Personality Disorders Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Samuel Khanukayev
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Most of my clinical experience focused on treating: complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, anxiety, and depression.
I strive to facilitate a reflective and explorative environment where the unbearable can be held and truth can be spoken. Multicultural and bilingual elements of my identity, and a history of enduring ethnic discrimination and immigration, significantly inform how I listen to my clients, think through trauma and fragmentation with them. Unconscious repetitions of aversion, clinging, and reenactments of familiar/familial ways of being bind us in suffering. Through psychotherapy, rigid frames of being can be deconstructed and psychological space can be reclaimed for creativity, desire and becoming.
Most of my clinical experience focused on treating: complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, anxiety, and depression.
I strive to facilitate a reflective and explorative environment where the unbearable can be held and truth can be spoken. Multicultural and bilingual elements of my identity, and a history of enduring ethnic discrimination and immigration, significantly inform how I listen to my clients, think through trauma and fragmentation with them. Unconscious repetitions of aversion, clinging, and reenactments of familiar/familial ways of being bind us in suffering. Through psychotherapy, rigid frames of being can be deconstructed and psychological space can be reclaimed for creativity, desire and becoming.
(510) 982-6497 View (510) 982-6497
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Jacqueline Gravell-O’Kane
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
You are already resilient and brave, let us use those characteristics to define the kind of life you have always wanted to live. The process to find and live the life you want can be difficult, I am here to help. Through our work together we will identify the obstacles in your path and design a treatment plan and goals to tackle them. I have worked with a wide range of diagnoses and clinical issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, mood disorders, couples counseling, addiction issues, codependency, trauma, family conflict, and psychosis.
You are already resilient and brave, let us use those characteristics to define the kind of life you have always wanted to live. The process to find and live the life you want can be difficult, I am here to help. Through our work together we will identify the obstacles in your path and design a treatment plan and goals to tackle them. I have worked with a wide range of diagnoses and clinical issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, mood disorders, couples counseling, addiction issues, codependency, trauma, family conflict, and psychosis.
(415) 965-5442 View (415) 965-5442
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Zoi Dorit Eliou
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94131  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My practice is currently closed to new patients. If you are a patient I have previously seen and in need of a consultation please contact me so I can assist you on how to proceed. Presently I am focused on peer consultation and public service. I mainly worked on providing services to adult patients with moderate to severe psychopathology, primarily Depressive disorders, Bipolar spectrum disorders, Anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD and Personality disorders. In addition, I treated people with complex medical problems, managing autoimmune disorders, cancer, diabetes and high risk pregnancies co-morbid with mood disorders.
My practice is currently closed to new patients. If you are a patient I have previously seen and in need of a consultation please contact me so I can assist you on how to proceed. Presently I am focused on peer consultation and public service. I mainly worked on providing services to adult patients with moderate to severe psychopathology, primarily Depressive disorders, Bipolar spectrum disorders, Anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD and Personality disorders. In addition, I treated people with complex medical problems, managing autoimmune disorders, cancer, diabetes and high risk pregnancies co-morbid with mood disorders.
(650) 918-4545 View (650) 918-4545
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Gaelle Carey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94121  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Gaëlle Carey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked with all types of people, from CEOs to stay-at-home parents. My ideal client is anyone who is interested in empowering their life. I am a direct person and like to get right down to business, but I also genuinely care about my clients' success. I have experience providing clinical assessment and therapeutic care to adolescents and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, anger management, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Personality Disorders, ADHD management, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Welcome! My name is Gaëlle Carey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked with all types of people, from CEOs to stay-at-home parents. My ideal client is anyone who is interested in empowering their life. I am a direct person and like to get right down to business, but I also genuinely care about my clients' success. I have experience providing clinical assessment and therapeutic care to adolescents and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, anger management, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Personality Disorders, ADHD management, and LGBTQ+ issues.
(619) 329-8438 View (619) 329-8438
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California Center for Change
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94134  (Online Only)
Ways we can help: reducing consequences associated with substance use, treating co-occurring disorders such as depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, or personality disorders, teaching mindfulness skills to interrupt the desire for immediate gratification, working with friends and families to help them understand addiction and address codependency.
If previous attempts at stopping substance use have failed or if you want to learn to manage your use rather than abstain, call us for a free phone consultation. We approach addiction as a biopsychosocial phenomenon and can help you understand the biological, emotional, and behavioral factors of your drug use using evidence-based interventions. Our therapeutic style is compassionate and non-judgmental but we will also be direct and challenge you to deeply examine your choices. We strive to create a safe, confidential environment where you feel comfortable exploring your choices.
Ways we can help: reducing consequences associated with substance use, treating co-occurring disorders such as depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, or personality disorders, teaching mindfulness skills to interrupt the desire for immediate gratification, working with friends and families to help them understand addiction and address codependency.
If previous attempts at stopping substance use have failed or if you want to learn to manage your use rather than abstain, call us for a free phone consultation. We approach addiction as a biopsychosocial phenomenon and can help you understand the biological, emotional, and behavioral factors of your drug use using evidence-based interventions. Our therapeutic style is compassionate and non-judgmental but we will also be direct and challenge you to deeply examine your choices. We strive to create a safe, confidential environment where you feel comfortable exploring your choices.
(415) 969-3982 View (415) 969-3982
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Bryan Russo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I have extensive professional experience working with anxiety, mood and personality disorders.
Too often psychotherapy focuses on causality, pathology and cures. However, rather than being "sick" or 'broken", often we are just lost inside ourselves or relationships. Everyone is a unique person with their own story, experience and perspective. The goal of therapy is to achieve a deeper awareness of where we are, to discover internal meaning for our many experiences, and to experience a life worth living. While working towards that awareness, I also feel it important to teach individuals, couples and families the skills needed to cope with the pain and day to day stressors that bring them into therapy.
I have extensive professional experience working with anxiety, mood and personality disorders.
Too often psychotherapy focuses on causality, pathology and cures. However, rather than being "sick" or 'broken", often we are just lost inside ourselves or relationships. Everyone is a unique person with their own story, experience and perspective. The goal of therapy is to achieve a deeper awareness of where we are, to discover internal meaning for our many experiences, and to experience a life worth living. While working towards that awareness, I also feel it important to teach individuals, couples and families the skills needed to cope with the pain and day to day stressors that bring them into therapy.
(415) 449-7330 View (415) 449-7330
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Arthur Brendze
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
I am happy to share my unusually broad and varied experience with you: Isolation, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Addiction/ Recovery/Codependency, Self-Esteem, Relationships/Marriage, Personality Disorders, Retirement/Aging/Saging, Loss/Grief, Religion/Spirituality, Diversity/Cross-Cultural, Same Sex Issues, Childhood/Parenting, Weight/Body-Image and more.
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience in Psychotherapy, Relationship/Marriage Counseling and Organizational Development and Transformation. Before becoming a licensed psychotherapist, I was a wooden boatbuilder, USCG Licensed Captain, businessman and educator. I still am. Over the years, a diverse spectrum of individuals, couples and groups have arrived in my practice with an equally diverse spectrum of challenges …some common …some not so common. We have worked on them together, usually with satisfying success for all concerned.
I am happy to share my unusually broad and varied experience with you: Isolation, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Addiction/ Recovery/Codependency, Self-Esteem, Relationships/Marriage, Personality Disorders, Retirement/Aging/Saging, Loss/Grief, Religion/Spirituality, Diversity/Cross-Cultural, Same Sex Issues, Childhood/Parenting, Weight/Body-Image and more.
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience in Psychotherapy, Relationship/Marriage Counseling and Organizational Development and Transformation. Before becoming a licensed psychotherapist, I was a wooden boatbuilder, USCG Licensed Captain, businessman and educator. I still am. Over the years, a diverse spectrum of individuals, couples and groups have arrived in my practice with an equally diverse spectrum of challenges …some common …some not so common. We have worked on them together, usually with satisfying success for all concerned.
(904) 474-3973 View (904) 474-3973
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Hong Guo
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
As a licensed clinical psychologist fluent in both English and Mandarin, I provide individual psychotherapy. In addition to my general therapy practice, where I treat people struggling with anxiety, depression, work and relationship issues, I also specialize in the treatment of trauma, personality disorders, grief, bereavement, gender issues, major life transitions, and cross-cultural adjustment. Therapy can be beneficial for people seeking understanding of their internal struggles, overwhelming emotional distress, or confusing symptoms and recurring negative experiences.
As a licensed clinical psychologist fluent in both English and Mandarin, I provide individual psychotherapy. In addition to my general therapy practice, where I treat people struggling with anxiety, depression, work and relationship issues, I also specialize in the treatment of trauma, personality disorders, grief, bereavement, gender issues, major life transitions, and cross-cultural adjustment. Therapy can be beneficial for people seeking understanding of their internal struggles, overwhelming emotional distress, or confusing symptoms and recurring negative experiences.
(628) 265-8448 View (628) 265-8448
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Claudia Sinay-Mosias, Mft Online Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MHS, LFMT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I specialize in treating survivors of narcissistic abuse, relationship issues, anxiety and depression. I am also very interested in what it means and how to become, a fully functioning human being, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. In this world that has been accelerating at a pace beyond our expectations and sometimes our ability to cope,how do we find peace, happiness and fulfillment, or at least the absence of anxiety and depression? Locked within our own personal stories lie the answer to these questions. Whatever "pathology" you present with can be turned into a "path" toward healing.
I specialize in treating survivors of narcissistic abuse, relationship issues, anxiety and depression. I am also very interested in what it means and how to become, a fully functioning human being, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. In this world that has been accelerating at a pace beyond our expectations and sometimes our ability to cope,how do we find peace, happiness and fulfillment, or at least the absence of anxiety and depression? Locked within our own personal stories lie the answer to these questions. Whatever "pathology" you present with can be turned into a "path" toward healing.
(628) 600-1629 View (628) 600-1629
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Taylor Wikel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Coming to therapy can be a vulnerable experience, which is why I aim to provide a safe, supportive, empathetic and nonjudgmental environment. My professional background and experience applying Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) has given me a passion to work with individuals with severe mental illness and personality disorders.
Coming to therapy can be a vulnerable experience, which is why I aim to provide a safe, supportive, empathetic and nonjudgmental environment. My professional background and experience applying Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) has given me a passion to work with individuals with severe mental illness and personality disorders.
(415) 949-3187 View (415) 949-3187
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Veronica Ghabour
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
(415) 936-8843 View (415) 936-8843
Stephanie Golinveaux
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in the treatment and assessment of people struggling with Anxiety, Addiction and recovery, Childhood trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression and Bipolar Disorders, Psychotic Spectrum Disorders and Personality Disorders.
Hello! I'm Dr. G - I believe therapy is transformative. That being said, therapy is not “one size fits all,” and finding what works for you is a critical part of the process. My personal style combines empathy and trust, with understanding and some humor. Please reach out if you have any questions about therapy, mental health, or my practice.
I specialize in the treatment and assessment of people struggling with Anxiety, Addiction and recovery, Childhood trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression and Bipolar Disorders, Psychotic Spectrum Disorders and Personality Disorders.
Hello! I'm Dr. G - I believe therapy is transformative. That being said, therapy is not “one size fits all,” and finding what works for you is a critical part of the process. My personal style combines empathy and trust, with understanding and some humor. Please reach out if you have any questions about therapy, mental health, or my practice.
(628) 666-6835 View (628) 666-6835
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Evan Wassarman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I work with adults to address issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, relational difficulties, career and life transitions, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use, and personal growth.
There is no one reason to enter therapy that is more meaningful or valid than any other. In my approach, all of your experiences matter and there are no wrong answers. I view each person as unique and multi-dimensional–not just a diagnosis or a set of symptoms. You and I will discuss and think together about your past, present, and future to gain a deeper understanding of how you experience the world. Through this process we can uncover thoughts and feelings you may not have realized you had, and help you to gain a new understanding of yourself and your relationships that improves your quality of life and sense of peace of mind.
I work with adults to address issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, relational difficulties, career and life transitions, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use, and personal growth.
There is no one reason to enter therapy that is more meaningful or valid than any other. In my approach, all of your experiences matter and there are no wrong answers. I view each person as unique and multi-dimensional–not just a diagnosis or a set of symptoms. You and I will discuss and think together about your past, present, and future to gain a deeper understanding of how you experience the world. Through this process we can uncover thoughts and feelings you may not have realized you had, and help you to gain a new understanding of yourself and your relationships that improves your quality of life and sense of peace of mind.
(415) 997-0929 View (415) 997-0929
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Jessica McGowen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
If you’re in or have been in a narcissistic relationship, I understand exactly what you have experienced.
I have 20 years of experience but I don't believe that says anything unless I can relate, connect and feel with my clients. I can be professional when necessary but I am better at just being real. I am not everyones therapist and I am okay with it. I engage in the conversation with respect and authenticity. I'm direct with the intention to help and shift the issues in a place for change . I am good at what I do and passionate about helping people through pain.
If you’re in or have been in a narcissistic relationship, I understand exactly what you have experienced.
I have 20 years of experience but I don't believe that says anything unless I can relate, connect and feel with my clients. I can be professional when necessary but I am better at just being real. I am not everyones therapist and I am okay with it. I engage in the conversation with respect and authenticity. I'm direct with the intention to help and shift the issues in a place for change . I am good at what I do and passionate about helping people through pain.
(415) 529-8891 View (415) 529-8891
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Kathlynn Gates
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
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.
(415) 943-5956 View (415) 943-5956
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Matt McKeithan
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94121  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating those with various mental disorders and behavioral issues to include: ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Personality Disorders. I utilize detailed Psychological Assessment, and empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. I am certified as a DBT practitioner and a life coach. Lastly, I integrate a holistic mindset into my practice, where emphasis is placed on gut/brain health, sleep quality, lifestyle, and diet.
I specialize in treating those with various mental disorders and behavioral issues to include: ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Personality Disorders. I utilize detailed Psychological Assessment, and empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. I am certified as a DBT practitioner and a life coach. Lastly, I integrate a holistic mindset into my practice, where emphasis is placed on gut/brain health, sleep quality, lifestyle, and diet.
(628) 214-2794 View (628) 214-2794
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Kelly Albrecht
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
With expertise in substance use disorder, ADHD, bipolar and personality disorders, my holistic approach to therapy prioritizes safety and healing, with trauma-informed care.
Are you struggling to process depression, anxiety, relationship/family issues, and trauma? These emotional ruptures can cause major disruptions in our lives. The work to process these types of life events is multifaceted, and I can help you identify your feelings and potential relational patterns, build tolerance and acceptance around challenging ones, and set meaningful goals. In order to do so, I utilize various therapeutic approaches consisting of ACT, CBT, and Problem Solving Therapy and somatic interventions.
With expertise in substance use disorder, ADHD, bipolar and personality disorders, my holistic approach to therapy prioritizes safety and healing, with trauma-informed care.
Are you struggling to process depression, anxiety, relationship/family issues, and trauma? These emotional ruptures can cause major disruptions in our lives. The work to process these types of life events is multifaceted, and I can help you identify your feelings and potential relational patterns, build tolerance and acceptance around challenging ones, and set meaningful goals. In order to do so, I utilize various therapeutic approaches consisting of ACT, CBT, and Problem Solving Therapy and somatic interventions.
(415) 275-6276 View (415) 275-6276
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Freestyle Therapy Supervision and Group LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94134  (Online Only)
As an associate therapist, I strive to help my clients rewrite their personal narratives and work to create a relationship built on understanding, compassion and trust. It’s my goal to help you better understand yourself, navigate your experiences and learn self-compassion. Join me and let’s rewrite your story together. My interests within the field of mental health include assisting those with anxiety and depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, and substance misuse. In particular, I specialize in helping clients with traumatic experiences, with a focus on helping survivors of narcissistic abuse.
As an associate therapist, I strive to help my clients rewrite their personal narratives and work to create a relationship built on understanding, compassion and trust. It’s my goal to help you better understand yourself, navigate your experiences and learn self-compassion. Join me and let’s rewrite your story together. My interests within the field of mental health include assisting those with anxiety and depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, and substance misuse. In particular, I specialize in helping clients with traumatic experiences, with a focus on helping survivors of narcissistic abuse.
(628) 444-4530 View (628) 444-4530
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Nate Hinerman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I routinely treat depression and anxiety, addiction, trauma, PTSD, and a variety of personality disorders, in addition to grief and loss.
Nate Hinerman, PhD, LMFT, is Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, where he is also a tenured Professor of Psychology, as well as the Chair of the Psychology Department. He is also on the faculty at the University of San Francisco, teaching in the Nursing School, and in the Religious Studies Department. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco End of Life Network, a community-based support and education group for hospice and palliative care professionals and patients, now in its 23rd year (www.sfeol.org).
I routinely treat depression and anxiety, addiction, trauma, PTSD, and a variety of personality disorders, in addition to grief and loss.
Nate Hinerman, PhD, LMFT, is Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, where he is also a tenured Professor of Psychology, as well as the Chair of the Psychology Department. He is also on the faculty at the University of San Francisco, teaching in the Nursing School, and in the Religious Studies Department. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco End of Life Network, a community-based support and education group for hospice and palliative care professionals and patients, now in its 23rd year (www.sfeol.org).
(628) 215-8084 View (628) 215-8084
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Bridges To Mental Wellness. Lic. In Ca. and Ga.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, EdD, LPCC/, MFT, MS
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94112
Karimah AdisaThomas is a highly skilled and dedicated mental health professional with a wealth of experience in helping clients of all ages and backgrounds manage the challenges of life. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, she is well-versed in a variety of evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. She is particularly skilled in working with clients dealing with crisis and trauma, anxiety, coping skills, depression, emotional disturbance, life coaching, stress, and personality disorders. As a clinician, she begins by listening to her client's stories while providing a safe and supportive space.
Karimah AdisaThomas is a highly skilled and dedicated mental health professional with a wealth of experience in helping clients of all ages and backgrounds manage the challenges of life. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, she is well-versed in a variety of evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. She is particularly skilled in working with clients dealing with crisis and trauma, anxiety, coping skills, depression, emotional disturbance, life coaching, stress, and personality disorders. As a clinician, she begins by listening to her client's stories while providing a safe and supportive space.
(628) 209-5370 View (628) 209-5370

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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.