Personality Disorders Therapists in Phoenix, AZ

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Alex Levitan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Our providers specialize in anxiety and mood disorders; trauma and other stress-related disorders; personality disorders; and medication management.
Alex Levitan is the lead Psychologist and Clinical Director of Levitan & Associates Psychological Services where he is responsible for organizing and overseeing all providers and programs within the agency. Outside of his responsibilities with LAPS, Dr. Levitan also provides individual counseling, clinical and forensic evaluations, and psychological consultations for various nonprofit organizations including state and local hospitals, veterans’ health services, and the department of child safety. Alex is currently accepting new clients for his team of providers, contact his office today to request an appointment!
Our providers specialize in anxiety and mood disorders; trauma and other stress-related disorders; personality disorders; and medication management.
Alex Levitan is the lead Psychologist and Clinical Director of Levitan & Associates Psychological Services where he is responsible for organizing and overseeing all providers and programs within the agency. Outside of his responsibilities with LAPS, Dr. Levitan also provides individual counseling, clinical and forensic evaluations, and psychological consultations for various nonprofit organizations including state and local hospitals, veterans’ health services, and the department of child safety. Alex is currently accepting new clients for his team of providers, contact his office today to request an appointment!
(602) 584-7323 View (602) 584-7323
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Dr. Dylan Richard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85048  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in trauma/PTSD, sexuality and sexual concerns, LGBTQIA2S+ issues, ADHD, Alt-Sex and "Alternative" relationships, psychodiagnostic assessment/testing, and personality disorders (such as borderline personality disorder).
At this time I am not taking on new clients and will be suspending all clinical services starting on 7/26/24 due to moving. Once able to resume clinical services, I will update my profile to reflect this. I currently have no estimate of when I will be able to resume services.
I specialize in trauma/PTSD, sexuality and sexual concerns, LGBTQIA2S+ issues, ADHD, Alt-Sex and "Alternative" relationships, psychodiagnostic assessment/testing, and personality disorders (such as borderline personality disorder).
At this time I am not taking on new clients and will be suspending all clinical services starting on 7/26/24 due to moving. Once able to resume clinical services, I will update my profile to reflect this. I currently have no estimate of when I will be able to resume services.
(520) 523-4949 View (520) 523-4949
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Headway
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85004  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Bonnie and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I've been working in the field of mental health for over ten years now and have worked with a variety of complex issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and family dysfunction.
Hi, my name is Bonnie and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I've been working in the field of mental health for over ten years now and have worked with a variety of complex issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and family dysfunction.
(928) 236-2197 View (928) 236-2197
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Dynamic Counseling and Coaching Solutions
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAPC, LPC, CCTP, CAGSSAC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Our clinicians specialize in the treatment of a wide array of issues such as the effects of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, family conflict, life/career changes and much more.
At Dynamic Counseling and Coaching Solutions we believe whole people connecting with one another enhances the well-being of the family and the community. Similarly, people living and working together as whole communities will make the world better for all of us. Additionally, we all need places where we can speak without fear of judgement or rejection. When these needs are met, barriers to growth and well being can be removed. Our goal is to provide an environment that fosters the kind of individual growth that comes from intentional change by promoting health, healing and restoration.
Our clinicians specialize in the treatment of a wide array of issues such as the effects of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, family conflict, life/career changes and much more.
At Dynamic Counseling and Coaching Solutions we believe whole people connecting with one another enhances the well-being of the family and the community. Similarly, people living and working together as whole communities will make the world better for all of us. Additionally, we all need places where we can speak without fear of judgement or rejection. When these needs are met, barriers to growth and well being can be removed. Our goal is to provide an environment that fosters the kind of individual growth that comes from intentional change by promoting health, healing and restoration.
(602) 598-5373 View (602) 598-5373
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Vanessa Vann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85001
Have you found therapy unhelpful in the past? If you are looking for a change and a new approach, I can help. I have more than 20 years of experience helping individuals, couples and families overcome life's hurdles and feel fulfilled. I have a passion for helping individuals overcome PTSD, CPTSD, developmental, religious and other specific trauma. I have experience working with neurodivergent individuals, borderline, narcissistic and anti-social personalities, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, OCD, phobias, eating disorders, addiction, disassociation and chronic pain. I am passionate about LGBTQ+ and gender identity issues.
Have you found therapy unhelpful in the past? If you are looking for a change and a new approach, I can help. I have more than 20 years of experience helping individuals, couples and families overcome life's hurdles and feel fulfilled. I have a passion for helping individuals overcome PTSD, CPTSD, developmental, religious and other specific trauma. I have experience working with neurodivergent individuals, borderline, narcissistic and anti-social personalities, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, OCD, phobias, eating disorders, addiction, disassociation and chronic pain. I am passionate about LGBTQ+ and gender identity issues.
(520) 597-8042 View (520) 597-8042
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Jenna Fash
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85001  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals diagnosed personality disorders and dissociative disorders.
Fash Counseling is now offering Virtual Therapy to Arizona residents! I am passionate and dedicated in my role of walking alongside my clients in their journey towards growth. I view therapy as a collaborative process. This allows each person to identify and develop their own path in achieving their goals. I work to create a safe and empathic environment while building trust with my clients. I believe that each client brings their own, unique story to therapy and therefore my approach is tailored to meet each person's personality and goals.
I specialize in working with individuals diagnosed personality disorders and dissociative disorders.
Fash Counseling is now offering Virtual Therapy to Arizona residents! I am passionate and dedicated in my role of walking alongside my clients in their journey towards growth. I view therapy as a collaborative process. This allows each person to identify and develop their own path in achieving their goals. I work to create a safe and empathic environment while building trust with my clients. I believe that each client brings their own, unique story to therapy and therefore my approach is tailored to meet each person's personality and goals.
(520) 636-8776 View (520) 636-8776
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Tana Rae Carpita
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I have experience working with depression and other mood disorders, suicidality, anxiety, personality disorders, thought disorders and neurodiverse disorders.
Making the decision to seek help/enter counseling can be difficult, often with feelings of fear, overwhelm and discouragement. My approach is to first understand what drove the client to reach out for help, and then provide a comfortable space to discuss what they’d like to be different. Working together to identify treatment goals, and an approach, the client gains confidence in the process and hopefulness in a positive outcome. I provide individual, family and couple's therapy and work from a strength-based perspective and to understand the individual(s) in context of their environment, relationships, culture and experiences.
I have experience working with depression and other mood disorders, suicidality, anxiety, personality disorders, thought disorders and neurodiverse disorders.
Making the decision to seek help/enter counseling can be difficult, often with feelings of fear, overwhelm and discouragement. My approach is to first understand what drove the client to reach out for help, and then provide a comfortable space to discuss what they’d like to be different. Working together to identify treatment goals, and an approach, the client gains confidence in the process and hopefulness in a positive outcome. I provide individual, family and couple's therapy and work from a strength-based perspective and to understand the individual(s) in context of their environment, relationships, culture and experiences.
(425) 517-1016 View (425) 517-1016
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Nicole Crist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85013
I'm passionate about helping individuals to discover their authentic selves and align with their core values. If you're grappling with emotional uncertainty or finding it difficult to connect with your feelings, therapy offers a transformative path forward. Through our collaborative efforts, we can reignite your sense of self and purpose, restoring joy to your life. By prioritizing self-care and allowing yourself the time to heal, the potential for growth is boundless. I'm here to provide support and accountability as you pursue your goals.
I'm passionate about helping individuals to discover their authentic selves and align with their core values. If you're grappling with emotional uncertainty or finding it difficult to connect with your feelings, therapy offers a transformative path forward. Through our collaborative efforts, we can reignite your sense of self and purpose, restoring joy to your life. By prioritizing self-care and allowing yourself the time to heal, the potential for growth is boundless. I'm here to provide support and accountability as you pursue your goals.
(602) 932-2762 View (602) 932-2762
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Alexandra House
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85024
I specialize in the treatment of Trauma, Narcissistic Abuse, Depression, and Anxiety. I know firsthand how these issues can affect our lives, and I've dedicated mine to guiding others to healing and safety. Everyone deserves help & no one should go through it alone. I've found that our traumas are at the root of most of the issues holding us back from realizing our full potential, and I've spent my career searching out the leading edge methods of trauma healing, including EMDR. Check out our website ArisehealingCenters.com my free videos that highlight my specialties.
I specialize in the treatment of Trauma, Narcissistic Abuse, Depression, and Anxiety. I know firsthand how these issues can affect our lives, and I've dedicated mine to guiding others to healing and safety. Everyone deserves help & no one should go through it alone. I've found that our traumas are at the root of most of the issues holding us back from realizing our full potential, and I've spent my career searching out the leading edge methods of trauma healing, including EMDR. Check out our website ArisehealingCenters.com my free videos that highlight my specialties.
(602) 737-1648 View (602) 737-1648
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Morgan Musick
Counselor, MS, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I love working with a variety of populations including body image struggles, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ Autism, LGBTQ+ populations, personality disorders, and ethical non-monogamy.
My name is Morgan (She/They), I hold a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I strive to empower clients to progress towards their goals, and am passionate about providing client-centered care tailored to the needs of the individual while cultivating a safe therapeutic environment. While I love serving a wide variety of populations. As a queer individual, I am very passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ community and addressing LGBTQ+ issues in therapy and advocating for trans, queer, and gender affirming care.
I love working with a variety of populations including body image struggles, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ Autism, LGBTQ+ populations, personality disorders, and ethical non-monogamy.
My name is Morgan (She/They), I hold a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I strive to empower clients to progress towards their goals, and am passionate about providing client-centered care tailored to the needs of the individual while cultivating a safe therapeutic environment. While I love serving a wide variety of populations. As a queer individual, I am very passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ community and addressing LGBTQ+ issues in therapy and advocating for trans, queer, and gender affirming care.
(602) 962-7539 View (602) 962-7539
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Lisa Ruelas
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85027
I enjoy using different therapy modalities to target depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, personality disorders, life transitions, and different forms of abuse.
Sit back, relax and let's get comfy! My counseling style is like a cozy couch, non-judgy, super empathetic, with lots of smiles and laughs. I strive to create a safe space where you feel heard and understood. I am committed to taking part of the journey with each client, I am here to listen with an open heart and mind. Being a mother of 4, gives me a unique perspective on life’s challenges. I believe even through the toughest times anyone is capable of unlocking new levels of fulfillment, purpose and true happiness. You have what it takes to conquer life's hurdles! Together we'll navigate this journey towards a brighter future.
I enjoy using different therapy modalities to target depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, personality disorders, life transitions, and different forms of abuse.
Sit back, relax and let's get comfy! My counseling style is like a cozy couch, non-judgy, super empathetic, with lots of smiles and laughs. I strive to create a safe space where you feel heard and understood. I am committed to taking part of the journey with each client, I am here to listen with an open heart and mind. Being a mother of 4, gives me a unique perspective on life’s challenges. I believe even through the toughest times anyone is capable of unlocking new levels of fulfillment, purpose and true happiness. You have what it takes to conquer life's hurdles! Together we'll navigate this journey towards a brighter future.
(623) 303-4803 View (623) 303-4803
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SpaTherapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Not accepting new clients
Hello, my name is Jamila Johnson, MA, LPC, NCC. I am an independently licensed clinical therapist with SpaTherapy. As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, I provide comprehensive counseling, diagnosis and treatment for mood and personality disorders, anxiety and trauma, substance abuse and life coaching, career counseling and life skills for adults. I also work with individuals in need of parenting, domestic violence, anger management, and self-esteem counseling.
Hello, my name is Jamila Johnson, MA, LPC, NCC. I am an independently licensed clinical therapist with SpaTherapy. As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, I provide comprehensive counseling, diagnosis and treatment for mood and personality disorders, anxiety and trauma, substance abuse and life coaching, career counseling and life skills for adults. I also work with individuals in need of parenting, domestic violence, anger management, and self-esteem counseling.
(623) 292-3676 View (623) 292-3676
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Kailey Beth Shelburn
Counselor, MA, LAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
I specialize working with eating disorders, body image, personality disorders, and trauma/PTSD.
Do you feel stuck, anxious, out of control, or depressed? Would you like to find relief from isolating circumstances or traumatic experiences? I am an advocate for you. I am here to listen and create a tailored approach that best fits your story and healing journey. My intention is for you to find hope, freedom, and direction through effective counseling. Accepting new clients.
I specialize working with eating disorders, body image, personality disorders, and trauma/PTSD.
Do you feel stuck, anxious, out of control, or depressed? Would you like to find relief from isolating circumstances or traumatic experiences? I am an advocate for you. I am here to listen and create a tailored approach that best fits your story and healing journey. My intention is for you to find hope, freedom, and direction through effective counseling. Accepting new clients.
(928) 842-8511 View (928) 842-8511
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Doug Malm
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I am truly sorry for any pain you may be feeling. As a compassionate and caring therapist, I understand the deep hurt and confusion that life can bring. My empathetic approach is designed to provide a safe and supportive space where you can heal and center yourself. I specialize in providing treatment for relationship problems, dating, divorce, loneliness, depression, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma, emotional overwhelm, being overweight, and coping with fear and avoidance. I also aid in healing the overwhelm and uncertainty of gaslighting or emotional abuse inflicted by narcissistic, domineering or controlling others.
I am truly sorry for any pain you may be feeling. As a compassionate and caring therapist, I understand the deep hurt and confusion that life can bring. My empathetic approach is designed to provide a safe and supportive space where you can heal and center yourself. I specialize in providing treatment for relationship problems, dating, divorce, loneliness, depression, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma, emotional overwhelm, being overweight, and coping with fear and avoidance. I also aid in healing the overwhelm and uncertainty of gaslighting or emotional abuse inflicted by narcissistic, domineering or controlling others.
(480) 409-2454 View (480) 409-2454
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Melissa Joy Hahnke
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Waitlist for new clients
Melissa has experience providing support for a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, traumatic history, relationship concerns, family conflict, phase-of-life concerns, discrimination, bullying, substance use, chronic illness, grief, ADHD, OCD, and autism.
As an autistic person herself, Melissa is passionate about working with neurodivergent individuals and operates from a neuroaffirmative lens. Melissa prioritizes collaboration in the therapeutic process, believing that each person is the expert of their life–every person is different, with a unique set of lived experiences, identities, and perspectives, so she believes that treatment should be unique to each person, too. Treatment involves community and self-advocacy, incorporating intersectional cultural identities, supporting clients’ personal treatment goals, fostering self-compassion, and building community support.
Melissa has experience providing support for a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, traumatic history, relationship concerns, family conflict, phase-of-life concerns, discrimination, bullying, substance use, chronic illness, grief, ADHD, OCD, and autism.
As an autistic person herself, Melissa is passionate about working with neurodivergent individuals and operates from a neuroaffirmative lens. Melissa prioritizes collaboration in the therapeutic process, believing that each person is the expert of their life–every person is different, with a unique set of lived experiences, identities, and perspectives, so she believes that treatment should be unique to each person, too. Treatment involves community and self-advocacy, incorporating intersectional cultural identities, supporting clients’ personal treatment goals, fostering self-compassion, and building community support.
(602) 609-5954 View (602) 609-5954
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Carmen Caruso
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016
You’re wrong again! Or at least thats what you’ve been told over & over again, to the point that your brain feels like its floating in acid water, slowing dissolving your ability to perceive any given situation, event or memory of a conversation accurately. You don’t recall having problems with memory or perception before this relationship. You’re struggling to make sense of every day things. This is just one of the effects of narcissistic abuse. It's called gaslighting, it's an insidious tool used to erode your ability to perceive reality and its also one of the most common tools used by a narcissist to control and manipulate you.
You’re wrong again! Or at least thats what you’ve been told over & over again, to the point that your brain feels like its floating in acid water, slowing dissolving your ability to perceive any given situation, event or memory of a conversation accurately. You don’t recall having problems with memory or perception before this relationship. You’re struggling to make sense of every day things. This is just one of the effects of narcissistic abuse. It's called gaslighting, it's an insidious tool used to erode your ability to perceive reality and its also one of the most common tools used by a narcissist to control and manipulate you.
(480) 405-0596 View (480) 405-0596
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Meliora Counseling & Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85051
We treat Child/Adolescent Behavioral Concerns, Self-harm behaviors, ADHD,Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTS, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder Perinatal Depression, Eating Disorders, Self esteem issues, Gender identity and Body Dysmorphia
We treat Child/Adolescent Behavioral Concerns, Self-harm behaviors, ADHD,Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTS, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder Perinatal Depression, Eating Disorders, Self esteem issues, Gender identity and Body Dysmorphia
(623) 343-2390 View (623) 343-2390
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Shawn Foltz Emmons
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85014
I enjoy doing all types of therapy for all different issues to include depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use and abuse, health and wellness, grief, trauma, parental alienation, developmental challenges, autism spectrum disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, codependency, work stress and relationship conflict. I work with people to identify treatment goals and create a treatment regimen that fits their needs which includes psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, behavior modification, interpersonal therapy, sport psychology and coaching.
I enjoy doing all types of therapy for all different issues to include depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use and abuse, health and wellness, grief, trauma, parental alienation, developmental challenges, autism spectrum disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, codependency, work stress and relationship conflict. I work with people to identify treatment goals and create a treatment regimen that fits their needs which includes psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, behavior modification, interpersonal therapy, sport psychology and coaching.
(480) 207-3432 View (480) 207-3432
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Julie Karnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Beyond areas of focus listed, my scope of practice also includes the following: mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, blended families, grief, body image, GLBTQ, sexual acting out, and stress management.
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and completed my undergraduate work at Arizona State University. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Family Resources and Human Development and a minor in Psychology. I then moved to Washington, where I practiced social work with at-risk preschoolers, teens and families for approximately three years prior to pursuing my Master's degree. I obtained my Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University with a specialization in Child Welfare and have been serving children and families since 1999. I am currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Arizona.
Beyond areas of focus listed, my scope of practice also includes the following: mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, blended families, grief, body image, GLBTQ, sexual acting out, and stress management.
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and completed my undergraduate work at Arizona State University. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Family Resources and Human Development and a minor in Psychology. I then moved to Washington, where I practiced social work with at-risk preschoolers, teens and families for approximately three years prior to pursuing my Master's degree. I obtained my Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University with a specialization in Child Welfare and have been serving children and families since 1999. I am currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Arizona.
(602) 497-3519 View (602) 497-3519
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Cristina Morue
Licensed Professional Counselor, MC, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85086
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have experience working with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, personality disorders, interpersonal issues, trauma, impulsive behaviors and relationship issues.
Making healthy changes in life can be difficult when experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, job stressors, and other challenges. I believe in taking a non judgmental approach, while providing a caring and safe therapeutic environment. My goal at True Self Counseling is to help you gain a new perspective and provide you with skills to help you move forward in life.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have experience working with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, personality disorders, interpersonal issues, trauma, impulsive behaviors and relationship issues.
Making healthy changes in life can be difficult when experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, job stressors, and other challenges. I believe in taking a non judgmental approach, while providing a caring and safe therapeutic environment. My goal at True Self Counseling is to help you gain a new perspective and provide you with skills to help you move forward in life.
(928) 272-3953 View (928) 272-3953
Personality Disorders Therapists

What are the common treatment options for personality disorders?

Personality disorders are typically treated with psychotherapy, sometimes in conjunction with medication. Therapy can help people with personality disorders develop skills to tolerate difficult emotions, navigate interpersonal relationships, and solidify their sense of self. Medications can treat symptoms that co-occur with the disorder, such as depression, anger, aggression, and impulsivity.

When to seek treatment for personality disorders?

Even though treatment for personality disorders can be an uphill battle, it’s best to seek help if you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with one, because personality disorders can create substantial problems in life. Symptoms depend on the specific disorder, but overall signs of personality disorders include consistent difficulty maintaining close relationships, dramatic variations in self-esteem, and an unstable sense of identity.

How long does therapy take for personality disorders?

The timeline for treating personality disorders isn’t as clear-cut as it is for other disorders. Change can be difficult, taking from around one year to five, 10, or more. The key is finding a therapist who has extensive experience treating the relevant disorder. For example, a psychologist who specializes in narcissistic personality disorder has specific communication strategies that allow them to sustain the relationship and be more effective with narcissistic patients.

Can therapy help people with personality disorders?

Research suggests that for those who are motivated to address concerns or interpersonal conflict related to a personality disorder, therapy is far more effective than no treatment, and that most people in therapy see improvements. However, since personality disorders involve entrenched elements of identity, they are less responsive to treatment than are other mental health conditions. Finding an expert who has extensive experience working with a given personality disorder is one factor that increases the likelihood of successful treatment.