Personality Disorder

The term Personality Disorder is a contentious one but essentially refers to a broad pattern of difficulties that are persistent over time, problematic (for both the person and often for relatives/friends) and pervasive (e.g. impact on a number of different areas of a person’s life for example sense of self, relationships, work etc).

We offer assessment and treatment for Personality Disorders in our clinics in Godalming (near Guildford), Surrey and Haywards Heath in West Sussex.

Types and Symptoms of Personality Disorders

Recovering from Personality Disorders

The most effective way of managing the difficulties associated with Personality Disorder is psychological therapy. This normally lasts at least six months, often longer, depending on the severity of the difficulties and other co-existing problems.
Psychological Treatments for Personality Disorders include:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has proved successful in helping people reduce impulsive self-harming behaviours, especially in BPD. DBT is designed to help you balance emotional instability, manage distress and build healthy stable relationships. It focuses on behavior change through building new skills and thus assumes that many of the difficulties that people with BPD experience are due to skills deficits, although some people may have skills but might struggle to implement them especially in times of stress.

The psychologists working at The Psychology Company are trained and experienced DBT practitioners however as DBT combines group and individual work we are not currently able to offer the full package of DBT but our individual work can be informed by DBT principles and skills.

Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy has a strong and growing research base that shows it can be helpful in creating lasting change for people with longstanding and complex difficulties that are typical of personality disorder. Schema Therapy has been shown to be helpful for people with BPD but also the other personality Disorders. Compared to DBT, Schema Therapy works more with the origins of the difficulties and helps people to make sense of what can be experienced as changeable/confusing thoughts, feelings and behavior. Behavior change is seen to come after emotional change so this schema therapy can be more emotionally focused than some other therapeutic approaches.

Dr Olivia Thrift is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and Supervisor (the highest level of certification currently possible) and Justine Pulver is currently undertaking the certification process but has undertaken extensive schema training and supervision over the last several years.

Assessment & Treatment

We offer assessment and treatment for Personality Disorders in our clinics in Godalming (near Guildford), Surrey and Haywards Heath in West Sussex.
If you would like to arrange an initial confidential telephone conversation for you or someone you know, please get in touch.

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