Personality Disorder Counselling

Personality disorder counselling that offers a comprehensive and personalised approach to help individuals manage and heal from their negative experiences. By developing coping skills, emotion regulation techniques, and interpersonal strategies, our therapy service aims to empower individuals with personality disorders to improve their emotional well-being, enhance their relationships, and achieve a greater sense of stability and fulfilment in their lives.

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Martina Luongo

Martina is committed to fostering a robust therapeutic bond with her clients based on trust and mutual support. She adopts a client-centered approach, prioritizing the individual’s distinctive requirements and tailoring therapy accordingly. Her goal is to create a personalized experience that truly addresses the client’s needs.

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    Understanding Personality Disorders

    Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by persistent and rigid patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that significantly impact a person’s life and interpersonal relationships. These disorders can deviate from social norms and cause distress and impairment in various areas of functioning. People with personality disorders often struggle with difficulties in self-identity, emotional regulation, impulse control, and maintaining stable relationships.

    Possible Causes

    Personality disorders remain enigmatic in the realm of mental health, posing a challenge for scientists seeking their causative roots. Several factors have emerged as potential contributors to their development:

    1. Genetics: Scientists are investigating a malfunctioning gene associated with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and exploring genetic links to traits like aggression, anxiety, and fear, which may underlie personality disorders.

    2. Brain Changes: Subtle brain differences have been identified in individuals with specific personality disorders. Altered amygdala functioning, responsible for processing fearful stimuli, has been linked to paranoid personality disorder. Additionally, studies on schizotypal personality disorder indicate a volumetric decrease in the frontal lobe of the brain.

    3. Childhood Trauma: Research suggests a connection between childhood traumas and the emergence of personality disorders. Childhood sexual trauma, for instance, is found to be prevalent among individuals with borderline personality disorder, while both borderline and antisocial personality disorders are linked to issues of intimacy and trust stemming from childhood abuse and trauma.

    4. Verbal Abuse: Childhood experiences of verbal abuse are linked to a higher likelihood of developing borderline, narcissistic, obsessive-compulsive, or paranoid personality disorders in adulthood.

    5. Cultural Factors: Personality disorders exhibit varying prevalence rates across different countries, suggesting potential cultural influences. Notably, low cases of antisocial personality disorders contrast with higher rates of cluster C personality disorders in Taiwan, China, and Japan.

    As research progresses, a deeper understanding of the complex interplay of these factors may pave the way for more effective interventions and treatments for personality disorders.

    It’s important to note that experiencing some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean a person has a personality disorder. However, if these symptoms persist for an extended period of time (typically two weeks or longer) and significantly interfere with daily functioning, it is recommended to seek professional help for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.