What personality disorders are
- Marked by distorted thinking patterns, problematic emotional responses, exaggerated or under-regulated impulse control, and interpersonal effectiveness over an extended period of time.
- Organized into three different “Clusters” based on corresponding characteristics within each “Cluster”.
- Cluster A, characterized by extreme distorted thinking, social awkwardness, and social withdrawal, includes: Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal Personality Disorders.
- Cluster B, characterized by emotional dysregulation and poor impulse control, includes: Borderline, Narcissistic, Histrionic Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorders.
- Cluster C, characterized by pervasive feelings of fear and anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative assessment, includes: Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders (adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition).
Our program philosophy
- Comprehensive and strengths-based
- Includes (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, and clinical director
- Incorporates elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy
- Interventions may include pharmacology, when appropriate
Goals for therapy
- Identify dysregulation and gain skills to emotionally regulate
- Learn and regularly implement practices of mindfulness (largely adapted from Diane Gehart)
- Attend to and develop relationships (based on work of Marsha Linehan)
- Recognize anxiety-inducing cognitive distortions
- Learn distraction or self-soothing skills
- Practice assertiveness and appropriate communication skills
- Balance “wants” vs. “needs” (based on work of Marsha Linehan)
- Reduce unhealthy defense mechanisms/reactions and impulsivity
- Accept reality (based on work of Marsha Linehan)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, interpersonal therapy. Learn more about Magnolia Creek’s clinical modalities.
- I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman, Hal Straus
- The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder: Understanding the Overly Rigid, Controlling Person by Martin Kantor, MD