Personality Disorders Therapists in Philadelphia, PA

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Dr. John Howe
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Are you engaging in persistent, compulsive or disruptive actions that bring little satisfaction and damage how you relate to others at home, at work or in social settings? Disturbances of the inner self can interfere with joy, love, and satisfaction in living. Frustration, anger, sorrow and loss, disappointment become repetitious and even predictable. If so, it is time to do something to relieve these ineffective experiences in living. I am a licensed psychologist with 35 years experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, sexual and relationship issues, and the effects of personality disorders.
Are you engaging in persistent, compulsive or disruptive actions that bring little satisfaction and damage how you relate to others at home, at work or in social settings? Disturbances of the inner self can interfere with joy, love, and satisfaction in living. Frustration, anger, sorrow and loss, disappointment become repetitious and even predictable. If so, it is time to do something to relieve these ineffective experiences in living. I am a licensed psychologist with 35 years experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, sexual and relationship issues, and the effects of personality disorders.
(215) 565-0317 View (215) 565-0317
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Maria Ximena Cortada
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
I specialize in anxiety and depressive disorders, codependency and relationship issues, self-esteem, phase of life transitions, personality disorders, and forensics among others.
Hi, my name is Maria Ximena, a licensed psychotherapist, that's passionate about improving the lives of others by fostering mental health well-being. If you're seeking a therapist that works with you side by side, focusing on your strengths while intervening in areas that need attention, then you are in the right place.
I specialize in anxiety and depressive disorders, codependency and relationship issues, self-esteem, phase of life transitions, personality disorders, and forensics among others.
Hi, my name is Maria Ximena, a licensed psychotherapist, that's passionate about improving the lives of others by fostering mental health well-being. If you're seeking a therapist that works with you side by side, focusing on your strengths while intervening in areas that need attention, then you are in the right place.
(484) 739-8277 View (484) 739-8277
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Elizabeth Simmons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DBT-C
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I specialize in trauma, personality disorders, addiction disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, body positivity, HIV/AIDS, forensic issues, immigrant/refugee issues, women's issues, and civil rights/social justice.
I will teach you how to live fully in each moment, be unapologetically and authentically you, cope with stress more effectively, regulate your emotions, and improve your relationships with others. My ideal client is ready to work with me, as i support and guide them. I will work with you if you feel like you're doing mostly ok, and I will work with you if you feel like you are a mess and don't even know where to start. Healing is hard work, but it's so worthwhile and I'd love to help you get to the other side and be able to live your best life as your best, most authentic self.
I specialize in trauma, personality disorders, addiction disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, body positivity, HIV/AIDS, forensic issues, immigrant/refugee issues, women's issues, and civil rights/social justice.
I will teach you how to live fully in each moment, be unapologetically and authentically you, cope with stress more effectively, regulate your emotions, and improve your relationships with others. My ideal client is ready to work with me, as i support and guide them. I will work with you if you feel like you're doing mostly ok, and I will work with you if you feel like you are a mess and don't even know where to start. Healing is hard work, but it's so worthwhile and I'd love to help you get to the other side and be able to live your best life as your best, most authentic self.
(267) 732-1251 View (267) 732-1251
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Julia Bunch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19148  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Julia and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Pennsylvania. I understand what it's like to feel hopeless, stuck, and trapped in the cycle of emotional suffering due to trauma and other circumstances which can make life feel unmanageable. If those feelings sound familiar to you, you've come to the right place. My work centers around helping clients heal from traumatic experiences by learning to cope with symptoms and behaviors associated with trauma and related mental health diagnoses including anxiety, depression, OCD, and mood and personality disorders.
Hello! My name is Julia and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Pennsylvania. I understand what it's like to feel hopeless, stuck, and trapped in the cycle of emotional suffering due to trauma and other circumstances which can make life feel unmanageable. If those feelings sound familiar to you, you've come to the right place. My work centers around helping clients heal from traumatic experiences by learning to cope with symptoms and behaviors associated with trauma and related mental health diagnoses including anxiety, depression, OCD, and mood and personality disorders.
(267) 532-9730 View (267) 532-9730
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Dan Livney
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19119
I also work with patients who have personality disorders, which are patterns of having unsatisfying personal relationships.
How does the "talking cure" help? It might have even been called the "listening cure." Having a helpful and supportive ear is something many people find they need at various transition points in their lives. Having a safe place to talk, in a warm and supportive environment, is crucial. The tool of our work is the relationship and, as research has shown, is the most important predictor of success in psychotherapy. I enjoy working with my patients as they seek to find their way to a richer and more fulfilling life.
I also work with patients who have personality disorders, which are patterns of having unsatisfying personal relationships.
How does the "talking cure" help? It might have even been called the "listening cure." Having a helpful and supportive ear is something many people find they need at various transition points in their lives. Having a safe place to talk, in a warm and supportive environment, is crucial. The tool of our work is the relationship and, as research has shown, is the most important predictor of success in psychotherapy. I enjoy working with my patients as they seek to find their way to a richer and more fulfilling life.
(484) 577-2944 View (484) 577-2944
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Karley Chickness
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107  (Online Only)
I work with adults who experience a range of mental health symptoms including: anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, mood swings, irritability, addiction, personality disorders, self-harm, trauma, and more.
As JK Rowling once said, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." Welcome to a safe space, I commend your bravery & vulnerability to seek help for your mental health. Are you looking for a therapist that's adaptive to your needs and will also challenge you to become the best version of yourself? If you are, I may be a good fit for you and am happy to meet for a free consult. A little about me, I'm an empathic, yet humorous, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the state of Pennsylvania.
I work with adults who experience a range of mental health symptoms including: anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, mood swings, irritability, addiction, personality disorders, self-harm, trauma, and more.
As JK Rowling once said, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." Welcome to a safe space, I commend your bravery & vulnerability to seek help for your mental health. Are you looking for a therapist that's adaptive to your needs and will also challenge you to become the best version of yourself? If you are, I may be a good fit for you and am happy to meet for a free consult. A little about me, I'm an empathic, yet humorous, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the state of Pennsylvania.
(484) 897-7206 View (484) 897-7206
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Katherine Bumbernick
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR, PMH-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19019
My treatment specialties include art therapy, perinatal and postpartum disorder treatment (including associated issues related to infertility, reproductive trauma, and grief and loss issues), personality disorders, psychosis, forensic treatment, competency restoration, and existentialism.
I am passionate about empowering clients to foster the resilience they need to overcome emotional and existential distress. My approach is holistic, solution-based, and future-focused on ways to improve overall life satisfaction and direction. Professionally, I have specific experience in women's issues, life transitions and existentialism, criminal justice and forensics, and treating other mental health professionals.
My treatment specialties include art therapy, perinatal and postpartum disorder treatment (including associated issues related to infertility, reproductive trauma, and grief and loss issues), personality disorders, psychosis, forensic treatment, competency restoration, and existentialism.
I am passionate about empowering clients to foster the resilience they need to overcome emotional and existential distress. My approach is holistic, solution-based, and future-focused on ways to improve overall life satisfaction and direction. Professionally, I have specific experience in women's issues, life transitions and existentialism, criminal justice and forensics, and treating other mental health professionals.
(724) 399-3122 View (724) 399-3122
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Valerie Saxton
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, self-criticism, self-injury, couples therapy, sexual identity, and spirituality.
I believe that every individual has the wisdom to know how to heal themselves and the courage to face life's challenges and grow from them. It is my job, as a therapist, to help you connect with this innate wisdom and courage. In therapy, I work to create a space where you can feel safe, understood, and cared for. Within this space, we will explore your current difficulties and challenges. We will address these challenges in ways that fit you and that build upon your unique strengths and personality.
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, self-criticism, self-injury, couples therapy, sexual identity, and spirituality.
I believe that every individual has the wisdom to know how to heal themselves and the courage to face life's challenges and grow from them. It is my job, as a therapist, to help you connect with this innate wisdom and courage. In therapy, I work to create a space where you can feel safe, understood, and cared for. Within this space, we will explore your current difficulties and challenges. We will address these challenges in ways that fit you and that build upon your unique strengths and personality.
(215) 607-8560 View (215) 607-8560
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Kathryn Nevin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19124  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Kathryn Nevin, LCSW, CCTP. It's wonderful to see you seeking support and making strides to connect here! I'm here to assist with various challenges like anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, self-harm, and personality disorders. My focus lies particularly in trauma therapy. In our first session, I'll tailor our approach to suit your needs and optimize outcomes.
Hello! I'm Kathryn Nevin, LCSW, CCTP. It's wonderful to see you seeking support and making strides to connect here! I'm here to assist with various challenges like anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, self-harm, and personality disorders. My focus lies particularly in trauma therapy. In our first session, I'll tailor our approach to suit your needs and optimize outcomes.
(267) 578-2884 View (267) 578-2884
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Robert Walsh
Counselor, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Waitlist for new clients
Hello. Thanks for stopping by. I’m a therapist who specializes in helping those struggling with anxiety, trauma, self-harm, personality disorders, attachment issues, neurodivergence (Autism, OCD, ADHD), and sexuality/kink concerns. In addition to being a therapist, I’m also a philosopher, and will implement an integrated view on wellness to help you make sense of your concerns, empower you, and give you the tools to live your best life. My goal is to help you actually get better, not just feel better as a result of our sessions. To do this, I aim to be warm and welcoming, but will compassionately challenge you when necessary.
Hello. Thanks for stopping by. I’m a therapist who specializes in helping those struggling with anxiety, trauma, self-harm, personality disorders, attachment issues, neurodivergence (Autism, OCD, ADHD), and sexuality/kink concerns. In addition to being a therapist, I’m also a philosopher, and will implement an integrated view on wellness to help you make sense of your concerns, empower you, and give you the tools to live your best life. My goal is to help you actually get better, not just feel better as a result of our sessions. To do this, I aim to be warm and welcoming, but will compassionately challenge you when necessary.
(215) 330-5037 View (215) 330-5037
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Jeremy Soh
Licensed Psychoanalyst, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19146
I work with a range of issues from anxiety, depression, and burnout, to more severe cases of trauma and personality disorders.
Do you find yourself stuck, frustrated and ready to examine the deeper motivations of your current conflicts and overall behavior? You've perhaps long sensed that the problems that keep repeating in life suggest getting to the bottom of things. This is an opportunity for self-exploration in psychoanalysis which focuses on the unconscious. Uncovering deep sources of conflicts and problems you weren’t even aware of transforms damaging attachments and reopens possibilities where you may seem desperately trapped.
I work with a range of issues from anxiety, depression, and burnout, to more severe cases of trauma and personality disorders.
Do you find yourself stuck, frustrated and ready to examine the deeper motivations of your current conflicts and overall behavior? You've perhaps long sensed that the problems that keep repeating in life suggest getting to the bottom of things. This is an opportunity for self-exploration in psychoanalysis which focuses on the unconscious. Uncovering deep sources of conflicts and problems you weren’t even aware of transforms damaging attachments and reopens possibilities where you may seem desperately trapped.
(510) 822-6898 View (510) 822-6898
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Sara Johnson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPCA
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
If you'd like to get free from relational trauma, I would love to help you. I specialize in anxiety, depression, emotional and narcissistic abuse, Trauma/PTSD, ACA / ACoA recovery for adult children of alcoholics and family dysfunction, Personality Disorders, and ADHD. I've worked in substance abuse recovery for 8 years and led a group for adults with ADHD with the national organization CHADD for 3 years. I work with abuse survivors and I lead an ongoing group for recovery from gaslighting, narcissistic and emotional abuse, betrayal trauma, and intimate partner violence. If you're going through hell, keep going.
If you'd like to get free from relational trauma, I would love to help you. I specialize in anxiety, depression, emotional and narcissistic abuse, Trauma/PTSD, ACA / ACoA recovery for adult children of alcoholics and family dysfunction, Personality Disorders, and ADHD. I've worked in substance abuse recovery for 8 years and led a group for adults with ADHD with the national organization CHADD for 3 years. I work with abuse survivors and I lead an ongoing group for recovery from gaslighting, narcissistic and emotional abuse, betrayal trauma, and intimate partner violence. If you're going through hell, keep going.
(215) 910-4075 View (215) 910-4075
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Melody Dascanio
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, C-PD, CCTP-II, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Will I ever be good enough?....Maybe I AM the crazy one?... Have you had these thoughts? Are you anxious, depressed, a chronic people pleaser? Have your "loved ones" blamed you for "everything that is wrong"? Do you hate the way they act around you, but then a few memories of when they were nice make you feel guilty for having those thoughts (cognitive dissonance)? This is all normal if you have experienced narcissistic abuse or emotionally immature parents. This is where I come in. Healing is a real possibility. You deserve it and I'm dedicated to helping you move from surviving to thriving!
Will I ever be good enough?....Maybe I AM the crazy one?... Have you had these thoughts? Are you anxious, depressed, a chronic people pleaser? Have your "loved ones" blamed you for "everything that is wrong"? Do you hate the way they act around you, but then a few memories of when they were nice make you feel guilty for having those thoughts (cognitive dissonance)? This is all normal if you have experienced narcissistic abuse or emotionally immature parents. This is where I come in. Healing is a real possibility. You deserve it and I'm dedicated to helping you move from surviving to thriving!
(484) 380-9979 View (484) 380-9979
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Kathryn Nevin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19124  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Kathryn Nevin, LCSW, CCTP. It's wonderful to see you seeking support and making strides to connect here! I'm here to assist with various challenges like anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, self-harm, and personality disorders. My focus lies particularly in trauma therapy. In our first session, I'll tailor our approach to suit your needs and optimize outcomes.
Hello, I'm Kathryn Nevin, LCSW, CCTP. It's wonderful to see you seeking support and making strides to connect here! I'm here to assist with various challenges like anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, self-harm, and personality disorders. My focus lies particularly in trauma therapy. In our first session, I'll tailor our approach to suit your needs and optimize outcomes.
(215) 608-5627 View (215) 608-5627
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Adrian Chiu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19109  (Online Only)
While I am comfortable working with a wide range of presenting problems and issues, I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, identity/relational/cultural concerns, third-culture-individuals, trauma, and personality disorders.
Do you feel disconnected from yourself and others? Do you find it difficult to identify, understand, or manage your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? In my work, I strive to create an accepting, non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe exploring the difficult, and sometimes painful, parts of yourself. I view therapy as a deeply meaningful and collaborative process that can serve as a catalyst to shifting the way you relate to yourself and others. This allows for more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, and the subsequent easing of psychological symptoms.
While I am comfortable working with a wide range of presenting problems and issues, I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, identity/relational/cultural concerns, third-culture-individuals, trauma, and personality disorders.
Do you feel disconnected from yourself and others? Do you find it difficult to identify, understand, or manage your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? In my work, I strive to create an accepting, non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe exploring the difficult, and sometimes painful, parts of yourself. I view therapy as a deeply meaningful and collaborative process that can serve as a catalyst to shifting the way you relate to yourself and others. This allows for more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, and the subsequent easing of psychological symptoms.
(267) 935-9957 View (267) 935-9957
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Alisa Stamps
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
You look in the mirror and see the "bad" traits. That you're not thin enough, not righteous enough, not "good" enough. You realize that these traits were projected there by someone else--a partner, or maybe even a parent. You want to recover from perhaps a lifetime of emotional pain and narcissistic abuse but you don't know where to begin...I specialize in treating adult children of narcissists, cult abuse/religious trauma survivors, and those struggling with disordered eating and body image issues. I can support you in developing your inner strengths so that when you look in the mirror it will be your true self staring back at you.
You look in the mirror and see the "bad" traits. That you're not thin enough, not righteous enough, not "good" enough. You realize that these traits were projected there by someone else--a partner, or maybe even a parent. You want to recover from perhaps a lifetime of emotional pain and narcissistic abuse but you don't know where to begin...I specialize in treating adult children of narcissists, cult abuse/religious trauma survivors, and those struggling with disordered eating and body image issues. I can support you in developing your inner strengths so that when you look in the mirror it will be your true self staring back at you.
(267) 642-5396 View (267) 642-5396
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Dr. Christopher G. Deussing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW, C-DBT
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Dr. Deussing has helped many people with a variety of psychological presentations including mood disorders, trauma, grief, addiction, & personality disorders. Currently, three of his primary focuses are Borderline Personality Disorder, Ketamine Therapy, & Men's Mental Health. Dr. Deussing's core competencies are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Modern Psychoanalysis, & Psychedelic Therapy. He is a creative clinician who uses a humanistic client-centered approach. Dr. Deussing is an expert group facilitator licensed to practice in 6 states (PA, NJ, DE, CO, FL, & HI). He also provides training, supervision, & consultation services.
Dr. Deussing has helped many people with a variety of psychological presentations including mood disorders, trauma, grief, addiction, & personality disorders. Currently, three of his primary focuses are Borderline Personality Disorder, Ketamine Therapy, & Men's Mental Health. Dr. Deussing's core competencies are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Modern Psychoanalysis, & Psychedelic Therapy. He is a creative clinician who uses a humanistic client-centered approach. Dr. Deussing is an expert group facilitator licensed to practice in 6 states (PA, NJ, DE, CO, FL, & HI). He also provides training, supervision, & consultation services.
(215) 478-6815 View (215) 478-6815
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Thomas A Bartlett
Psychologist, MA, FIPA
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Covid-19: Meet by Zoom or in person. For over 30 years, I have offered attentive and thoughtful psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in a comfortable home office with a private waiting area. My style has been described as welcoming, engaging, flexible and "serious yet playful". I work with a wide range of problems: work and relationships struggles, depression, anxiety, insomnia, alcohol abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, personality disorders and many other matters people bring up. I am slow to recommend medication, but work in concert with a number of psychiatrists should either of us believe medication might be beneficial.
Covid-19: Meet by Zoom or in person. For over 30 years, I have offered attentive and thoughtful psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in a comfortable home office with a private waiting area. My style has been described as welcoming, engaging, flexible and "serious yet playful". I work with a wide range of problems: work and relationships struggles, depression, anxiety, insomnia, alcohol abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, personality disorders and many other matters people bring up. I am slow to recommend medication, but work in concert with a number of psychiatrists should either of us believe medication might be beneficial.
(267) 419-6440 View (267) 419-6440
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David Juncos
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102  (Online Only)
I work with people who experience symptoms from a wide variety of clinical disorders (Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders, AD/HD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and others) and common non-clinical problems (perfectionism, self-criticism and shame, problematic anger, marital or relationship distress).
Hi - my name is David Juncos, I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in PA & NJ. Thank you for visiting my page, I take great pride in being able to help people work through their issues successfully! I believe the best therapy is a combination of an empathic interpersonal style with the proper application of evidence-based approaches. Together, we will work towards accomplishing your goals at your own pace, in a comfortable setting.
I work with people who experience symptoms from a wide variety of clinical disorders (Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders, AD/HD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and others) and common non-clinical problems (perfectionism, self-criticism and shame, problematic anger, marital or relationship distress).
Hi - my name is David Juncos, I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in PA & NJ. Thank you for visiting my page, I take great pride in being able to help people work through their issues successfully! I believe the best therapy is a combination of an empathic interpersonal style with the proper application of evidence-based approaches. Together, we will work towards accomplishing your goals at your own pace, in a comfortable setting.
(484) 613-3489 View (484) 613-3489
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Valerie Anne Davis
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19151
I specialize in Anger Management, Depression, Finding Happiness, Personality Disorders such as ADHD, Autism, and OCD, Relationships, Grief, Self-Esteem, Marriage, Self-Defeat, etc.
I specialize in helping clients to become focused as they set their goals through the challenging events that is taking place in their lives. I help them to see that they do not have to be in fear when it comes to setting their goals. They can relax while setting their goals one at a time at a pace that is comfortable for them.
I specialize in Anger Management, Depression, Finding Happiness, Personality Disorders such as ADHD, Autism, and OCD, Relationships, Grief, Self-Esteem, Marriage, Self-Defeat, etc.
I specialize in helping clients to become focused as they set their goals through the challenging events that is taking place in their lives. I help them to see that they do not have to be in fear when it comes to setting their goals. They can relax while setting their goals one at a time at a pace that is comfortable for them.
(267) 613-9514 View (267) 613-9514

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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.