Personality Disorders Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Elinor Bawnik, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90016  (Online Only)
​I work towards supporting my clients in developing insights, overcome obstacles, and uncovering the version of themselves they seek to find. I understand that in the face of challenges, this becomes an incredibly daunting task. I offer a non-judgmental and compassionate space for clients to feel heard and understood. I work with individuals, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, OCD, personality disorders, relationship issues, and life transitions. I utilize DBT, CBT and ACT along with Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems approaches, incorporating behavioral techniques as needed.
​I work towards supporting my clients in developing insights, overcome obstacles, and uncovering the version of themselves they seek to find. I understand that in the face of challenges, this becomes an incredibly daunting task. I offer a non-judgmental and compassionate space for clients to feel heard and understood. I work with individuals, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, OCD, personality disorders, relationship issues, and life transitions. I utilize DBT, CBT and ACT along with Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems approaches, incorporating behavioral techniques as needed.
(323) 765-3872 View (323) 765-3872
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Bita Rahbar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
I am a clinical psychologist working in private practice for over two decades. My practice welcomes adolescents and adults seeking help for a variety of issues. While I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship, and adjustment issues, I maintain a specialty in eating disorders and personality disorders. I have worked in a number of treatment settings including inpatient and intensive outpatient programs. I worked as the Associate Director of the UCLA Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorders Program before starting my private practice.
I am a clinical psychologist working in private practice for over two decades. My practice welcomes adolescents and adults seeking help for a variety of issues. While I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship, and adjustment issues, I maintain a specialty in eating disorders and personality disorders. I have worked in a number of treatment settings including inpatient and intensive outpatient programs. I worked as the Associate Director of the UCLA Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorders Program before starting my private practice.
(310) 928-9568 View (310) 928-9568
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Kristin L Walker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
At PEAKPsychLA, I specialize in suicide prevention, mood disorders, and personality disorders (including Borderline PD and Narcissistic PD).
Hello! I am a Licensed Psychologist and the founder of PEAKPsychLA - a private psychotherapy practice in Westwood near UCLA. I work with teenagers, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, intense or overwhelming emotions, and alcohol/drug misuse. I also work with people living with major mood disorders and personality disorders. If you are struggling with any of these experiences, want to feel better, and are looking for someone you can trust to help, I provide individual therapy, couples, and/or family therapy, in person and via remote telehealth services.
At PEAKPsychLA, I specialize in suicide prevention, mood disorders, and personality disorders (including Borderline PD and Narcissistic PD).
Hello! I am a Licensed Psychologist and the founder of PEAKPsychLA - a private psychotherapy practice in Westwood near UCLA. I work with teenagers, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, intense or overwhelming emotions, and alcohol/drug misuse. I also work with people living with major mood disorders and personality disorders. If you are struggling with any of these experiences, want to feel better, and are looking for someone you can trust to help, I provide individual therapy, couples, and/or family therapy, in person and via remote telehealth services.
(310) 340-0360 View (310) 340-0360
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Shawn Redfield
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90036
I am very comfortable working with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, OCD, and personality disorders.
My name is Shawn Redfield. I am an LMFT. I believe change happens in therapy through learning and experiencing new ways to respond to challenges in our lives such as emotions, thoughts, pain, family, or spouses. The majority of my training is in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is an evidenced-based approach that I've found aligns with my own life and has helped the majority of individuals I've worked with. I also am experienced in treatment using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
I am very comfortable working with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, OCD, and personality disorders.
My name is Shawn Redfield. I am an LMFT. I believe change happens in therapy through learning and experiencing new ways to respond to challenges in our lives such as emotions, thoughts, pain, family, or spouses. The majority of my training is in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is an evidenced-based approach that I've found aligns with my own life and has helped the majority of individuals I've worked with. I also am experienced in treatment using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
(310) 861-9217 View (310) 861-9217
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Lacey Palmer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90047
I specialize in both childhood and adult trauma, personality disorders (for both the diagnosed individual or their loved ones learning to navigate this diagnosis), mood disorders, and self-directed harm including suicidal ideation.
I completed the Ph.D. program in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law with an emphasis on Criminal Behavior under the umbrella of Forensic Psychology in March 2023, which has increased insight and awareness of the intersection between mental health and criminal justice systems. Additionally, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Mindfulness, I am a certified Personality Disorder Provider (C-PD) and Chemical Dependency Specialist (CDS), and I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.
I specialize in both childhood and adult trauma, personality disorders (for both the diagnosed individual or their loved ones learning to navigate this diagnosis), mood disorders, and self-directed harm including suicidal ideation.
I completed the Ph.D. program in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law with an emphasis on Criminal Behavior under the umbrella of Forensic Psychology in March 2023, which has increased insight and awareness of the intersection between mental health and criminal justice systems. Additionally, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Mindfulness, I am a certified Personality Disorder Provider (C-PD) and Chemical Dependency Specialist (CDS), and I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.
(951) 467-4894 View (951) 467-4894
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Ashley Dawn Newman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
The pressures of the modern world seem never ending, particularly when you deal with an untreated or difficult to treat mental health or substance use issue. I specialize in certain mental health diagnoses including personality disorders, postpartum issues, depression/anxiety, self harm/suicidal ideation. I am prepared to assist you in offering helpful coping strategies, understanding the psychology behind your experiences/symptoms, processing feelings and thoughts, and gaining better traction on your life.
The pressures of the modern world seem never ending, particularly when you deal with an untreated or difficult to treat mental health or substance use issue. I specialize in certain mental health diagnoses including personality disorders, postpartum issues, depression/anxiety, self harm/suicidal ideation. I am prepared to assist you in offering helpful coping strategies, understanding the psychology behind your experiences/symptoms, processing feelings and thoughts, and gaining better traction on your life.
(909) 362-8213 View (909) 362-8213
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Hannah Schaler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I am a trained LMFT and art therapist with experience treating trauma, neurodivergence, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
Being a human these days is hard, and even more so when you get into complicated dynamics with your relationships, job, or family. Perhaps it's all feeling like too much? Or maybe you have a hunch that you can live a fuller life? Reaching out to a therapist does not mean that you are broken; it means that you are ready to evolve. With my background in art and extensive therapeutic training, I offer a dynamic healing experience that addresses old patterns in both mind and body. I can provide a supportive and creative space for you to explore yourself, practice relational skills, and grow into a life that you truly want to be living.
I am a trained LMFT and art therapist with experience treating trauma, neurodivergence, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
Being a human these days is hard, and even more so when you get into complicated dynamics with your relationships, job, or family. Perhaps it's all feeling like too much? Or maybe you have a hunch that you can live a fuller life? Reaching out to a therapist does not mean that you are broken; it means that you are ready to evolve. With my background in art and extensive therapeutic training, I offer a dynamic healing experience that addresses old patterns in both mind and body. I can provide a supportive and creative space for you to explore yourself, practice relational skills, and grow into a life that you truly want to be living.
(424) 283-9321 View (424) 283-9321
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Alex J. Russan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90028
In addition to private practice, I have experience in intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment settings, and work with diverse clients with a wide range of experiences, including anxiety, depression, OCD, borderline and narcissistic personality disorders, addictions, relational difficulties, and with those recovering from profound traumas.
Welcome. I see adults, adolescents and couples for psychotherapy. I work from a psychoanalytic/dynamic perspective, creating an empathetic and supportive environment to help clients navigate the complexities of their inner worlds, discovering new understandings of themselves and their lives, to find more satisfying ways of living, being and interacting with others.
In addition to private practice, I have experience in intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment settings, and work with diverse clients with a wide range of experiences, including anxiety, depression, OCD, borderline and narcissistic personality disorders, addictions, relational difficulties, and with those recovering from profound traumas.
Welcome. I see adults, adolescents and couples for psychotherapy. I work from a psychoanalytic/dynamic perspective, creating an empathetic and supportive environment to help clients navigate the complexities of their inner worlds, discovering new understandings of themselves and their lives, to find more satisfying ways of living, being and interacting with others.
(323) 792-1835 View (323) 792-1835
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QGB Therapy LLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90001
At QGB Therapy LLC, Dr. Bailey and associates specialize in offering culturally humble treatment for those navigating personality disorders, severe dissociative disorders, and survivors of childhood or attachment-based trauma. Their approach is non-directive and grounded in the belief that we are all capable of healing when we feel safe and understood within ourselves and by others.
At QGB Therapy LLC, Dr. Bailey and associates specialize in offering culturally humble treatment for those navigating personality disorders, severe dissociative disorders, and survivors of childhood or attachment-based trauma. Their approach is non-directive and grounded in the belief that we are all capable of healing when we feel safe and understood within ourselves and by others.
(415) 358-6727 View (415) 358-6727
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Asher I Johnson PhD Prof Corp Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
If you struggle with anger management, sexual aggression, sex/pornography addiction, poor self-regulation/impulse control, anxiety, depression, trauma, antisocial, narcissistic, and psychopathic/sociopathic personalities, in need of a forensic psychological evaluation or testing, have a criminal record and/or required to register as a sex offender, have adult ADHD, difficulty with maintaining healthy relationships, low self-esteem, problems with healthy masculine expression, then you have found someone with the expertise, ability, and willingness to help.
If you struggle with anger management, sexual aggression, sex/pornography addiction, poor self-regulation/impulse control, anxiety, depression, trauma, antisocial, narcissistic, and psychopathic/sociopathic personalities, in need of a forensic psychological evaluation or testing, have a criminal record and/or required to register as a sex offender, have adult ADHD, difficulty with maintaining healthy relationships, low self-esteem, problems with healthy masculine expression, then you have found someone with the expertise, ability, and willingness to help.
(619) 815-8501 View (619) 815-8501
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Kristen Sherman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90061  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in Mood disorders, ADHD, Substance use, and personality disorders.
Do you often feel overwhelmed, anxious, or hopeless? Do you struggle with finishing small tasks, getting out of bed, or freeze and can't get anything done?
I specialize in Mood disorders, ADHD, Substance use, and personality disorders.
Do you often feel overwhelmed, anxious, or hopeless? Do you struggle with finishing small tasks, getting out of bed, or freeze and can't get anything done?
(310) 987-4873 View (310) 987-4873
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Dr. Priscilla Psy.D. LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
With training, and experience in Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Personality Disorders, and more… We will work collaboratively using a solution focus approach to achieve your treatment goals.
I enjoy working with individuals and families, helping them to be the best version of themselves. I am dedicated to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. If you desire to be in control of your mental, physical, emotional, and financial well-being... Let's work together to set and achieve goals, build healthy coping skills, and develop practical solutions that can empower you in your daily living. My Motto: Be the “BOSS” of your life, so you can be the best version of yourself.
With training, and experience in Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Personality Disorders, and more… We will work collaboratively using a solution focus approach to achieve your treatment goals.
I enjoy working with individuals and families, helping them to be the best version of themselves. I am dedicated to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. If you desire to be in control of your mental, physical, emotional, and financial well-being... Let's work together to set and achieve goals, build healthy coping skills, and develop practical solutions that can empower you in your daily living. My Motto: Be the “BOSS” of your life, so you can be the best version of yourself.
(310) 878-0796 View (310) 878-0796
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Heidi Woerner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90042
My experience encompasses working with all ages in private practice, as well as working in higher levels of care, including detox, residential, and intensive outpatient services. I have worked closely with addiction, trauma, personality disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. My approach is warm and nurturing, utilizing psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and DBT skills. I apply a polyvagal perspective to assist my clients in understanding the physiological symptoms that often accompany trauma and anxiety.
My experience encompasses working with all ages in private practice, as well as working in higher levels of care, including detox, residential, and intensive outpatient services. I have worked closely with addiction, trauma, personality disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. My approach is warm and nurturing, utilizing psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and DBT skills. I apply a polyvagal perspective to assist my clients in understanding the physiological symptoms that often accompany trauma and anxiety.
(323) 451-5052 View (323) 451-5052
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Andy Dean
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP-CN
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I assess various conditions including ADHD, traumatic brain injury, memory problems/ dementia, substance use and personality disorders.
Do you suspect that you have ADHD? Do you or a loved one have problems with memory or thinking as a result of an injury or medical condition? I conduct psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to investigate these issues. I am a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist (ABPP-CN) who has been conducting neuropsychological evaluations for over 15 years. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide proper diagnosis and individually-tailored treatment recommendations.
I assess various conditions including ADHD, traumatic brain injury, memory problems/ dementia, substance use and personality disorders.
Do you suspect that you have ADHD? Do you or a loved one have problems with memory or thinking as a result of an injury or medical condition? I conduct psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to investigate these issues. I am a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist (ABPP-CN) who has been conducting neuropsychological evaluations for over 15 years. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide proper diagnosis and individually-tailored treatment recommendations.
(424) 232-0717 View (424) 232-0717
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Carla Litto
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066
I help people build healthy relationships, work through painful break-ups, improve their social interactions and reduce their anxiety. If you are looking for clarity on your situation, struggling in a difficult relationship, worrying a great deal about upsetting others, feeling confused or overwhelmed, I can help. Particularly, if you or someone in your life identifies with traits of Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder, I can help you cope, whether it's you or your loved one suffering from these symptoms.
I help people build healthy relationships, work through painful break-ups, improve their social interactions and reduce their anxiety. If you are looking for clarity on your situation, struggling in a difficult relationship, worrying a great deal about upsetting others, feeling confused or overwhelmed, I can help. Particularly, if you or someone in your life identifies with traits of Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder, I can help you cope, whether it's you or your loved one suffering from these symptoms.
(424) 329-5553 View (424) 329-5553
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Dr. Maria del Carmen Gutierrez
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
I help clients with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, parenting, personality disorders, PTSD, recent immigrants, adjustment, domestic violence and childhood trauma.
Would you like to have a better relationship with yourself and with your body? I take a depth-oriented approach to helping you resolve early trauma, release shame, and develop a more secure way of relating to yourself and to others. The more deeply you understand yourself, the more you will be empowered to make healthier choices and live more present in the moment. I believe it is possible to connect to the joy in your life. As we work together in therapy, I will help you connect with your emotions, so they stop affecting your body, behavior, and relationships.
I help clients with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, parenting, personality disorders, PTSD, recent immigrants, adjustment, domestic violence and childhood trauma.
Would you like to have a better relationship with yourself and with your body? I take a depth-oriented approach to helping you resolve early trauma, release shame, and develop a more secure way of relating to yourself and to others. The more deeply you understand yourself, the more you will be empowered to make healthier choices and live more present in the moment. I believe it is possible to connect to the joy in your life. As we work together in therapy, I will help you connect with your emotions, so they stop affecting your body, behavior, and relationships.
(323) 616-1717 View (323) 616-1717
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Kathlynn Gates
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I have experience working with individuals who struggle with issues stemming from substance abuse, LGBTQIA+ issues, and personality disorders.
Are you experiencing challenges dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues, and trauma/PTSD? Due to these symptoms, we can be in too much emotional pain and feel too stuck to reframe our perceptions or to find solutions to our problems. Childhood or recent trauma can cause emotional distress that can be difficult to process. I am here to support you in working through unresolved trauma and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
I have experience working with individuals who struggle with issues stemming from substance abuse, LGBTQIA+ issues, and personality disorders.
Are you experiencing challenges dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues, and trauma/PTSD? Due to these symptoms, we can be in too much emotional pain and feel too stuck to reframe our perceptions or to find solutions to our problems. Childhood or recent trauma can cause emotional distress that can be difficult to process. I am here to support you in working through unresolved trauma and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
(310) 861-6823 View (310) 861-6823
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Lauren Blalock
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Are you struggling with a traumatic experience, unsure how to resolve its effect on your life? Looking to improve a relationship? Maybe, you’re experiencing codependency, or narcissistic abuse, and making sense of it all seems overwhelming. Have you noticed an increase in anxiety? Or perhaps, you simply want to make a change, so you're exploring why you think and behave as you do. People seek therapy for many reasons, but almost everyone does so to relieve some kind of pain. I believe relief and healing can be found through our work together, so you can experience your more ideal life.
Are you struggling with a traumatic experience, unsure how to resolve its effect on your life? Looking to improve a relationship? Maybe, you’re experiencing codependency, or narcissistic abuse, and making sense of it all seems overwhelming. Have you noticed an increase in anxiety? Or perhaps, you simply want to make a change, so you're exploring why you think and behave as you do. People seek therapy for many reasons, but almost everyone does so to relieve some kind of pain. I believe relief and healing can be found through our work together, so you can experience your more ideal life.
(213) 277-6395 View (213) 277-6395
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Catherine Speckmann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90063
I am comfortable and have experience treating Addictions, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss, LGBTQIA+ Populations, Mood Disorders, Self-harm, Trauma and PTSD.
My name is Catherine, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist with a solid background working with clients that are experiencing Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, and Grief Issues. I accept clients at all stages of the lifespan from 12 and up. My approach is client-centered and focused on empowerment. I use a strength-based philosophy and feel that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance. I use Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies to improve coping strategies. I meet my clients where they are and assist them to get to where they want to be.
I am comfortable and have experience treating Addictions, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss, LGBTQIA+ Populations, Mood Disorders, Self-harm, Trauma and PTSD.
My name is Catherine, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist with a solid background working with clients that are experiencing Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, and Grief Issues. I accept clients at all stages of the lifespan from 12 and up. My approach is client-centered and focused on empowerment. I use a strength-based philosophy and feel that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance. I use Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies to improve coping strategies. I meet my clients where they are and assist them to get to where they want to be.
(323) 529-0964 View (323) 529-0964
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Lawrence Marcucci
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
I have significant clinical experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Incarcerated populations, ADHD, as an ally for LGBTQ+ populations, Inpatient facilities addressing Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviors, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Psychosis, OCD, and Personality Disorders.
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do, or think the way that you think? Or have you been feeling stuck in a feeling and want to make a change? I do my very best to create a safe space for my patients and make authentic observations about lifestyle, thinking patterns, relationship/attachment styles, and clinical symptoms so that you can understand yourself better. Sometimes starting therapy with a new clinician can be a challenging and/or intimidating process, and I try to be as realistic as possible. I also understand that no one is perfect, and I come from a person-centered non-judgmental approach to therapy.
I have significant clinical experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Incarcerated populations, ADHD, as an ally for LGBTQ+ populations, Inpatient facilities addressing Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviors, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Psychosis, OCD, and Personality Disorders.
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do, or think the way that you think? Or have you been feeling stuck in a feeling and want to make a change? I do my very best to create a safe space for my patients and make authentic observations about lifestyle, thinking patterns, relationship/attachment styles, and clinical symptoms so that you can understand yourself better. Sometimes starting therapy with a new clinician can be a challenging and/or intimidating process, and I try to be as realistic as possible. I also understand that no one is perfect, and I come from a person-centered non-judgmental approach to therapy.
(424) 400-8906 View (424) 400-8906

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.