Personality Disorders Therapists in Baltimore, MD

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Alex Samets
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW, MFA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211
My areas of clinical interest include: personality disorders, depression & mood disorders, anxiety, loss & bereavement, trauma - especially trauma occurring in the context of college fraternity structures - relationship & intimacy issues, creative/artistic blocks and issues specific to athletes and athletic performance, and individual & family transitions.
I am trained as a psychoanalyst and practice a relational form of psychodynamic therapy that views the therapeutic relationship as the site of potential transformation. I often have success working with people who have had negative or lackluster experiences in previous therapies and those who are ambivalent about beginning therapy. I specialize in longterm relational work and in working with adult men and athletes.
My areas of clinical interest include: personality disorders, depression & mood disorders, anxiety, loss & bereavement, trauma - especially trauma occurring in the context of college fraternity structures - relationship & intimacy issues, creative/artistic blocks and issues specific to athletes and athletic performance, and individual & family transitions.
I am trained as a psychoanalyst and practice a relational form of psychodynamic therapy that views the therapeutic relationship as the site of potential transformation. I often have success working with people who have had negative or lackluster experiences in previous therapies and those who are ambivalent about beginning therapy. I specialize in longterm relational work and in working with adult men and athletes.
(443) 843-0422 View (443) 843-0422
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Thoko Shumba
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21215  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder & Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD).
Do you feel strong, intense, emotions and it's affecting your life? Therapy is a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore and untangle the different parts of your life. During our time together, we will explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences to gain insight into the things going on in your life. We will then work to equip you with the tools you need to build a life you envision for yourself and adapt to adversity. I provide a safe space to be seen, heard and to receive support.
I specialize in the treatment of personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder & Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD).
Do you feel strong, intense, emotions and it's affecting your life? Therapy is a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore and untangle the different parts of your life. During our time together, we will explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences to gain insight into the things going on in your life. We will then work to equip you with the tools you need to build a life you envision for yourself and adapt to adversity. I provide a safe space to be seen, heard and to receive support.
(240) 789-4061 View (240) 789-4061
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Heidi Hanes
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, LCADC, NCC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
I am certified as a high conflict divorce consultant, providing coaching, skills and tools that serve to decrease overall distress from narcissistic abuse, navigate divorce, and manage custody or co-parenting issues.
Welcome! Congratulations on beginning therapy and taking a brave step toward creating the life you want to live! As your therapist, I will utilize integrated treatment approaches and "outside of the box" techniques to move at your pace and facilitate change to meet your goals. I strive to provide a caring environment and supportive emotional space in which to safely explore and heal personal issues. There is no such thing as too big or too small when it comes to your goals for health and wellness. I am specialized in the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, as well as trauma, grief and loss.
I am certified as a high conflict divorce consultant, providing coaching, skills and tools that serve to decrease overall distress from narcissistic abuse, navigate divorce, and manage custody or co-parenting issues.
Welcome! Congratulations on beginning therapy and taking a brave step toward creating the life you want to live! As your therapist, I will utilize integrated treatment approaches and "outside of the box" techniques to move at your pace and facilitate change to meet your goals. I strive to provide a caring environment and supportive emotional space in which to safely explore and heal personal issues. There is no such thing as too big or too small when it comes to your goals for health and wellness. I am specialized in the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, as well as trauma, grief and loss.
(667) 220-6681 View (667) 220-6681
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Amanda Menke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21230  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My experience includes working with clients diagnosed with ASD, Personality Disorders, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, BPD, Depression, PTSD and Anxiety.
Not currently able to accept new clients. I firmly believe in holistic wellness and cater my practice towards helping my clients to achieve their goals. Therapy is only effective when it meets your needs and caters towards you as your own unique self. Therapy is also an expenditure when it comes to time, money and energy. I work collaboratively with my clients to ensure you receive the quality care you deserve. When we combine our strengths, we can create a well-balanced therapeutic relationship.
My experience includes working with clients diagnosed with ASD, Personality Disorders, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, BPD, Depression, PTSD and Anxiety.
Not currently able to accept new clients. I firmly believe in holistic wellness and cater my practice towards helping my clients to achieve their goals. Therapy is only effective when it meets your needs and caters towards you as your own unique self. Therapy is also an expenditure when it comes to time, money and energy. I work collaboratively with my clients to ensure you receive the quality care you deserve. When we combine our strengths, we can create a well-balanced therapeutic relationship.
(667) 217-2370 View (667) 217-2370
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Cara Baltimore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21208  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MD, VA, & DC) specializing in children, adolescents, and families. I have a passion for helping others reach their highest self and offer a safe, comfortable, and culturally competent atmosphere. I have experience working with individuals who struggle with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, mood, psychosis, adjustment, and personality disorders. I also have worked with individuals impacted by co-occurring conditions. I also have extensive knowledge of MD Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and The Joint Commission.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MD, VA, & DC) specializing in children, adolescents, and families. I have a passion for helping others reach their highest self and offer a safe, comfortable, and culturally competent atmosphere. I have experience working with individuals who struggle with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, mood, psychosis, adjustment, and personality disorders. I also have worked with individuals impacted by co-occurring conditions. I also have extensive knowledge of MD Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and The Joint Commission.
(443) 218-9647 View (443) 218-9647
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Julie A Stukey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21230  (Online Only)
I work supportively and collaboratively with my clients to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that allows us to work towards your goals together. I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, school challenges, family conflict, life transitions, disordered eating, grief and loss, substance abuse, sports performance concerns, personality disorders, and severe mental illness.
I work supportively and collaboratively with my clients to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that allows us to work towards your goals together. I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, school challenges, family conflict, life transitions, disordered eating, grief and loss, substance abuse, sports performance concerns, personality disorders, and severe mental illness.
(443) 251-3992 View (443) 251-3992
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Madeline Janssen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211
I specialize in children, adolescents, and adults who are impacted by anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, or personality disorders.
As a therapist, facilitating goal achievement involves fostering a collaborative relationship, clarifying objectives, and tailoring interventions to the client's strengths and needs. Employing evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or motivational interviewing can empower clients to identify barriers, develop coping strategies, and sustain progress. Cultivating a supportive environment and celebrating milestones can further motivate clients on their journey towards self-improvement and fulfillment.
I specialize in children, adolescents, and adults who are impacted by anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, or personality disorders.
As a therapist, facilitating goal achievement involves fostering a collaborative relationship, clarifying objectives, and tailoring interventions to the client's strengths and needs. Employing evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or motivational interviewing can empower clients to identify barriers, develop coping strategies, and sustain progress. Cultivating a supportive environment and celebrating milestones can further motivate clients on their journey towards self-improvement and fulfillment.
(410) 936-4135 View (410) 936-4135
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Kris T Gebhard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211
My specialties include gender-affirming care, supporting individuals dealing with traumatic stress (including cultural trauma), PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, gender dysphoria, depression, and anxiety.
NOTE: Current openings for In Person, outdoors in a park in East Baltimore or in office in Hampden. I aim to garden healing so that my clients can more vibrantly and intentionally shape change as their truest selves. I'm genderqueer, transmasculine, queer, and enjoy working with clients across the gender and sexuality spectrum, including trans, genderqueer, non-binary, intersex, LGB and pansexual individuals, and folx in diverse relationship structures including polyam and ENM. I'm kink/BDSM-affirming, sex and body-positive. I've worked w/artists, organizers/activists, professionals, students, and disabled individuals and couples.
My specialties include gender-affirming care, supporting individuals dealing with traumatic stress (including cultural trauma), PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, gender dysphoria, depression, and anxiety.
NOTE: Current openings for In Person, outdoors in a park in East Baltimore or in office in Hampden. I aim to garden healing so that my clients can more vibrantly and intentionally shape change as their truest selves. I'm genderqueer, transmasculine, queer, and enjoy working with clients across the gender and sexuality spectrum, including trans, genderqueer, non-binary, intersex, LGB and pansexual individuals, and folx in diverse relationship structures including polyam and ENM. I'm kink/BDSM-affirming, sex and body-positive. I've worked w/artists, organizers/activists, professionals, students, and disabled individuals and couples.
(240) 443-3726 View (240) 443-3726
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Zena White
Counselor, LGPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202  (Online Only)
I have clinical experience in the areas of codependency, mood and anxiety disorders, family conflict, narcissistic abuse, gender dysphoria, career changes, childhood trauma, and suicidal ideations.
Are you experiencing depression/anxiety symptoms? Experiencing difficulties with healthy communication in your relationships? Gender dysphoria or learning to accept a new identity? Desiring to progress but feeling stagnant in several areas in your life? Therapy is a relationship, and it is important to me that you feel seen, heard, and understood. I am empathetically direct, and I encourage my clients to express themselves in a way that feels authentic to them. We can create goals and explore past childhood trauma or issues that may impact who you are today. Therapy works best when we work together.
I have clinical experience in the areas of codependency, mood and anxiety disorders, family conflict, narcissistic abuse, gender dysphoria, career changes, childhood trauma, and suicidal ideations.
Are you experiencing depression/anxiety symptoms? Experiencing difficulties with healthy communication in your relationships? Gender dysphoria or learning to accept a new identity? Desiring to progress but feeling stagnant in several areas in your life? Therapy is a relationship, and it is important to me that you feel seen, heard, and understood. I am empathetically direct, and I encourage my clients to express themselves in a way that feels authentic to them. We can create goals and explore past childhood trauma or issues that may impact who you are today. Therapy works best when we work together.
(443) 720-7051 View (443) 720-7051
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Kathryn (Kat) Skalski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21218
Waitlist for new clients
My focus is with clients ages 16 and older, who struggle with mood and personality disorders, interpersonal issues, and difficult life transitions.
Everyone goes through difficult times in their life and sometimes asking for help can be scary! My goal is to help you navigate trying times in your life by processing difficult emotions and working toward goals that are important to you. I use a conversational, person-centered approach to therapy and believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important piece of the therapeutic puzzle. If you're open to building an honest connection and willing to work hard, I am here to support you!
My focus is with clients ages 16 and older, who struggle with mood and personality disorders, interpersonal issues, and difficult life transitions.
Everyone goes through difficult times in their life and sometimes asking for help can be scary! My goal is to help you navigate trying times in your life by processing difficult emotions and working toward goals that are important to you. I use a conversational, person-centered approach to therapy and believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important piece of the therapeutic puzzle. If you're open to building an honest connection and willing to work hard, I am here to support you!
(410) 337-7772 x6406 View (410) 337-7772 x6406
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Nicole Twaalfhoven
Counselor, LCPC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for your interest in my profile! I work with clients who need support, a clearer understanding of themselves and their environment, and are ready for change. Clients struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD, grief, schizophrenia, bipolar, and personality disorders, as well as relationships, career support, aging, and other life issues are great candidates for therapy with me. I see individual clients of any age (however under the age of 16, parent/caregiver collaboration is required), families, and couples. I offer a kind, supportive approach, with plenty structure and self-empowerment.
Thank you for your interest in my profile! I work with clients who need support, a clearer understanding of themselves and their environment, and are ready for change. Clients struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD, grief, schizophrenia, bipolar, and personality disorders, as well as relationships, career support, aging, and other life issues are great candidates for therapy with me. I see individual clients of any age (however under the age of 16, parent/caregiver collaboration is required), families, and couples. I offer a kind, supportive approach, with plenty structure and self-empowerment.
(240) 201-2371 View (240) 201-2371
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Caitlin Farha
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma disorders, personality disorders, and parent child relational problems.
Entering therapy can be overwhelming and intimidating. Whether it is your first time or 100th time, reflecting on painful experiences, facing your struggles, and sharing your life story with someone else is extremely difficult. I strive to provide a safe, collaborative, judgment-free environment for individuals to gain support in navigating life's ups and downs. I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to be heard, validated, and reminded of their strengths, so that they feel empowered to achieve their personal goals.
I have extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma disorders, personality disorders, and parent child relational problems.
Entering therapy can be overwhelming and intimidating. Whether it is your first time or 100th time, reflecting on painful experiences, facing your struggles, and sharing your life story with someone else is extremely difficult. I strive to provide a safe, collaborative, judgment-free environment for individuals to gain support in navigating life's ups and downs. I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to be heard, validated, and reminded of their strengths, so that they feel empowered to achieve their personal goals.
(443) 351-6465 View (443) 351-6465
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James W Brunson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21224  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have helped support those who have experienced many forms of trauma, mood/personality disorders, relationship conflict, issues pertaining to gender and sexuality.
First and foremost, my responsibility is to create an environment where you feel welcomed, safe and supported. In our sessions, you can expect that I will spend a lot of time engaging in stimulating conversation that helps me to learn who you are, how you show up in the world, and what path(s) to take in helping you achieve your goals and desirable outcomes. As your therapist, you can expect for me to be actively present with you, while encouraging and supporting you along the journey of creating the life you desire.
I have helped support those who have experienced many forms of trauma, mood/personality disorders, relationship conflict, issues pertaining to gender and sexuality.
First and foremost, my responsibility is to create an environment where you feel welcomed, safe and supported. In our sessions, you can expect that I will spend a lot of time engaging in stimulating conversation that helps me to learn who you are, how you show up in the world, and what path(s) to take in helping you achieve your goals and desirable outcomes. As your therapist, you can expect for me to be actively present with you, while encouraging and supporting you along the journey of creating the life you desire.
(202) 919-7794 View (202) 919-7794
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Jess Dunn
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21230
----NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. WILL UPDATE WHEN AVAILABLE.----- Maybe you are suffering, but are not sure why or have trouble speaking about it. Perhaps you've noticed that you keep repeating the same patterns, but are not certain how. I have worked for over eight years with people suffering from a range of symptoms, those who have suffered with trauma and loss, and those dealing with problems in loving and/or working. I enjoy working with those who identify as LGBT+, queer or kinky, with racial, ethnic, and religious minority individuals, and those from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.
----NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. WILL UPDATE WHEN AVAILABLE.----- Maybe you are suffering, but are not sure why or have trouble speaking about it. Perhaps you've noticed that you keep repeating the same patterns, but are not certain how. I have worked for over eight years with people suffering from a range of symptoms, those who have suffered with trauma and loss, and those dealing with problems in loving and/or working. I enjoy working with those who identify as LGBT+, queer or kinky, with racial, ethnic, and religious minority individuals, and those from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.
(410) 983-3306 View (410) 983-3306
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Miriam F. Godfrey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW, PhD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy can be a powerful tool to help people who have been struggling with anxiety, depression, and dissatisfaction. These struggles may have been recent, or they may reflect traumatic experiences or parts of our lives that have been problematic for many years. I work with adults of all ages--individuals and couples--to help them understand what has brought them to this point in their lives.
Therapy can be a powerful tool to help people who have been struggling with anxiety, depression, and dissatisfaction. These struggles may have been recent, or they may reflect traumatic experiences or parts of our lives that have been problematic for many years. I work with adults of all ages--individuals and couples--to help them understand what has brought them to this point in their lives.
(301) 684-5204 View (301) 684-5204
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Mariam Qahtani
Counselor, MA, LGPC, LAC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21231
Not accepting new clients
Part of what makes us human is our need for one another's unconditional positive regard, understanding, acceptance and presence. Life can be so hard. Walking it alone, no matter how strong one may be, can be a lonely and difficult experience. You don't have to do it or go it alone. You already figured that out which is why you and I are here.
Part of what makes us human is our need for one another's unconditional positive regard, understanding, acceptance and presence. Life can be so hard. Walking it alone, no matter how strong one may be, can be a lonely and difficult experience. You don't have to do it or go it alone. You already figured that out which is why you and I are here.
(202) 918-3612 View (202) 918-3612
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James M Ryan
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210
I've been working in the behavioral health field for over 10 years and enjoy helping people learn how their minds work. Throughout my career, I've worked with adolescents and adults of all ages, individuals, couples and families. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy. My counseling philosophy is rooted in existential and spiritual traditions with particular emphasis on the inherent human need for meaningful connection in life. From this perspective, the ultimate goal of therapy is to optimize our connection to ourselves, others, and a meaningful spiritual life.
I've been working in the behavioral health field for over 10 years and enjoy helping people learn how their minds work. Throughout my career, I've worked with adolescents and adults of all ages, individuals, couples and families. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy. My counseling philosophy is rooted in existential and spiritual traditions with particular emphasis on the inherent human need for meaningful connection in life. From this perspective, the ultimate goal of therapy is to optimize our connection to ourselves, others, and a meaningful spiritual life.
(410) 469-7498 View (410) 469-7498
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Marilyn L Brooks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21208
I am a compassionate therapist with extensive knowledge and experience in mental health and substance abuse management through using a wide range of treatment modalities. My clients range from ages 18 to 65 years with a wide range of mental health concerns. I believe in a positive, supportive approach in working with each individual client to develop their own unique treatment goals for the best possible outcome.
I am a compassionate therapist with extensive knowledge and experience in mental health and substance abuse management through using a wide range of treatment modalities. My clients range from ages 18 to 65 years with a wide range of mental health concerns. I believe in a positive, supportive approach in working with each individual client to develop their own unique treatment goals for the best possible outcome.
(410) 846-4943 View (410) 846-4943
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Alana Prato-Shein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21204
I work with clients to develop deeper insights into thought and behavior patterns and to help them find strategies to improve their relationships. My passion lies in helping individuals manage their mental health and helping couples manage mental health struggles, gender transitions, and polyamory. In Towson, I work with my four-legged partner, a samoyed therapy dog named Eir, who provides comfort and support and takes an active role in play therapy with our younger clients. In Bel Air, I work with horses of Bay Meadow Farm to provide equine-assisted psychotherapy.
I work with clients to develop deeper insights into thought and behavior patterns and to help them find strategies to improve their relationships. My passion lies in helping individuals manage their mental health and helping couples manage mental health struggles, gender transitions, and polyamory. In Towson, I work with my four-legged partner, a samoyed therapy dog named Eir, who provides comfort and support and takes an active role in play therapy with our younger clients. In Bel Air, I work with horses of Bay Meadow Farm to provide equine-assisted psychotherapy.
(443) 727-1055 View (443) 727-1055
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One Heartt, Inc. Mental Health Services
PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21202
Therapy can be a challenging journey of self awareness and processing. This path becomes increasingly difficulty when you don't feel seen and heard. We are black female identifying mental health providers offering a wide range of mental health services. Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for culturally sensitive mental health treatment for all. Our patients come from a range of backgrounds, and participate in services such as medication management, psychological assessment, therapy, and PRP. At One Heartt, Inc. we specialize in providing holistic healthcare in a soothing indoor/outdoor environment.
Therapy can be a challenging journey of self awareness and processing. This path becomes increasingly difficulty when you don't feel seen and heard. We are black female identifying mental health providers offering a wide range of mental health services. Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for culturally sensitive mental health treatment for all. Our patients come from a range of backgrounds, and participate in services such as medication management, psychological assessment, therapy, and PRP. At One Heartt, Inc. we specialize in providing holistic healthcare in a soothing indoor/outdoor environment.
(410) 936-3361 x1 View (410) 936-3361 x1
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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.