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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While many people (therapists included) see personality disorders as unsolvable problems, I look for the person behind all that. I seek to understand what makes people thrive, and what gets in the way of their most fulfilling life. I aim for helping anyone do better, reach higher, and find greater joy. My extensive background and experience with DBT is especially helpful for this goal.

— John Eichenberger, Counselor in Macedon, NY

I have special experience and training in treating borderline personality disorder.

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

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

I have had many years assessing and treating clients with personality disorders. I often give presentations on the differences and how to treat them through evidenced based methods.

— Dr. Angela Webb, Clinical Psychologist in Bonne Terre, MO

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

I have extensive experience working with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality and Antisocial Personality. I have experience treating individuals with personality disorders both in a forensic/correctional setting and in an inpatient psychiatric setting.

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

Does this sound familiar? “I constantly question my goodness. Am I good or evil? It feels as though if it were possible, there are two of me living inside one body. And each day they war against each other, over every choice and opportunity that comes my way. All my soul wants is balance.” When you have Borderline Personality Disorder, you may have a hard time controlling your emotions. I can help you understand ways to live with BPD in a way that provides meaning for you.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

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 Port St. Lucie, FL

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

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 have extensive experience treating personality disorders and truly enjoy working with the brilliant and creative individuals that I meet who have been saddled with 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 Los Angeles, CA

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 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

Do you want to recover from Narcissistic Abuse? Did you come from a family with narcissistic parents? Is your boss a narcissist? Do you keep finding yourself in relationships where you feel unloved? You can reclaim your life.

— Cynthia Eddings, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, 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

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 Brockton, MA

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