The severity of symptoms can vary from mild to extreme, but individuals who suffer from avoidant personality disorder (sometimes also called anxious personality disorder) may find it hard, or impossible, to form close relationships due to feelings of overwhelming anxiety and self-judgment. However, there are ways to overcome the struggles that stem from these emotions and thought patterns.
Avoidant personality disorder treatment draws from different therapeutic techniques, but every method employed is designed to help you overcome your fears and change damaging thought processes and behaviors that can leave you feeling controlled by your anxiety. Our caring therapists understand that asking for help is one of the first, and often scariest, steps toward taking control of your anxiety.
What you can expect with Avoidant Personality Disorder Therapy & Counseling
Foundations Counseling offers avoidant personality disorder therapy and counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.
Our counselors use different types of therapies for every patient, and they will work with you to determine the best course of action for your unique struggles. There is no universal timeline for the treatment of avoidant and anxious personality disorders, and your therapist will be there for you as long as necessary.
One of the most useful avoidant personality disorder treatments is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Using CBT, our avoidant personality disorder therapists will teach you how to recognize the underlying thought patterns and behaviors that make trusting and connecting with other people so difficult. Once those patterns are recognized you can learn exactly how to change them, too. CBT uses structured action steps to equip you with the skills to live a happier life, making it an easy-to-understand and straightforward treatment option.
When to Ask for Help
Knowing when to ask for help can be hard, especially if the thought of developing a new relationship with a therapist causes you to feel extreme nervousness. If you’re still unsure, try asking yourself the following questions:
- Has your fear of rejection caused you to isolate yourself from other people?
- Does your anxiety lead to trouble functioning fully at work and elsewhere?
- Do you avoid new experiences?
- Do you feel unsatisfied with the number of close relationships you have been able to develop due to your anxiety?
- Would you describe your self-image as “poor,” and has that caused you to withdraw from social interaction?
Anxious personality disorder can manifest itself in many different ways, but our experienced therapists can help you make a decision regarding treatment. If you are having difficulty successfully coping with everyday events, it’s time to ask for help.
Set up a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know would benefit from avoidant personality disorder therapy and counseling, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.