Formerly referred to as Character Disorders, Personality Disorders are a group of disorders characterised by rigid and on-going patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaviour. The underlying beliefs that form these patterns are referred to as “maladaptive schemas”. The inflexibility and pervasiveness of these behavioural patterns often cause serious personal and social difficulties, as well as a general functional impairment.
Personality disorders are defined as “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it”. The onset of these patterns of behaviour can typically be traced back to adolescence and childhood.
At LifeConnexions each of our therapists are trained and experienced in Schema Therapy. Please go to this section in Our Approach for further information.