Thankfully, as a counselor who does not work with insurance companies, I don’t have to give people a diagnosis from the DSM-IV. However, labels can be useful when you’re trying to get an idea of what might be going on with a person. They are helpful for thinking about a conglomeration of symptoms and the best form of treatment.
If you’re like me, you see a list of symptoms and say, “Oh no, that’s me.”
All of us have been compulsive or passive aggressive, or had feelings of abandonment at times.
Even if you have some of the symptoms, it takes a very specific set of criteria in order to meet a full-blown diagnosis. It helps to think of your symptoms on a continuum, and it’s best not to label yourself. Only a skilled clinician can determine if you meet the criteria to be diagnosed with a Personality Disorder.
Each person is a complex blend of physiology (body parts and how they function) and a set of life experiences. Remember, diagnoses are man made ideas. My view is that God crafted people in complex and distinct ways. Still, I hope you’ll find these videos helpful.
There are hundreds of therapy approaches. I have listed several of the most popular types of counseling. Today most counselors are trained in many approaches, therefore are apt to be counseling from an eclectic stance, pulling the best from many models. Each model has benefits and drawbacks, and counselors tend to lean towards approaches that fit their personality.