How do therapists characterize personality types?

How do therapists classify the type of personality their clients have? What characteristics do they look at to decide what type of personality the client has? I've read about this online, but I'd like to understand this from a therapist's point of view.

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

In my therapy practice I avoid characterizing people except for whether or not they are self-harming or a risk to harm other people.

As long as someone is sincerely trying to know more about themselves my work is help the person clarify who they really are and how their true self may be quite different than the life the person created for themselves, based on satisfying other people's standards.

In broad terms, personality disorders have stock characteristics which change very minimally over time instead of  uniqueness  which constantly flows and changes with circumstances over time.

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