Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Phoenix, AZ

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Lisa Johnson
Counselor, LAC, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85050
I have specialized experience in working with Bipolar Disorder.
Are you looking for a nonjudgmental, safe space to learn skills to feel better? Clients that seek me out are often looking for support in managing intense emotions like anxiety, depression, and mania. They often feel powerless over their feelings. For children and teens, sometimes this is observed through behaviors like isolation, acting out, or self-harming. Many times they wish there was a magic pill that could just solve all their problems so they could not feel like they are simply surviving. As we work together we will improve coping skills, connect with meaning and purpose, manage distress and create a more fulfilling life.
I have specialized experience in working with Bipolar Disorder.
Are you looking for a nonjudgmental, safe space to learn skills to feel better? Clients that seek me out are often looking for support in managing intense emotions like anxiety, depression, and mania. They often feel powerless over their feelings. For children and teens, sometimes this is observed through behaviors like isolation, acting out, or self-harming. Many times they wish there was a magic pill that could just solve all their problems so they could not feel like they are simply surviving. As we work together we will improve coping skills, connect with meaning and purpose, manage distress and create a more fulfilling life.
(480) 508-8475 View (480) 508-8475
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Linda M. Cantley
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LISAC, MAC, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85040
I have have accumulated over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, focusing on their mental, physical, and emotional well-being to facilitate the healing and recovery journey. With a diverse background in addressing issues such as SUD, PTSD, Conflict Resolution, Bipolar Disorder, BPD, GAD, MDD, Crisis, Trauma, and Grief/Loss, I am dedicated to supporting you in achieving a sound meaningful and fulfilling life.
I have have accumulated over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, focusing on their mental, physical, and emotional well-being to facilitate the healing and recovery journey. With a diverse background in addressing issues such as SUD, PTSD, Conflict Resolution, Bipolar Disorder, BPD, GAD, MDD, Crisis, Trauma, and Grief/Loss, I am dedicated to supporting you in achieving a sound meaningful and fulfilling life.
(480) 660-4122 View (480) 660-4122
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Robin San George
Counselor, MA, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
Additionally, I have extensive experience working with adults of all ages with general mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor and have been working in behavioral health since 2013. I love making genuine connections with my clients while providing individualized guidance throughout the healing process. I strongly believe that helping people to realize and trust that they are not alone in their struggles or trauma is always such a beneficial first step in establishing a solid foundation in our work together.
Additionally, I have extensive experience working with adults of all ages with general mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor and have been working in behavioral health since 2013. I love making genuine connections with my clients while providing individualized guidance throughout the healing process. I strongly believe that helping people to realize and trust that they are not alone in their struggles or trauma is always such a beneficial first step in establishing a solid foundation in our work together.
(602) 663-9122 View (602) 663-9122
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Aynne Henry
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85018
I enjoy treating clients others may find trying - high conflict couples, bipolar, and medically ill.
My practice is unique. I treat two groups of clients: One is very high functioning - the highly successful professional who wants to improve personal strengths, interpersonal interactions, relationships, and intimacy. The second set are those who have been struggling with a diagnosable mental or physical illness that has not been effectively managed. Both may need various clinical treatments which include therapies such as Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (Couples & Family), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) or trauma oriented skills such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Feeling-State Addiction Therapy, Relaxation & Mindfulness.
I enjoy treating clients others may find trying - high conflict couples, bipolar, and medically ill.
My practice is unique. I treat two groups of clients: One is very high functioning - the highly successful professional who wants to improve personal strengths, interpersonal interactions, relationships, and intimacy. The second set are those who have been struggling with a diagnosable mental or physical illness that has not been effectively managed. Both may need various clinical treatments which include therapies such as Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (Couples & Family), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) or trauma oriented skills such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Feeling-State Addiction Therapy, Relaxation & Mindfulness.
(602) 957-2336 View (602) 957-2336
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Travis Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85014  (Online Only)
Currently, I am accepting new clients in AZ and WA State. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona and Oregon, and a LMHC (LPC equivalent) in Washington State, with a Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. I have 10 years of experience working with adults addressing various concerns including depression, anxiety/social phobia, bipolar, substance use, and PTSD.
Currently, I am accepting new clients in AZ and WA State. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona and Oregon, and a LMHC (LPC equivalent) in Washington State, with a Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. I have 10 years of experience working with adults addressing various concerns including depression, anxiety/social phobia, bipolar, substance use, and PTSD.
(602) 362-7613 View (602) 362-7613
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Lauren J Border
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW, MSW, BSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85023
I have worked with individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, trauma, and have directly served the perinatal population in Phoenix with training in trauma treatments and perinatal mood disorders.
Have you been feeling disconnected? Do you often shut-down emotionally, feel overwhelmed, panicked, or ashamed? Have you struggled in relationships, waiting for and expecting the other shoe to drop? Do you find yourself giving and giving, but getting little in return? Do you frequently criticize yourself or others? You are not alone, and you are not broken. You developed these patterns to help you survive pain and difficulty. In a safe and healing environment, we can learn about and shed unhealthy patterns. You can find safety in your body and connect with yourself so you can stop surviving and start living the life you deserve!
I have worked with individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, trauma, and have directly served the perinatal population in Phoenix with training in trauma treatments and perinatal mood disorders.
Have you been feeling disconnected? Do you often shut-down emotionally, feel overwhelmed, panicked, or ashamed? Have you struggled in relationships, waiting for and expecting the other shoe to drop? Do you find yourself giving and giving, but getting little in return? Do you frequently criticize yourself or others? You are not alone, and you are not broken. You developed these patterns to help you survive pain and difficulty. In a safe and healing environment, we can learn about and shed unhealthy patterns. You can find safety in your body and connect with yourself so you can stop surviving and start living the life you deserve!
(623) 288-0054 View (623) 288-0054
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Urim Recovery - EMDR, ADHD/Autism & Trauma
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, MSW, LCSW, ASDCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Same Day Appt. 2-15-24. I welcome all those needing support to feel connected, empowered and confident to meet life's challenges. I help individuals, regardless of their ability to name their pain, to focus on taking care of themselves to recover from relational distress, chronic pain & burnout. In our time together, we will work on restoring the trust, confidence and sense of self often depleted as a result of relational trauma and life experiences. I specialize in treating complex and attachment related trauma, bipolar I & II, as well as autism, from a relational and developmentally based perspective using EMDR, IPSRT and EFT.
Same Day Appt. 2-15-24. I welcome all those needing support to feel connected, empowered and confident to meet life's challenges. I help individuals, regardless of their ability to name their pain, to focus on taking care of themselves to recover from relational distress, chronic pain & burnout. In our time together, we will work on restoring the trust, confidence and sense of self often depleted as a result of relational trauma and life experiences. I specialize in treating complex and attachment related trauma, bipolar I & II, as well as autism, from a relational and developmentally based perspective using EMDR, IPSRT and EFT.
(602) 691-4090 View (602) 691-4090
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Antonio Rojelio Alarcon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85014  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Antonio. I have 8 years of experience in treating adult males experiencing addiction, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders (PTSD, C-PTSD). At the core of my practice is the intension to provide a safe, compassionate, unconditional, and collaborative relationship with you for the purposes of making meaningful progress towards personal growth goals.
Hello, my name is Antonio. I have 8 years of experience in treating adult males experiencing addiction, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders (PTSD, C-PTSD). At the core of my practice is the intension to provide a safe, compassionate, unconditional, and collaborative relationship with you for the purposes of making meaningful progress towards personal growth goals.
(480) 571-9240 View (480) 571-9240
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Lezlee Hays
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSc, LPC, BHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85020
I am skilled in working a range of challenges including: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar, trauma, parenting challenges, and life transitions such as divorce.
My goal is to work collaboratively with you so that you get what you need out of therapy. I believe I offer a uniquely comforting style of therapy. I am a trained trauma therapist and an EMDR practitioner with seasoned experience working in public health as well as private practice. As a trauma informed therapist I believe in a holistic approach to healing. I believe in the unique power of each individual to achieve positive change and overcome challenges. I believe the relationship you form with your counselor is extremely important to the healing process.
I am skilled in working a range of challenges including: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar, trauma, parenting challenges, and life transitions such as divorce.
My goal is to work collaboratively with you so that you get what you need out of therapy. I believe I offer a uniquely comforting style of therapy. I am a trained trauma therapist and an EMDR practitioner with seasoned experience working in public health as well as private practice. As a trauma informed therapist I believe in a holistic approach to healing. I believe in the unique power of each individual to achieve positive change and overcome challenges. I believe the relationship you form with your counselor is extremely important to the healing process.
(602) 833-4662 View (602) 833-4662
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Kristine Mill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85044
My specialities of focus are individual session with children 9 years or older/teens/adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, mood disorder, PTSD, OCD.
I have been in practice since 1997. I am Licensed Professional Counselor as well as an Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Clinician (CBT-C) & Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) to address anxiety and depression. I believe it is the relationship with the patient and therapist which are significant to build trust and in turn facilitate change. It is important to have a treatment plan to set goals to learn healthy coping skills to address negative thought patterns. The recent years have brought such change in how we work, attend school, have relationships, and work through adversity. Therapy is key.
My specialities of focus are individual session with children 9 years or older/teens/adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, mood disorder, PTSD, OCD.
I have been in practice since 1997. I am Licensed Professional Counselor as well as an Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Clinician (CBT-C) & Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) to address anxiety and depression. I believe it is the relationship with the patient and therapist which are significant to build trust and in turn facilitate change. It is important to have a treatment plan to set goals to learn healthy coping skills to address negative thought patterns. The recent years have brought such change in how we work, attend school, have relationships, and work through adversity. Therapy is key.
(480) 322-3197 View (480) 322-3197
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Meliora Counseling & Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85051
We treat Child/Adolescent Behavioral Concerns, Self-harm behaviors, ADHD,Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTS, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder Perinatal Depression, Eating Disorders, Self esteem issues, Gender identity and Body Dysmorphia
We treat Child/Adolescent Behavioral Concerns, Self-harm behaviors, ADHD,Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTS, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder Perinatal Depression, Eating Disorders, Self esteem issues, Gender identity and Body Dysmorphia
(623) 343-2390 View (623) 343-2390
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More Life Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS LPC , BHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85015
I enjoy working with families struggling with interpersonal relationships, pre and post marital issues, communication difficulties, substance abuse, and trauma. I have experience working with individuals dealing with addictions and recovery, depression, stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self esteem, grief, anger management, self harming issues, and borderline personality disorder.
I enjoy working with families struggling with interpersonal relationships, pre and post marital issues, communication difficulties, substance abuse, and trauma. I have experience working with individuals dealing with addictions and recovery, depression, stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self esteem, grief, anger management, self harming issues, and borderline personality disorder.
(623) 469-7840 View (623) 469-7840
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Diane B Soteras
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012
I have been assisting individuals, couples, groups and families navigate the difficulties that accompany Substance Abuse/Dependence, Dual-Diagnosis, Narcissistic Abuse Survivor Recovery and relationship difficulties for over 20 years. My experience supporting and guiding clients through theses life experiences has taught me that what we can usually expect to find beneath these presenting behaviors can be a mix of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, betrayal, trauma and stress. This is what creates unmanageability. Together we will design healthy coping skills and boundaries in order to create awareness and restore manageability.
I have been assisting individuals, couples, groups and families navigate the difficulties that accompany Substance Abuse/Dependence, Dual-Diagnosis, Narcissistic Abuse Survivor Recovery and relationship difficulties for over 20 years. My experience supporting and guiding clients through theses life experiences has taught me that what we can usually expect to find beneath these presenting behaviors can be a mix of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, betrayal, trauma and stress. This is what creates unmanageability. Together we will design healthy coping skills and boundaries in order to create awareness and restore manageability.
(224) 218-9053 View (224) 218-9053
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Mark Treegoob
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85061
I also have specialized in ADHD, adult and children; Bipolar Disorder; Asperger's Disorder; Depression; Anger Management; and Stress Management.
I work with children 13 or over through adolescence, and adults of all ages.
I also have specialized in ADHD, adult and children; Bipolar Disorder; Asperger's Disorder; Depression; Anger Management; and Stress Management.
I work with children 13 or over through adolescence, and adults of all ages.
(480) 409-2321 View (480) 409-2321
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Jeff Krehl
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85044
I also work with individual issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, addictions, teenage issues, and family problems.
I provide a safe, comfortable and laid back environment for therapy. While you won't find any cascading waterfalls or healing rocks in my office, you will find a calm place to do the hard work of change. I will work with you in an effort to get you in an out of therapy as quickly as possible. Your first couple sessions will involve us getting familiar with each other, working together to complete a comprehensive assessment, and beginning to develop the goals for your treatment. From there, our work together will be driven by you and guided by me.
I also work with individual issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, addictions, teenage issues, and family problems.
I provide a safe, comfortable and laid back environment for therapy. While you won't find any cascading waterfalls or healing rocks in my office, you will find a calm place to do the hard work of change. I will work with you in an effort to get you in an out of therapy as quickly as possible. Your first couple sessions will involve us getting familiar with each other, working together to complete a comprehensive assessment, and beginning to develop the goals for your treatment. From there, our work together will be driven by you and guided by me.
(480) 568-5130 View (480) 568-5130
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Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85001
We know how scary it can feel to reach out for help at your lowest point. At Scottsdale Providence, we understand the feeling of overwhelming desperation, and our experienced staff are here to guide you with compassion toward a brighter future filled with joy, healing and belonging. We are dedicated to helping you attain a sense of freedom and purpose in your life. Whether it's drug or alcohol problems, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex co-occurring disorders, our luxury inpatient treatment center is here with individualized treatment options to get you through life's problems.
We know how scary it can feel to reach out for help at your lowest point. At Scottsdale Providence, we understand the feeling of overwhelming desperation, and our experienced staff are here to guide you with compassion toward a brighter future filled with joy, healing and belonging. We are dedicated to helping you attain a sense of freedom and purpose in your life. Whether it's drug or alcohol problems, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex co-occurring disorders, our luxury inpatient treatment center is here with individualized treatment options to get you through life's problems.
(480) 470-5887 View (480) 470-5887
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Joshua Reish
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85037  (Online Only)
From my overall training and experience, I now work with clients who struggle with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, drug and alcohol issues, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, marriage and family communication issues and conflict, and grief and loss.
I am committed to helping clients to work through life's challenges and offer an empathetic, collaborative relationship to my clients. I completed my bachelor of science in microbiology from California State University, Long Beach and later my master of arts in marriage and family therapy from Hope International University. I have worked with a variety of populations, including community mental health outpatient for adults, children, and families, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation for adults, and field-based mental health for children and teenagers with trauma.
From my overall training and experience, I now work with clients who struggle with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, drug and alcohol issues, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, marriage and family communication issues and conflict, and grief and loss.
I am committed to helping clients to work through life's challenges and offer an empathetic, collaborative relationship to my clients. I completed my bachelor of science in microbiology from California State University, Long Beach and later my master of arts in marriage and family therapy from Hope International University. I have worked with a variety of populations, including community mental health outpatient for adults, children, and families, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation for adults, and field-based mental health for children and teenagers with trauma.
(928) 492-7154 View (928) 492-7154
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Todd Basta
Licensed Professional Counselor, MBA, LPC, BC-TMH, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Hello and welcome. I am an experienced psychotherapist; serving diverse populations. My theoretical orientation (approach) is based on Carl Rogers "Person Centered". My education and training in ‘community health’ has enabled me the opportunity to serve high-need populations with a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, Bipolar, (OCD), and neurodiverse populations. I use a direct and clinical approach with my clients; identifying and addressing key client issues, quickly, in an ethical and confidential manner.
Hello and welcome. I am an experienced psychotherapist; serving diverse populations. My theoretical orientation (approach) is based on Carl Rogers "Person Centered". My education and training in ‘community health’ has enabled me the opportunity to serve high-need populations with a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, Bipolar, (OCD), and neurodiverse populations. I use a direct and clinical approach with my clients; identifying and addressing key client issues, quickly, in an ethical and confidential manner.
(480) 485-6708 View (480) 485-6708
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Christopher Trotman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85003  (Online Only)
My experience, including living with sickle cell anemia, allows me to specialize in chronic illness, pain, emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder and other related issues.
Hey there! If you're here, you may be starting (or continuing) a journey of self-discovery. As a dedicated licensed master social worker, I'm honored to assist you. I know reaching out for help can be difficult sometimes. If you’re willing to take that intimidating first step, I promise you- I will do my best in helping make it as easy and enjoyable for you as I possibly can. I aim to create a healing space, where we'll laugh together, you may cry, and you'll feel ready to overcome challenges. Shoot me an email and we'll schedule a free 15 min consultation! Now accepting clients in both MD and AZ
My experience, including living with sickle cell anemia, allows me to specialize in chronic illness, pain, emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder and other related issues.
Hey there! If you're here, you may be starting (or continuing) a journey of self-discovery. As a dedicated licensed master social worker, I'm honored to assist you. I know reaching out for help can be difficult sometimes. If you’re willing to take that intimidating first step, I promise you- I will do my best in helping make it as easy and enjoyable for you as I possibly can. I aim to create a healing space, where we'll laugh together, you may cry, and you'll feel ready to overcome challenges. Shoot me an email and we'll schedule a free 15 min consultation! Now accepting clients in both MD and AZ
(301) 851-0601 View (301) 851-0601
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Lyndz Simpson-Reblin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85032
My name is Lyndz Simpson-Reblin, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked both in an inpatient psychiatric crisis setting to and in outpatient and private practice settings. I utilize evidenced-based practices and tools to assist my clients in obtaining the help that they need. I work with adults and children of all ages. I am EMDR and Sand Tray trained and utilize evidenced-based tools to assist my clients in having the best possible outcomes. Some of the areas that I specialize in are trauma, children and adolescents, anxiety, depression, bipolar, co-occurring disorders, and much more.
My name is Lyndz Simpson-Reblin, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked both in an inpatient psychiatric crisis setting to and in outpatient and private practice settings. I utilize evidenced-based practices and tools to assist my clients in obtaining the help that they need. I work with adults and children of all ages. I am EMDR and Sand Tray trained and utilize evidenced-based tools to assist my clients in having the best possible outcomes. Some of the areas that I specialize in are trauma, children and adolescents, anxiety, depression, bipolar, co-occurring disorders, and much more.
(928) 754-7592 View (928) 754-7592
Bipolar Disorder Therapists

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.