ERP 180: What If I Think My Partner Has A Personality Disorder? An Interview with Gabrielle Usatynski

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Guest Gabrielle Usatynski:

Gabrielle Usatynski, MA, is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Power Couples Counseling in Boulder, CO. She has been in private practice since 2008 and specializes in couples therapy. She is trained in PACT (a Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy).

Gabrielle has been named 2018 and 2019 Best Marriage Counselor of Louisville by the Louisville Awards Program. She teaches a masterclass on personality disorders in couples therapy to other clinicians in the Boulder area.

(Please listen to the podcast episode or read the transcript to hear explanations, stories and examples.)

In this episode, Gabrielle Usatynski and Dr. Jessica Higgins discuss:

  • What it means for a person to have a personality disorder.
  • How a personality disorder develops.
  • The evolution of our understanding of personality disorders over time.
  • Mistakes we tend to make when trying to learn if our partner has a personality disorder.
  • What to keep in mind when looking for a good partner and what to focus on when developing a quality relationship.
  • How to have a good relationship with someone who has a personality disorder.

“We don’t do things differently with people who have personality disorders than we do with people who don’t. We’re still holding the same container for people to create relationships that are based on safety and security, that are based on distress relief, fostering each other’s wellbeing, boosting each other’s self-esteem – these types of principles that couples can subscribe to, because we know that’s what makes relationships work.” — Gabrielle Usatynski

Change occurs … “when they choose to commit to something greater than themselves, and that is the relationship.” — Gabrielle Usatynski

Connect with Gabrielle Usatynski, MA:


Book: How to Stop Stressful Fights with Your Partner (*Amazon Affiliate link) 


Connect with Dr. Jessica Higgins:  

Twitter: @DrJessHiggins
Email:[email protected]

TRANSCRIPT: ERP 180: What if I Think my Partner Has a Personality Disorder? An Interview With Gabrielle Usatynski

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