Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Victoria, BC

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Alexine Papp
Counsellor, MACF, RCC, CCC
Verified
Verified
Alexine has years of experience working with unique and complex individuals from general psychiatry and community populations, spanning a wide range of ages. Working with a trauma informed foundation with a multi-modal approach allows for sessions to be individually tailored and collaborative. Alexine specializes in complex trauma, mood disorders with a focus on bipolar , emotional dysregulation, and anxiety.
(778) 762-3223
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Victoria, BC V8V
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Amanda Fowler
BScN, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
This may be your first time working with a therapist or maybe a venture away from avenues you've explored so far. I'm happy to meet you at any stage of your journey and offer kindness and empathy while walking that path with you. In particular, I have a compassionate understanding of the struggles known by those experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD/CPTSD, bipolar disorder , OCD, BPD, grief, and difficulty with relationships, self-esteem, and intimacy. I’ve worked extensively with first responders and military. Under unbearable weight, I understand that addiction and self-harming patterns are often a means of coping.
(587) 608-5822
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Victoria, BC V8X
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Bryan Milonja
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
In my practice I work with adults (individuals, couples, families) and I provide clinical consultation/supervision to therapists. My specialty areas include complex trauma & PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder , social anxiety, men's issues, intimate relationships, family conflict, and young/midlife adulthood. I also help people navigate a wide range of challenges related to identity, relationship to self/others, grief/loss, stress/burnout, & addiction. My clinical background includes working as a therapist at an early psychosis & bipolar clinic, an addictions and criminality recovery program, and a men's trauma centre.
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Victoria, BC V8Z
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Lenka Zdrazilova
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Brain injuries or adverse life events can significantly impact the brain's ability to self-regulate and this gives rise to difficult mental states such as anxiety, depression, rage, irritability, difficulties with attention and mental focus, etc. Patients who seek treatment from me often carry labels such as bipolar disorder , personality disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, etc. Regardless of labels, the core symptom that majority struggle with is extreme level of emotional arousal that the nervous system has difficulty inhibiting. They feel either "jacked" (or hijacked) or energetically/emotionally collapsed.
(587) 410-7386
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Victoria, BC V8N
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Sam Rumak
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues? I am here to help you. I primarily offer therapy via videoconference or telephone to adults living in British Columbia. I have experience and enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and those with complex presentations. I am skilled at helping individuals manage depression, bipolar , generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive, compulsive disorder, skin picking or hair pulling, psychosis, work stress and anxiety related to life changes.
(236) 349-1076
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Victoria, BC V8W
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Tanise Ambers
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
Verified
The deepest desire of a human is to belong…to be heard…and to be accepted… Sometimes life presents us with difficulties that are tough to manage or resolve on our own. There are times when we need to ask for help in order to find ourselves and to move forward. As a person and a counsellor, I know that life’s challenges can happen at all stages of our lives at multiple levels and that every situation is unique to us alone. Circumstances that can challenge how we think, how we perceive, how we believe and how we respond.
(778) 761-2481
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Victoria, BC V8Z
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Ben Bjorgaard
Counsellor, PhDc, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
By addressing troubling thoughts and feelings, self-sabotaging behaviors, and traumas, life can be made more manageable, productive, and fulfilling. Feelings such as grief, shame, anxiety, sadness, and anger often signal that something needs to change. Listening to and working with these feelings—some that consume us and others that gently nudge us—can move us forward. Through this, we sometimes discover that our everyday dilemmas are part of larger patterns waiting to be resolved as a whole.
(819) 414-1085
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Victoria, BC V9B
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Nathan MacRae
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified
Verified
As a queer-identified trans man, I am intimately aware of the unique needs of our community and want to help you craft a path forward to a healthy and fulfilling future. I am passionate about working with individuals with transgender, gender-diverse or LGBTQ2A+ identities and their partner(s) and families on challenges related to navigating the world with a marginalized identity, or in coping with other challenges (depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma) from a place of understanding. I also offer gender-affirming hormone (HRT) and surgical assessments in BC and ON with no waitlist and quick report turnaround.
(604) 330-0117
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Victoria, BC V8T
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Oona Tiplady
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified
Verified
I offer evidence based, compassionate and collaborative psychological treatment for teens, adults and couples. I seek to create a safe, nurturing relationship so that my clients can process, explore, and heal from the challenges that are keeping them stuck.
(778) 901-6751
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Victoria, BC V8V
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Lori Cunningham
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sometimes life throws us a curve ball that we have a difficult time managing on our own. The good new is we don't have to, and you have taken the first step. I know it can sometimes feel like there’s no way out and this is just the way you are, but I’m here to tell you, it’s not and there is. Together we are going to work to breakthrough the things that have been bringing you down, getting in your way, and holding you back –Collaboratively, we will work to help you gain the skills and confidence needed to live your best life possible. I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgemental counselling environment. Pet friendly.
(778) 766-4832
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Victoria, BC V8Z
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Dana Clavette
Counsellor, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Have you lived overseas, experienced trauma, PTSD, burn out, or would like to be living a life that you dream of? I believe in your resiliency and capacity to overcome challenges and create dynamic, transformative changes in your own life and in the world around you, no matter how big or small you want them to be. Taking the time to rest, recognize new shifts and steps can be an impactful momentum builder to help work towards the change that you would like to happen. By working through your barriers or creating a clear vision, you can bring your life into closer alignment with your dreams.
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Victoria, BC V8T
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Timothy J Pare
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
In over thirty years working as a psychologist, I have become convinced that the most effective way to help others is through a collaborative approach. When the client and therapist work together to find solutions, the emphasis is placed on the client’s individual perspective and the strengths and successes they have already achieved. At the core of therapy, I believe, is a non-judgemental and compassionate view of how everyone’s personal journey involves overcoming suffering and moving towards self-acceptance, empowerment and emotional well- being.
(825) 435-1029
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Victoria, BC V8V
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Katherine Howell
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
Verified
Do you live with sensory sensitivity, a mood or personality disorder, or a developmental or physical disability? Have your diverse needs caused significant changes or loss related to your health, spirituality, work, status, hobbies, or social life? In the most challenging of times, it’s easy to lose touch with your sense of self, safety, and hope; it can be hard to see where you have choice. But what if you could lighten the burden you carry — a little at a time — creating more space in your life for the things that nourish you? What if you gained more clarity around the choices you can make to start building a new life experience?
(431) 441-2741
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Victoria, BC V8W
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Flowa Grace Therapy
Counsellor, MPsych, BA, CHN
Verified
Verified
Working from a body-mind framework, you are able to move through and release blocks that are holding you back from living your most authentic and purposeful life. Online, in-office, and nature therapy for individuals, couples, and families is offered. "I felt heard as I talked with her. I was a able to let go and fully express what I needed to say and I felt comfortable and safe." - FL “I would recommend Flowa to anyone. She is an expert at creating a warm and accepting space; allowing you to heal and release the thoughts and energies you need." - SC
(604) 409-4226
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Victoria, BC V8V
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Kenneth (Ken) Marchtaler
Counsellor, DOPC, CLC
Verified
Verified
Are you stuck between where you are, and where you would like to be? Life can be challenging and sometimes all we need is to share our story and consider what opportunities exist for us today. Examining our beliefs and considering the possibilities creates hope for our future. My work is directed towards helping clients better manage challenges such as anxiety, worry, fear, depression, anger, relationship conflict, addiction, trauma, life transitions, loss and grief, energy regulation, and to create better opportunities for the future. A life of health, happiness and harmony - isn't that what we looking for?
(873) 363-1116
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Victoria, BC V8R
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Deborah Pawar
Counsellor, BA, MEd, RCC
Verified
Verified
Deborah has been living and working in B.C. including Northern B.C., and the Lower Mainland for over 20 years. She currently resides in South Vancouver Island with her family, where she embraces the beautiful surroundings of the Lekwungen People’s territory. Deborah applies a strength-based and holistic approach to her clinical practice, and is trained in evidence-based individual, couples and family therapies to help children, youth, adults and families find their path toward healing and wellness.
(778) 588-9520 x3
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Victoria, BC V8W
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Kristine Bowden
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you feeling filled with self-doubt, not living your life to the fullest, or like you can’t turn off your thoughts? Are you finding it difficult to cope with life or relationships and feel out of balance or disconnected? Perhaps you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed with aspects of your life. Feeling weighed down by stress, fear, self-criticism, sadness or pain. Maybe you are looking for support to find ways and strategies to manage your emotions, to become more in tune with yourself, to find your compassionate voice and to cope with stress so you feel empowered to challenge negative self-beliefs and take back control of your life.
(587) 874-5674
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Victoria, BC V9B
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Jennifer Meikle
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
*Currently accepting new clients* Traumatic life events come in many forms. People feel powerless and groundless; often experiencing life on autopilot. If you experienced a traumatic event as a child or the care you received involved toxic amounts of stress, abuse or neglect, a variety of attachment wounds can interfere with your present-day relationships, parenting abilities, and general well-being. Experiencing loss, rejection, abandonment, abuse or neglect disrupts development and changes our focus to survival. There is no timeline for healing from trauma, but it is possible to recover and create the life you desire.
(548) 900-0586
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Victoria, BC V9E
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Synergia Counselling and Consulting
Counsellor, RCC, MA, MREM
Verified
Verified
I draw from a range approaches depending upon your needs and preferences. Among them are cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal neurobiological ideas, family systems therapy, and attachment theory. It is common for clients to arrive with issues identified only to discover that there are other deeper and more fundamental issues which underlie them. I work at a pace compatible with your ability to integrate change. I am gentle and encouraging, but firm and forthright. I provide a free initial consultation so you can determine whether you feel comfortable with me. My aim is for you to feel welcome, safe and comfortably challenged.
(888) 743-1028
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Victoria, BC V8T
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Carla Mae Leuschen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MPA, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
I work with clients whom wish to push the boundaries of “normal” to uncover & deconstruct the root causes of their suffering. Many of the people that I work with are dealing with major depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, and overall frustration with the current state of society and the environment. The clients that I see often present to me with symptoms such as feeling blocked, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, alone, and powerless in their life. I support clients to transform their pain into strength so that they can live a more fulfilled life.
(778) 743-5005
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Victoria, BC V8V
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Bipolar Disorder Counsellors

What is the most successful approach to treating bipolar disorder?

Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, and a number of therapies have been found effective in providing support to patients as they gain the skills to understand and manage the disorder. Family-focused therapy is often helpful for children and teens (the majority of cases develop before age 19); it aims to minimize mood cycling by improving family communication and reducing conflict. It also helps young people navigate the developmental challenges the disorder can create. Cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) and variants such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) help patients manage the thoughts and feelings that influence bipolar mood swings as well as develop specific behavioral strategies to counteract them.

What happens in therapy for bipolar disorder?

Because the patterns of mood switching and its triggers differ for each person and can change over time, mood tracking or monitoring becomes a basic way patients learn about the nature of their condition. One of the most common features of therapy is finding a workable method of mood monitoring, in which patients track their daily activities and rate their moods, then use the findings to adjust routines accordingly. Patients learn ways of handling the many stresses that arise in life so that they do not trigger mood swings.

What kinds of problems does therapy help with?

Like many other mental health disorders, BPD is heavily influenced by stress; therapy provides skills for coping with stressors of all kinds. Therapy is extremely important for helping individuals identify the situations that may trigger mood switching, so that mood swings can be prevented. Therapy may especially target recognition of the early stages of mood change so that they can be managed. In addition, therapy helps patients deal with the significant amount of turbulence the disorder can create in relationships and in work life.

What is the goal of therapy for bipolar disorder?

Therapy helps patients set up their lives to maintain stability so that their mood isn’t constantly threatened by daily events. Perhaps the first task of therapy is to educate people about the nature of the disorder. At the same time, a primary goal of therapy is to enhance adherence to drug treatment. Extended periods of mood stability can prompt patients to discontinue medication, triggering relapse, while the early phases of manic episodes can feel so energizing that patients stop medication, ushering in full-blown mania and the altered self-perception that can lead to destructive behaviors. Another major goal of therapy is to understand one’s mood patterns so as to minimize both the frequency and intensity of mood cycling.