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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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

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

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

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 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

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 Virginia Beach, VA, 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

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

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 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 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

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 special experience and training in treating borderline personality disorder.

— Mikah Watford, Licensed Professional Counselor in San antonio, TX

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

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

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,

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

A personality disorder can be difficult to manage, and most counseling techniques provide minimal relief. Taking lessons from the experts on personality disorders, I apply a specialized program that is entirely different from traditional counseling modalities. Life can be full with a personality disorder and yes, you can do better.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX