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 specialize in working with those who live with Borderline Personality Disorder by using DBT techniques and strategies to help you identify your authentic self.

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

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

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

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 been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), where I can target areas to help others consciously gain perspective towards themselves.

— Darcy Barillas, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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