Personality Disorders

For people in Denver, Colorado area, treatment for personality disorders can help them to develop more satisfying relationships and feel more in control of their own emotions. Dr. Cole offers a specialized and integrative approach for the treatment of personality disorders.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please call Dr. Cole at 720-675-7918 or email at trey.cole16@gmail.com.

What is a Personality Disorder?

The term “personality disorder” is a bit of a misnomer, broadly used to classify long-term relationship difficulties and patterns of behavior or emotion that feel either overly inflexible or chaotic. Personality disorders that are commonly heard of usually include: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Narcissistic Personality Disoder (NPD), Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD), or Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD). Symptoms and duration of personality disorders are different for each person, but some common signs may include:

  1. Difficulty relating to others in a manner that causes a great deal of distress
  2. Difficulty forming or maintaining close personal relationships
  3. Impulsive behavior or strong emotional outbursts
  4. Abrupt and extreme mood changes
  5. An unstable self-image or rapid changes in identity
  6. Chronic feelings of emptiness and fears of being abandoned
  7. Strong sensitivity to failure and feelings of insecurity

Dr. Cole’s Approach to Personality Disorders

I have never personally enjoyed the term “personality disorder,” as it’s very name implies that it is the sole problem of the individual suffering from it. Instead, I view a “personality disorder” through the lens that each person has a unique experience of the world and relationships around and him or her, and these difficulties associated with a “personality disorder” arise in the context of relationships with others who may have not met his or her needs, especially in earlier relationships. In therapy, I used my extensive training to create a safe and validating environment where you can experiment with new ways of being and relating. In this way, you no longer have to struggle through relationships and feel out of control in your life, rather you can can learn to thrive in them and feel personal sense of meaning and purpose.