Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are a type of mental health condition in which a person has long-term patterns of behavior and thought that are unhealthy and inflexible. Personality disorders are rare and usually greatly interfere with life and cause serious problems with personal relationships and work. Generally, individuals suffering from personality disorders are socially isolated and distrustful. They may have difficulty making friends and tend to have mood swings, poor impulse control, turbulent relationships, and angry outbursts. There are a number of different personality disorders (paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic, avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive) and the symptoms of each disorder are different and can range from mild to severe. Sometimes people suffering from a personality disorder do not realize they have one because their way of acting and thinking seems normal to them. No one knows what exactly causes personality disorders, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Seeing a mental health professional is an important part of treatment for individuals who have personality disorders, which often get worse without help.

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Cary (Lazara) Coll

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Gain insight into your emotions, thought patterns, and actions as a means of obtaining relief from the negative impact of Personality Disorders. I utilize an eclectic approach including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

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Zach Wendell (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have extensive experience working with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, specifically in my role as ongoing psychotherapist at Bellevue Hospital and in College Counseling Center Unity Center for Behavioral Health – Emergency Department - Portland, OR 09/2020-Present Bellevue Hospital – Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic - NY, NY 06/2019-07/2020 DBT Training: Distress Tolerance – Emotions/Impulsivity, Mindfulness, Crisis Survival, Radical Acceptance - NY, NY

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Diana Oxley, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have advanced training in helping clients overcome patterns of behavior that stem from their childhood experience and limit their effectiveness and creativity.

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Joyce Yuan, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Personality disorders are conditions in which people have trouble relating to others and managing emotions, in a consistent way over time. Sub-types include borderline and narcissistic personality disorder. I have had success treating these conditions with a combination of skills-based Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and interpersonal therapy.

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Joan Laguzza, LCSW Joie PDX Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Disordered personality traits can result in maladaptive coping skills that negatively impact relationships. They can make it hard to achieve desired outcomes in life and work. I strive to create a non-judgmental space to develop better coping and more successful strategies to satisfy your needs.

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Sunya Grantham

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

I work with couples and families who are living with a loved one who is diagnosed with a personality disorder. I address the feeling of 'walking on eggshells' typically described by loved ones. I also recognize the very real fear of rejection and heightened emotional sensitivity characteristic of BPD. Therapy includes elements of DBT, developing a wise mind approach, and effective communication tools.

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Henry Cameron (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have studied, reviewed literature and blogged about the topic of adult children of narcissists (ACON) for several years now. I am moved deeply by the struggles around identity, confidence, and self acceptance that ACONS can find themselves in, as well as how adult children of alcoholics often can have similar struggles.

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Jenna Rasmussen

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been intensively trained by BTech (the company owned by DBT founder Marsha Linehan) in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). This treatment was specifically designed to help those struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is one of my favorite things to practice due to the enormous success my clients have had with it.

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Philip Kolba, MA LMHC NCC

Professional Counselor

Whereas so-called personality disorders are generally considered a permanent pattern of dysfunctional behaviour, I subscribe to the perspective that they are a set of coping strategies, often borne of trauma, that have grown more harmful than beneficial, and can be modified. I specialize in helping people with narcissistic personality disorder or narcissistic features, as well as their families.

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