Personality Disorders

"A unique tapestry of the human psyche"


At Nova Psychology in Edmonton, we specialize in providing comprehensive therapy services designed to support individuals in managing and coping with personality disorders. Our experienced and empathetic team of therapists employs evidence-based approaches to address the unique challenges associated with these conditions. Through personalized treatment plans, we focus on enhancing self-awareness, developing effective coping strategies, and fostering positive behavioural changes. Our therapeutic interventions aim to empower individuals to navigate interpersonal relationships, regulate emotions, and improve overall well-being. By creating a safe and non-judgmental space, Nova Psychology is committed to guiding individuals on their journey towards understanding, managing, and ultimately thriving in the face of personality disorders. We prioritize the holistic well-being of our clients, ensuring that they receive tailored and compassionate care to achieve lasting positive outcomes.

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Personality disorders are mental health conditions characterized by enduring patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that deviate significantly from cultural expectations and cause distress or impaired functioning. Some common personality disorders include:
    • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): Marked by intense mood swings, unstable self-image, impulsivity, and difficulties in forming stable relationships.
    • Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD): Characterized by a disregard for the rights of others, lack of empathy, impulsivity, and a history of conduct problems.
    • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD): Involves an inflated sense of self-importance, a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others.
    • Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD): Individuals with AvPD experience extreme social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and an intense fear of rejection.
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD): Different from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), OCPD involves perfectionism, rigidity, and an excessive focus on orderliness.
    • Schizoid Personality Disorder (SPD): Characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a preference for solitude, and emotional coldness.
    • Schizotypal Personality Disorder (STPD): Involves eccentric thoughts, behaviours, and difficulties forming close relationships, but without the more severe delusions or hallucinations seen in schizophrenia.
    • Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD): Individuals with HPD seek attention, are excessively emotional, and may be uncomfortable when they are not the center of attention.
    • Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD): Characterized by a pervasive psychological dependence on others, difficulty making decisions, and a fear of being abandoned.
    • Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD): Involves a pervasive distrust and suspicion of others, even when there is no evidence to support these beliefs.
It’s important to note that individuals may experience a range of symptoms, and the presentation of personality disorders can vary. Diagnosis and treatment should be conducted by qualified mental health professionals, often involving a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and support.


Therapy can be highly beneficial for individuals with personality disorders, offering a range of positive outcomes that contribute to improved well-being and functioning. Some key benefits of therapy for personality disorders include:
    • Enhanced Self-Awareness: Therapy provides individuals with a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behavioUral patterns, fostering increased self-awareness.
    • Improved Coping Strategies: Therapists work with clients to develop healthy coping mechanisms, enabling them to manage stress, regulate emotions, and navigate challenging situations more effectively.
    • Enhanced Interpersonal Skills: Individuals with personality disorders often face difficulties in relationships. Therapy focuses on improving communication skills, empathy, and the ability to form and maintain healthy connections with others.
    • Behavioural Changes: Through targeted therapeutic interventions, individuals can work towards modifying maladaptive behaviors, promoting more positive and adaptive responses to various situations.
    • Emotional Regulation: Many personality disorders involve challenges in regulating emotions. Therapy equips individuals with skills to identify, understand, and manage their emotions in a healthier way.
    • Reduced Impulsivity: For conditions characterized by impulsivity, therapy helps individuals develop strategies to control impulsive behaviors and make more thoughtful decisions.
    • Increased Empathy: Therapeutic interventions promote the development of empathy, enhancing the individual’s ability to understand and connect with the emotions of others.
    • Improved Self-Esteem: Therapy addresses distorted self-perceptions and negative self-talk, contributing to an improved sense of self-worth and self-esteem.


    • Stress Reduction: Learning effective stress management techniques is a crucial aspect of therapy for personality disorders, helping individuals cope with life’s challenges more resiliently.
    • Relationship Building: Therapy facilitates the development of healthier and more fulfilling relationships, addressing attachment issues and interpersonal difficulties often associated with personality disorders.
    • Medication Management: In some cases, therapy is complemented by medication management, providing a comprehensive approach to addressing symptoms and improving overall functioning.
    • Support for Co-occurring Conditions: Individuals with personality disorders may experience co-occurring conditions such as anxiety or depression. Therapy can address these comorbidities, contributing to a more holistic treatment approach.
    • Increased Insight: Therapy encourages individuals to gain insight into the root causes of their behaviors and challenges, fostering a greater understanding of themselves and their experiences.
    • Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills: Individuals develop effective problem-solving skills, enabling them to approach challenges in a more constructive and adaptive manner.
    • Long-Term Stability: Consistent therapy over time contributes to long-term stability, helping individuals manage and mitigate the impact of their personality disorder on their daily lives.
It’s important to note that the benefits of therapy are individualized, and the type of therapy may vary depending on the specific personality disorder and its unique challenges. A collaborative and client-centered approach with a qualified mental health professional is essential for maximizing these benefits.