Borderline Personality (BPD) Therapists in Petaluma, CA

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M Patricia Graef
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Whatever is troubling you, anxiety or depression, a personal crisis or loss, difficulties with a partner or concern about a child's behavior - relief is possible. I work with individuals, children, teens, adults, couples and families, and treat a wide range of the human experience, including anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, panic attacks, borderline personality disorder, bi-polar conditions and anger management. My approach is character analytic which offers an opportunity for clients to experience a wider range of feelings, resulting in more energy and an ability to move through life's difficulties and experience life's pleasures.
(510) 455-7136
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Jordan A. Gonzales
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My clinical approach is strength-based, culturally humble, and trauma-informed. I believe therapy is a partnership during which we work collaboratively in a non-judgmental space to meet your needs and treatment goals. My primary experience has been working with individuals with anxiety, depression, substance-use disorders, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and other challenges related to life transitions and trauma across the lifespan. I primarily utilize a DBT or ACT-based art therapy approach with a critical social justice lens and have significant experience implementing this approach with resilient adolescents.
(707) 602-3867
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Petaluma, CA 94954
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Lisa Wolper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SAP
Verified
Verified
Do you feel overwhelmed with your moods and thoughts? Are sadness and loneliness taking up too much of your day? Are you struggling with a recent loss or some ancient family history that you just can't seem to shake? Does your life feel flat or in a state of agitation? These are just some of the ways depression can show up in your life. If left untreated, depression can take a tremendous toll on your physical health and emotional well being. But there is help out there. You don't have to go through this alone.
(707) 524-8864
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Ann Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Our family-of-origin experiences teach us how to be with others when we are adolescents and adults. As we grow, we develop our coping and communication styles. However, later we may find that some of those early strategies no longer serve us, or that we were misguided, or we find that our choices backfired - which can make navigating the world at times scary and overwhelming. Whether you survived a childhood or other trauma, or were thrown off balance when life took you in unexpected, painful directions, it can be useful to examine your current coping skills and relationships, and determine whether any of your tools need updating.
(707) 210-0527
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Petaluma, CA 94954
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Gretchen Kishbaugh
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I work with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, couples, and family therapy, play therapy, and parenting consultation. If you're looking for a safe and supportive place in which to explore your concerns, I offer careful listening and collaborative engagement in the service of working toward your goals. People seek psychotherapy for many reasons. Some want help with specific problems such as depression, relationship conflict, or concern about a child. Others feel stuck in problematic patterns that cause emotional distress, interfere with their ability to connect with others, or hinder their ability to find fulfillment in life.
(707) 518-6142
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Rolanda R Bradshaw
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Attending therapy can be incredibly powerful. And sometimes it can be scary. That’s why I strive to create an emotionally safe and supportive environment. My goal is to help you feel validated and understood, as you work through complex and difficult emotions. I have over 15 years of experience working with people dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, emotional regulation issues, low self-esteem, chronic mental illness, and racism. I've also provided treatment in a variety of settings, including county systems, community mental health, and an intensive outpatient program.
(707) 691-0754
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Petaluma, CA 94954
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Winchell Quan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I believe how we perceive and response to daily interactions effects the relationship with ourselves and others. These moments, whether you are experiencing joy or discomfort are opportunities for personal growth; practicing kindness and compassion to all. I assist clients with learning and practicing mindfulness; paying attention to the present moment, enabling them to see clearly what is needed in the moment to make wise choices. These choices and actions will help them overcome the obstacles keeping them from the life they seek.
(707) 901-7996
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Richard Lesch
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience providing psychotherapy and consultation. I can be helpful if you are experiencing a long-standing problem or facing an acute crisis. My patients have told me that my style is interactive and supportive. They report that our work together has been helpful in "loosening the grip" of troublesome life patterns or conflicts. I have experience working with a broad range of psychological problems, but I have particular interest and expertise working with 1) adults with anxiety and depression, 2) stress, 3) difficulties in relationships.
(707) 207-8218
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Stephanie Disney
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Perhaps you'd like to know why you are experiencing the struggles or feelings you're having. Maybe there's a deeper reason and you'd like someone to guide you to understanding what this means. You'd like to know this doesn't mean you're 'crazy' but that you're a rare soul on an important journey. Let's figure it out together.
(707) 820-2628
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Petaluma, CA 94952
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Petaluma Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
If you are experiencing depression, or are overwhelmed with anxiety...if you are unable to stop destructive behaviors or make the changes that you desire...if you feel a sense of unrest or emptiness or are caught in negative patterns in your relationships, counseling is a very effective way to help you create the change you are seeking. Our therapists work to create a safe space where you can explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are distressing or overwhelming.
(707) 240-4830
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Claudia Ann Viadro
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a warm, compassionate and engaged therapist. We can work short or long term but healing trauma can take some time. I use Internal Family systems and EMDR to help heal deep core wounds and release burdens that have been carried in one's system, often for a lifetime. The work is experiential and can be truly transformative. I work with individuals, families and couples. I work well with couples committed to deep work who seek true intimacy.
(707) 605-1651
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Petaluma, CA 94952
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Nicolette Gottuso
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SUDCC
Verified
Verified
Are you an adolescent or an adult struggling with codependency, shame, attachment issues? Do you attach to other things such as substances, unhealthy relationships, food, negative feedback loops? Is your goal is to increase self esteem, personal boundaries and overall mental health while doing so creatively and experientially? Are you interested in your dreams and what they are bringing forward to you? Maybe you crave more depth: the shadow, unconscious material?
(707) 289-8787
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Faye Dorman
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
We all have difficulties in living. Problems of self esteem often underlie these difficulties. Resulting depression and anxiety, compulsive behaviors such as overeating, overspending, alcohol abuse and unhappy, frustrating relationship choices, can be changed. My style of working has developed over many years of practice and is interactive. Clients would most likely describe me as warm, and responsive. While serious in my work I have a good sense of humor; which I believe is essential for a productive, happy life.
(707) 879-8909
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Petaluma, CA 94952
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Victoria Dobbins
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, ATR-P
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a therapist who specializes in working with children, teens, young adults, and families. I focus on supporting my clients in finding their voices within the systems they live. My goal as your therapist is to support you in solving problems that are impacting your life, navigating changes/transitions, and achieving your personal goals. As an art therapist I encourage my clients to explore themselves through the process of creative expression. In working with young children (as young as 4) I utilize sandtray and therapeutic play as well. I am a warm and welcoming, yet direct therapist, and my overall hope is to help you thrive!
(707) 378-5259
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Judy Iwanier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
There are times, when we need an open minded, non-judgmental external support person who offers strength based, empathetic, and solution focused interventions. I offer support to survivors of traumatic experiences, individuals who have experienced a loss or separation from a loved one, as well as those suffering from depression and anxiety. Emotional pain is as common as physical pain, and can be truly agonizing. I am constantly amazed by the human spirit and believe firmly that everyone has an ability to heal. Allow me the privilege of being part of your journey.
(707) 419-3415
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Petaluma, CA 94954
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Alexis Crissey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With a collaborative, creative and strengths-focused approach, I provide counseling to adults, teens, couples & families. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, impulsive behaviors, grief & loss, ADHD, and issues related to life transitions. I integrate strategies from short-term, practical therapy approaches with in-depth, relational approaches to form a flexible treatment tailored to the strengths, needs and goals of each client. My approach to therapy aims to not only reduce symptoms and problematic behaviors, but also aims for improvement within clients insight, self-esteem, relationships, and overall quality of life.
(707) 595-9862 x1
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Gwendolyn Tzannes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Providing a safe environment to aid in the processing of complex emotions. Identifying and learning specific skills to aid in emotional regulation, and increasing personal effectiveness. Learning to identify triggers, the underpinnings of said triggers, and replacing negative coping skills with positive, healthy and effective ones. Utilizing/maximizing self-compassion, personal strengths, and minimizing negative thoughts/cognitive distortions in efforts to effectively navigate and succeed in this highly chaotic and frenetic world that we live in.
(925) 261-7814
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Sierra Poppe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with clients ages 13 and above, individuals, families and couples. Primarily, I work with clients experiencing issues with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, self-harm, identity development, parenting issues, parent/child relationships, alcohol/drug abuse by teens and adults, recovery and rehab issues and reestablishment in the family, codependence (and family members affected by ones substance use), bipolar disorder, ADHD, self-esteem, relationship issues, supporting medication management, as well as many other concerns.
(628) 258-6872
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Wendy A Calomiris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Any scary event or even a medical diagnosis can wreak havoc & any daily routine is quickly found unmanageable. If the physical body fails you, it affects your mood. If emotions are out of wack, it affects your health. Either way, you deserve to feel in control and you can reclaim control. The goal is to highlight your strengths and minimize or eliminate any obstacles to healthy wellness. A direct benefit of engaging in effective help elevates your protective factors against emotional decay now a known correlate with disease. Together we can restore a sense of control, balance, and develop your future goals. You deserve to be happy.
(707) 743-4082
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Petaluma, CA 94952
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Julie Miknis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in DBT, RO-DBT and CBT for adolescents and adults. I am committed to providing a safe and hope-filled space for my clients to explore their experiences and move towards healing and transformation. In a confidential, caring, and supportive environment, my goal as a therapist is to help clients work through the struggles they face that hold them back from living a life of happiness, purpose, and meaning.
(415) 943-4537
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Borderline Personality (BPD) Therapists

What is the most successful approach to treating borderline personality disorder?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is considered the gold standard of treatment for borderline personality disorder. An evidence-based treatment, it addresses the extreme emotional reactivity, the relationship difficulties, and the acts of self-harm that create so much distress for BPD patients. DBT is a comprehensive program that includes both regular individual psychotherapy sessions and weekly group sessions of skills training.

What happens in treatment of borderline personality disorder?

Treatment typically consists of weekly individual therapy sessions that last an hour and group skill-focused instructional sessions that may last up to two hours. Patients are typically given homework “assignments” in which they are asked to practice in their daily life the skills they acquire in therapy. Patients also keep a diary tracking their emotions and impulses as a way to know which situations are most problematic and to help them gain control over their own behavior. Difficult situations and feelings are typically reviewed in therapy sessions and more constructive solutions found.

What kinds of problems does BPD treatment help with?

DBT was initially developed to dampen the self-destructive impulses of chronically suicidal patients. It is now the treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder, a serious condition marked by extreme emotional reactivity, relationship instability, and self-injurious behaviors. Treatment of BPD helps patients tolerate the flux of emotions without acting on them, often with a specific focus on tolerating negative emotions. DBT addresses the core problems of BPD—fear of abandonment, low self-esteem, and impulsivity.

What is the goal of treatment in borderline personality disorder?

The goal of treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) is to relieve the extreme emotional distress that patients experience—to curb their emotional reactivity, to minimize their inclination to self-harm, and to reduce their impulsivity. Toward these ends, patients are not only taught an array of new coping skills and techniques for emotional regulation, they are given opportunities to practice them. Another major goal of treatment is interpersonal effectiveness; patients learn and problem-solve ways to effectively communicate in relationships, especially how to ask for what they need as a way to minimize hurt feelings.