Residential Treatment for Avoidant Personality Disorder

Residential Treatment for Avoidant Personality Disorder

Women with avoidant personality disorder (APD) often experience chronic self-esteem issues that make social interactions painful. Their problems socializing and communicating can lead to a lifetime of avoidant behavior, and their lack of meaningful contact with other people may leave them feeling lonely and unhappy. While avoidant personality disorder is a persistent condition, with superior mental health treatment its most unpleasant effects can be managed or eliminated. Residential treatment for avoidant personality disorder at Helix Treatment Centers has helped many women overcome APD, giving them a second chance to find happiness and fulfillment.

Avoidant personality disorder interferes with social behavior and makes it hard to form or maintain successful relationships. Women with avoidant personality disorder can have serious self-esteem issues that make social interactions awkward and uncomfortable, to the point where avoiding interpersonal contact seems like the most reasonable response.

Like all personality disorders, APD is a chronic and persistent condition that defines self-image and makes its presence felt on a daily basis. Despite its tenacity, however, avoidant personality disorder will respond to personalized, carefully targeted treatment services.

With the empathic and expert assistance of our team at Helix, women with APD can alter their perspectives on themselves and their lives. Gender-specific treatment plans at Helix are comprehensive, evidence-based, and administered with deep compassion and understanding.

Treatment for Avoidant Personality Disorder at Helix

When you have avoidant personality disorder, any type of social encounter can be stressful. The anticipation of such an encounter is often enough to cause significant distress, creating an inescapable anxiety trap that makes social avoidance a logical response.

Women with APD may have a few close relationships with family members or long-time friends. But for the most part, they struggle mightily to communicate and connect with others. Their damaged self-esteem manifests as a lack of self-confidence, preventing them from expressing themselves openly and honestly for fear of being negatively judged or rejected.

For women with avoidant personality disorder, social performances are stressful and exhausting. Because APD is rooted in enormous self-doubt, social situations are seen as threats rather than opportunities. Poor social performance can seem catastrophic from the perspective of a person with APD, since it reinforces their deepest feelings of inferiority and inadequacy. Avoidance is an outgrowth of such fears and insecurities, and it will continue indefinitely regardless of its negative consequences.

Personality disorders are the most firmly rooted of all mental health conditions. But they’re still amenable to treatment if therapists are patient, empathic, knowledgeable, and experienced. Our highly skilled and trained mental health experts offer the very best in evidence-based, gender-specific treatment services for avoidant personality disorder, in a warm and welcoming environment where transcendence and transformation are truly possible.

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatment?

Avoidant personality disorder is a lonely and isolating condition. When it defines your reality, you may have trouble seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

Your APD has held you back for a long time. But it doesn’t have to continue forever. Recovery from avoidant personality disorder is possible with comprehensive treatment, as long as your treatment plan is personalized to meet your unique needs and address your specific concerns.

At Helix, we specialize in this type of approach. Our treatment plans include a range of high-quality therapies and services, all of which have helped other women develop immunity to the most debilitating effects of APD.

If you come to Helix for gender-specific APD treatment, we’ll build an all-inclusive treatment program that will fully address your avoidant personality disorder, along with any co-occurring conditions that may have been diagnosed (people with APD frequently have other mental or behavioral health disorders as well).

In daily individual, group, and family therapy sessions, you’ll be introduced to a variety of effective treatment methodologies. Some of these options include:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

Confronting the truth about your avoidant personality disorder—and about the past traumas that may have spawned it—takes courage. You deserve respect and admiration for opposing your APD directly, and with the assistance of our world-class treatment professionals at Helix your chances of recovery from it are excellent.

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What to Expect the First Day

When you first arrive at Helix, you may have some uncertainty about what treatment entails. You may be nervous about how you’ll fit in, and about the demands that will be placed upon you. This is something we’re prepared for, and we’ll do everything in our power to make you feel accepted, appreciated, and understood from the moment you walk in the door.

The official admissions process at Helix is simple and we try to make it as stress-free as possible. Nevertheless, you’ll have the assistance of an intake specialist during this procedure who will answer all your questions and help you with your paperwork. After admissions, you’ll be able to check into your room, and you’ll have plenty of time to rest and relax before taking a tour of the facility.

During these initial explorations, you’ll have an opportunity to speak with staff members and meet the other women seeking gender-specific treatment at Helix. But you’ll be under no pressure to engage in extended dialogue or answer personal questions about your background. We know that communicating with new people can be difficult for someone with APD, and you’ll be treated with empathy and understanding right from the first day.

At Helix, there is great camaraderie and a strong sense of shared purpose. As you experience it and soak up the atmosphere, you’ll begin to feel more and more comfortable and at home. Whether you’re spending time in individual therapy with one of your counselors or interacting with other women in treatment during group therapy, you’ll be part of a caring and hospitable community where everyone is approachable and willing to help in any way they can.

The final formality on your first day is a comprehensive medical evaluation performed by an experienced staff psychiatrist. The information collected during this session will help us develop a customized treatment plan that offers targeted services for APD and any other conditions that may have been diagnosed.

At Helix, your empowerment is our primary mission. The hardest work is yours, but you’ll have our expert assistance every step of the way.

Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

Helix is a place to retreat, rest, and recuperate. Recovery from avoidant personality disorder requires a peaceful, welcoming environment where support is constant and unconditional, and that is exactly what Helix can provide.

Our small, six-bed facility for women is located in the lovely Mt. Helix neighborhood in San Diego, one of America’s most attractive cities. During your time with us, you’ll enjoy first-class accommodations and nutritious and delicious meals. When you’re not in therapy, you’ll have the chance to unwind or socialize in our bright, airy common areas, or outdoors under a canopy of trees during the day or beneath the star-filled skies at night. At Helix, the focus is on helping you heal in mind, body, and spirit, and the lovely surroundings will amplify and enhance your overall recovery experience.

While the facility is beautiful, it’s really the people that make Helix so special. The feeling of community here is palpable, and throughout the duration of your stay you’ll be warmly embraced by your peers and by the members of your treatment team.

At Helix, you’ll experience a profound personal transformation. We’ll act as your guides on this amazing journey to sustainable wellness and a healthier self-image.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

Up to now, your avoidant behavior has likely been your only coping mechanism against uncontrollable and uncomfortable anxiety. Your lack of human contact hasn’t brought you pleasure, yet it’s been hard for you to imagine a different way of living.

If you come to Helix, we can help you break the cycle of avoidance that’s prevented you from blossoming and fulfilling your true potential. Our full-service treatment plans for avoidant personality disorder and co-occurring conditions can offer you an avenue of escape, to a place where health, happiness, and meaningful relationships can become a normal part of your reality.

With our expert and sympathetic assistance, you can replace avoidance with eager anticipation and enthusiastic pursuit, of social encounters and anything else you desire. We can help you find freedom, opening a whole new world of endless possibilities.

Don’t let the effects of avoidant personality disorder control your life. We’re here for you…call us today.