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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It can be difficult when diagnosed with a personality disorder to know where to turn. I have worked with numerous clients to understand their diagnosis and to help them learn to connect with their environment.

— Mark Eades, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Efland, NC

In my experience, folks with personality disorders receive poor care due to the stigma associated with the diagnosis. You deserve the same unconditional care that others receive. I am certified in DBT and can support those seeking support with mindfulness (if that's your thing), distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

— Anna Abramyan, Clinical Social Worker in Olympia, WA

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

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 clients diagnosed with personality disorders. I will support you in working towards your ideal life, managing symptoms, and understanding the diagnosis.

— Shayne Snyder, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I specialize in helping identify patterns of coping and behavior that may no longer serve you well. Through compassionate curiosity, I can help you find healthier, happier ways of relating to yourself and others.

— Benjamin Wyatt, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Indianapolis, IN

I appreciate the challenge of working with patients with personality disorders, who are often misunderstood. I have attended several seminars and training courses to deepen my understanding of these conditions and to give me tools to help my patients better. I approach my patients with personality disorders with utmost sensitivity and aim to create a safe emotional environment for them because I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is absolutely key to our successful work together.

— Tetyana Irvin, Psychotherapist in , NY

I can assure you that you are welcome here in this space. I've built a whole person program to do more than just talk: Depth oriented individual work to unburden the wounds, creative exploration (with a sprinkle of skills, because they are still needed), and nature based work to fill up your cup. This program is here to help undo the whole knot, and be a constant space to receive support from. Head to my website, take a look at what I have to offer. It's a space for you if you want it.

— Timothy Kelly, Clinical Social Worker in Aurora, CO

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 specialize in working with folks who struggle with personality disorders, particularly borderline (BPD) and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

— Kathleen "Kade" Flach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Campbell, CA

At their root, I view any personality disorder as behaviors that worked for us at one time but don’t work anymore. Employing a combination of methods, including Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy, I enjoy helping others recognize their inherent value.

— Brett Hammond, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisville, KY

Personality disorders can emerge following trauma, unhealthy relationships, or other difficult experiences - the symptoms are a survival tactic and trauma response. Our work is to understand how your trauma survival strategies can be shifted to more effective ways of interacting with others and managing emotions. I primarily use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to empower my clients to effectively regulate their emotions and approach interactions with mindfulness and coping skills.

— Laura Knudsen, Counselor in Newton, MA

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 specialized in working with individuals with personality disorders for the past five years. I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help build coping skills for better management of emotions and tolerating stressful life situations. I have found that teaching/learning Mindfulness skills are essential for anyone to improve their quality of life.

— Jessica Arneson, Counselor in ,

I work closely with abuse victims and family members of personality disordered individuals, especially cluster B (Borderline, Narcissistic, and Histrionic Personality).

— Brittany Stilwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, 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 have experience and enjoy working with folks with BPD and NPD.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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