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 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

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 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

I am highly knowledgable in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with BiPolar and Borderline Personality Disorders. These two diagnosis often get misdiagnosed or diagnosed without any understanding that there is a way to live a happy and fulfilling life.

— Rachael Julstrom, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blue Springs, MO
 

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 extensive training, expertise, and experience treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In my private practice, I treat both individuals who meet criteria for BPD but for whom Comprehensive DBT is not indicated, and individuals who don't meet criteria for BPD but experience BPD symptoms/traits.

— Carrie Covell, Psychotherapist in West Hollywood, CA
 

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 extensive training, expertise, and experience treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and, in my private practice, I treat both individuals who meet criteria for BPD but for whom Comprehensive DBT is not indicated, and individuals who don't meet criteria for BPD but experience BPD symptoms/traits.

— Carrie Covell, Psychotherapist in West Hollywood, CA
 

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
 

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

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
 

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 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
 

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

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

Through my work in inpatient psychiatric facilities, as well as in correctional facilities, I have experience working with individuals diagnosed with various personality and mood disorders.

— Tiffanie Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA
 

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 over 7 years' experience working with individuals with personality disorders. Working with individuals who may have suicide attempt history or constant thoughts of death and dying without urges. Getting the diagnosis is only half the battle. Figuring out what to do next is the other half. I am also experienced in administering the Role Functioning Scale and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scales for clients with pervasive psychotic symptoms.

— Kathryn Krug, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santee, 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