Have you been diagnosed with a ‘Personality Disorder’?
Being told you have a personality disorder can feel terrible: it’s a pretty horrible label. But perhaps your perspective is more important than that of the doctor?
Person-centred therapy focuses on you, the individual, and what you are going through, rather than on the label. So the issues get managed, but without the stigma. Many people have found it very helpful to talk with someone who can help you understand your difficulties in your own way. You can change how you see things, and gain a much clearer sense of who you really are, and who those around you really are. Life can feel so much more comfortable and so much less alienating.
You’re not a freak after all 🙂
I can help you to make sense of the difficulties that you are going through, in your own terms, and find the solutions that are right for you. The person-centred approach to therapy, counselling and coaching is based on the idea that the capacity to find the right questions and answers lie in you. I will help you find the answers that are right for you.
My role as therapist is to provide the environment that helps you to gain the insights and confidence that you need to grow as a person. You will not be patronised, because you are the best expert on you.
Why have I included these Disorders on One Page?
Please note that the person-centred approach to therapy is not dependent on medical diagnostic categories such as ‘disorders’. It is for this reason that I have grouped related conditions on this page. Medical style psychiatric diagnoses (i.e. guesses), and related ‘sausage-machine’ treatments (i.e. guesses based on guesses) are increasingly recognised as scientifically invalid and are often detrimental to a person’s sense of who they are. They also tend to ignore what is causing the problem in the first place – past or present difficulties in relationships and society and their impacts on our sense of self: how we orient ourselves in relation to what we truly want, what we feel we should do, and our sense of ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ in the world.
Everyone is unique so there are many different ways in which a particular set of diagnostic symptoms can come about. The person-centred approach recognises this and so places greater emphasis on what it all means for the client rather than trying to impose a narrow, medicalised perspective (or checklist!) onto a person’s own perspective.
More discussion on the merits of the person-centred (psychological) approach versus the medical one can be found on the FAQ page.
“My life was very chaotic. I never knew what was most important and kept bouncing around hurting others and myself. Tim seemed to care about me more than I cared about myself. He helped me slow my thinking so that I can see the colours between the black and the white, and choose which one feels best. I find it easier to know what I want and to tell people.”