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We understand mental illness and the difficulties it creates for those who suffer from it. At our San Diego Mental Health Treatment Center we are sensitive to your challenges. Solara will find every possible solution to enable you to live the life that you are meant to live.


Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment in San Diego

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is characterized by intense feelings of inadequacy or incompetence, extreme fear of being alone and severe helplessness. For people struggling with DPD, these feelings can seem relentless and inescapable, constantly keeping them from living full, self-sufficient lives.

Solara Mental Health understands the unique challenges that dependent personality disorder presents and has created a specialized therapeutic program to promote long-lasting relief and recovery in the lives of those with DPD. Our combination of individual psychotherapy, group therapy, holistic therapies, and psychiatric counseling allows clinicians to develop comprehensive, individualized, and flexible treatment plans for each veteran.

Through these plans, veterans are empowered to identify roadblocks on their path to healing, find ways to break down those roadblocks, and ultimately build up their sense of security and self-confidence.

Dependent Personality Disorder Symptoms

One of the most common personality disorders, dependent personality disorder usually manifests itself in early adulthood. The disorder heavily impacts the formation and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. Those with DPD have extremely low self-esteem, an intense fear of being abandoned, and noticeable helplessness. 

As such, people with dependent personality disorder are heavily reliant on others, depending on them for everything from help getting through everyday tasks, making simple choices, and even maintaining a sense of self. For some with DPD, this dependence is so deeply ingrained that they may enter into—and remain in—damaging or abusive relationships because the fear of confrontation or abandonment runs so deep.

Symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder vary from individual to individual, but can include the following:

  • Inability to make choices without asking for help from others
  • Avoiding disagreements or conflict out of fear of being abandoned
  • The constant need for reassurance
  • Lack of self-sufficiency
  • Disproportionate anxiety about interpersonal relationships ending and extreme turmoil when they do
  • Strong feelings of inadequacy, low self-confidence, and little self-trust

Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment

Each treatment is personalized and created based on each patient’s diagnosis, the most common dependent personality treatments include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Usually known as psychotherapy or usually referred to as “talk therapy”, is the most common method to treat dependent personality disorder. CBT is a therapeutic practice designed to help people with mental health disorders address their current struggles and negative thoughts – learning to accept the things and situations they cannot change and take control of the things they can.

Psychodynamic Therapy 

The psychological interpretation of mental and emotional processes is known as psychodynamic therapy. Based on traditional psychoanalysis, it incorporates ego psychology, object relations, and self-psychology. An alternative to psychoanalysis, it is simpler and less time-consuming. 

Solara’s Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment for Veterans

Solara Mental Health in San Diego is focused on giving veterans a supportive and safe environment to recover from their Dependent Personality Disorder. Our mental health treatment facility recognizes that each veteran will have their own personal needs, and we will customize their treatment plan to help with their specific diagnosis and symptoms.

Solara Mental Health is VA-contracted, which gives us the unique opportunity to help veterans with their mental health needs, including Dependent Personality Disorder treatment. As long as authorization is approved, we provide housing, transportation, and accommodations.

Solara Mental Heath’s Staff

The staff at our mental health treatment center understand how difficult these symptoms, both struggling with them and overcoming them, can be. To aid lasting recovery, Solara provides an inpatient program to veterans with dependent personality disorder, giving them a place away from both dependent relationships and damaging thought and behavior patterns. Away from these things, veterans can break destructive habits and learn new, healthy ones that will allow them to practice making independent decisions and build their self-confidence.

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable clinicians are familiar with the unique challenges that treating dependent personality disorder can present. As such, our clinicians are highly conscientious in all veteran interactions, ensuring that the veteran-therapist relationship does not become dependent. Similarly, the clinicians at our psychiatric facility create thorough and personalized treatment plans for each veteran, helping veterans delve into the roots of their dependency and develop new, healthy ways of managing symptoms. Through this process, veterans come to a fuller understanding of themselves and their worth, allowing them to build self-confidence, practice self-sufficiency, and create peaceful, healthy, and happy lives for themselves.

Healing at Solara Mental Health

While our veterans make considerable and rapid improvements, a dependent personality disorder is often a long-term condition. Through years of experience, our mental health treatment center has learned how to provide the entire spectrum of care for our veterans.  From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our veterans from the clutches of dependent personality disorder.

Contact us now to start the healing process.

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What Our Clients Say


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.