, we will: process the relationship and emotional trauma, explore emotional triggers, recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships, set boundaries, prioritize your needs, and build a healthy support system.

— Dr. Katarina Ament, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO
 

I have extensive experience working with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality, Antisocial Personality and Narcissistic Personality. I have experience treating individuals with personality disorders both in a forensic setting and in an outpatient setting.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

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
 

My professional expertise is to use the term “Personality Adaptations” instead of Personality Disorders, in order to emphasize the difficulties have their origin as child survival adaptations to difficult childhood situations. My basic position is that Disorganized Personality organization began as emotional survival adaptations to get one’s needs met in an unhealthy childhood environment. Disorders of Self reflect an insecure attachment/separation and Object system of Trauma responses.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL

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
 

You’ve been struggling with overwhelming emotion, at times hopeless that you will ever feel grounded. Emotions hit you like unrelenting ocean waves, and you’re being tossed and thrown around trying to get above water for some air. With comprehensive DBT and trauma focused therapy, I can help you navigate overwhelming emotion so you can feel safe and grounded, resolve conflict in relationships so you can feel connected and secure, and connect to yourself so you can feel powerful & purposeful.

— Kelsey Harper, Clinical Psychologist in Santa Monica, CA

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
 

Sometimes individuals are brought to therapy not on their own volition, but because they've been prompted to do so. Perhaps they lack awareness and insight into their own problems. I help individuals gain awareness and develop insight, and teach how their problems not only affect themselves, but others as well. Personality disorders are of particular interest to me, given I learned to overcome some of my own narcissistic tendencies in therapy.

— Michael Serpico, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Hallandale Beach, FL

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO