Personality Disorder Therapy

Personality Disorder Therapy

personality disorders but the reality is that this is the world we lived in until a few decades ago. Today counselors know that people with personality disorders have many options available to them.

You are not alone

Having a personality disorder can feel isolating but according to the American Psychological Association, as many as 3 out of 10 patients who seek help for mental health issues have some type of personality disorder. Today most personality disorders fall into one of three groups:

  1. Anxious and fearful behaviors are classified into one group, which includes obsessive-compulsive personality disorder as well as an avoidant personality disorder.
  2. Borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder are both examples of personality disorders categorized by dramatic, emotional, and erratic behaviors.
  3. Patients with schizoid personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and other disorders categorized by eccentric and / or odd behavior are in one group.

While most personality disorders fall under one of these categories there are some that defy categorization.

It all starts with getting feelings under control

It’s true that every client has unique needs but it’s also true that most treatment plans for personality disorders begin with getting the client’s emotions controlled. This can include talk therapy and / or medications.

Core beliefs are a central part of personality disorders

People with a personality disorder often need to deal with their core beliefs, which are beliefs they hold about themselves, someone close to them, or the world and these beliefs are both rigid and inflexible. Generally, they’re developed over time, starting in childhood, and clients are unable to see information that conflicts with these beliefs. They can only recognize things that support their beliefs.

One of the roles of a therapist is to assist clients as they learn about their core beliefs, investigate their sources, and find ways to explore them further. Thriveworks D.C. Counseling and Coaching is here to provide the customized help our clients need.

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