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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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

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

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 special experience and training in treating borderline personality disorder.

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

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

In my conceptualization, personality disorders are a way of describing sustained, complex relational traumas. If you have been hurt through relations with others, it makes sense that being in relationship with others will feel terrifying to you. For clients who experience symptoms related to personality disorders, I recommend consistent, long term relational therapy to practice developing skills in order to increase your capacity to love, trust, and be in healthy relations with others.

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

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

When a trauma occurs, our brain tries to cope by getting our needs met in ways that others don’t understand. Those behaviors are often grouped together and labeled as a personality disorder. I work to take the shame and invalidation from these disorders and help clients learn coping skills and resolve trauma so that our brains don’t need to work so aggressively to get our needs met.

— Stephanie Lessmeier, Licensed Professional Counselor in St. Peters, MO

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

A lot of the time, we have aspects of our personality that make us vulnerable to substance use and abuse, or that can make it difficult to attend treatment with other people. Figuring those things out takes time and patience. I have specific experience and training with people assessed with Borderline Personality and Anti-social disorder or symptoms.

— Scott Spiers, Addictions Counselor

I have experience address narcissistic personality disorder, as well as addressing the trauma of being a child of a parent with personality disorders or traits.

— Aurora Molitoris, Mental Health Counselor in Overland Park, KS

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

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

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

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate 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

While working in forensic mental health, I treated individuals who met the full DSM-V criteria for personality disorders; however, most individuals tend to only experience symptoms or traits related to a personality disorder. My focus is to bring clarity and acceptance to the issue and help the client see their problems more clearly. The goal is to empower one to enact change in their life trajectory.

— Micah Carlson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 Fort Lauderdale, FL

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