Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Sacramento, CA

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Amber Cation
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Amber Cation is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California who has been practicing since 2015. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from California State University of Sacramento. Amber has worked in various settings such as outpatient mental health, high school, and providing community-based services with the aging adult. She has gained most of her experience working with adults struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance abuse, and personality disorders.
Amber Cation is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California who has been practicing since 2015. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from California State University of Sacramento. Amber has worked in various settings such as outpatient mental health, high school, and providing community-based services with the aging adult. She has gained most of her experience working with adults struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance abuse, and personality disorders.
(916) 249-7398 View (916) 249-7398
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Michael Anthony Nevans
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95822  (Online Only)
Mike likes to work with people who are ready to make changes in their life. They do not need to know exactly what that looks like or means yet, they just need to be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Mike enjoys working with people who have depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, and addiction issues. He also practices couple therapy and likes to offer premarital counseling, empowerment couple's counseling, and helping the healing process post infidelity or other ruptures in the relationship. Mike spent 4 years working with people in an international setting in Tokyo and enjoys providing therapy in a multicultural space.
Mike likes to work with people who are ready to make changes in their life. They do not need to know exactly what that looks like or means yet, they just need to be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Mike enjoys working with people who have depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, and addiction issues. He also practices couple therapy and likes to offer premarital counseling, empowerment couple's counseling, and helping the healing process post infidelity or other ruptures in the relationship. Mike spent 4 years working with people in an international setting in Tokyo and enjoys providing therapy in a multicultural space.
(925) 477-4985 View (925) 477-4985
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Dr. Charlotte Rosenberg
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
People who have been in my practice often tell me one of the things they treasure most highly about their therapeutic journey is feeling hopeful again. I welcome adults to my practice who are struggling with a wide range of issues – problems with relationships, work, love, fear, hearing voices, play, sex, confusion, being alone, being with others, paranoia, feeling stuck, despair, worry, troubling thoughts, grief, etc. I am trained and experienced in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychotic breaks, schizoaffective disorder, psychosis, PTSD, OCD and personality disorders.
People who have been in my practice often tell me one of the things they treasure most highly about their therapeutic journey is feeling hopeful again. I welcome adults to my practice who are struggling with a wide range of issues – problems with relationships, work, love, fear, hearing voices, play, sex, confusion, being alone, being with others, paranoia, feeling stuck, despair, worry, troubling thoughts, grief, etc. I am trained and experienced in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychotic breaks, schizoaffective disorder, psychosis, PTSD, OCD and personality disorders.
(916) 864-9513 View (916) 864-9513
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Christine S Wu
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95828  (Online Only)
My interests lie in mood disorders, particularly Bipolar Disorders, and anxiety.
Do you want a positive change in your life, one that you would be content and at peace with? Do you constantly worry about almost everything every day? Do you have a job that is so stressful that you are having trouble sleeping and eating? Do any of the questions listed above impact your relationships with your family, significant other, and/or friends? These are all the common issues I deal with in my practice. I also see clients with past abuse/trauma, domestic violence, and anger control problems. I welcome anyone from all cultural backgrounds to utilize my services. I offer telehealth only.
My interests lie in mood disorders, particularly Bipolar Disorders, and anxiety.
Do you want a positive change in your life, one that you would be content and at peace with? Do you constantly worry about almost everything every day? Do you have a job that is so stressful that you are having trouble sleeping and eating? Do any of the questions listed above impact your relationships with your family, significant other, and/or friends? These are all the common issues I deal with in my practice. I also see clients with past abuse/trauma, domestic violence, and anger control problems. I welcome anyone from all cultural backgrounds to utilize my services. I offer telehealth only.
(916) 903-2568 View (916) 903-2568
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Mary Rios
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95820
Hi, my name is Mary Rios, I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I would like to work with and support you, as we work together to problem solve and process issues that are stopping you from being the best person you strive to be. Let’s work together to achieve your goals. I work well with adults. I have extensive experience with major depression as well as bipolar disorders. Interpersonal issues and relationship problems such as communication and self-care are important to me.
Hi, my name is Mary Rios, I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I would like to work with and support you, as we work together to problem solve and process issues that are stopping you from being the best person you strive to be. Let’s work together to achieve your goals. I work well with adults. I have extensive experience with major depression as well as bipolar disorders. Interpersonal issues and relationship problems such as communication and self-care are important to me.
(805) 977-6154 View (805) 977-6154
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Kristine Hughes
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95820
My greatest successes have been in treating individuals experiencing mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic attacks, substance abuse/addiction, self-harm and suicidal ideation, stress, relationship problems, abuse, and trauma.
My name is Kristine Hughes, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. I enjoy treating individual adults and teens experiencing mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic attacks, substance abuse/addiction, self-harm behaviors and suicidal ideation, stress, relationship problems, abuse, and trauma. My therapeutic approach utilizes techniques from Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The most foundation and important therapeutic element however is the safe trusting relationship built with each client.
My greatest successes have been in treating individuals experiencing mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic attacks, substance abuse/addiction, self-harm and suicidal ideation, stress, relationship problems, abuse, and trauma.
My name is Kristine Hughes, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. I enjoy treating individual adults and teens experiencing mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic attacks, substance abuse/addiction, self-harm behaviors and suicidal ideation, stress, relationship problems, abuse, and trauma. My therapeutic approach utilizes techniques from Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The most foundation and important therapeutic element however is the safe trusting relationship built with each client.
(916) 776-5929 View (916) 776-5929
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Hilary Matthews
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95833
Hello, my name is Hilary Matthews and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and substance abuse counselor in Nevada, California, Utah and Oregon. I use different modalities in therapy. most often using Cognitive Behavior techniques for a number of symptoms and diagnoses, including but not limited to mood disorders, trauma, grief, relationships, stress, and substance use. I enjoy working with older teens and adults ages 16-65. I am experienced in treating anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief, substance use, relationships and other stressors.
Hello, my name is Hilary Matthews and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and substance abuse counselor in Nevada, California, Utah and Oregon. I use different modalities in therapy. most often using Cognitive Behavior techniques for a number of symptoms and diagnoses, including but not limited to mood disorders, trauma, grief, relationships, stress, and substance use. I enjoy working with older teens and adults ages 16-65. I am experienced in treating anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief, substance use, relationships and other stressors.
(916) 659-5060 View (916) 659-5060
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Christine Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Christine Walker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California who has been practicing since 1995. Christine works at establishing rapport and beginning where her clients are at. She prefers evidence-based treatments such as CBT, solution focused, motivational interviewing, ACT, strength based, humanistic and MBSR. Christine also has experience with dynamic and insight-oriented theories/treatments. She has clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults and with many treatment problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, trauma, grief and loss, and lots of other diagnoses and difficulties.
Christine Walker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California who has been practicing since 1995. Christine works at establishing rapport and beginning where her clients are at. She prefers evidence-based treatments such as CBT, solution focused, motivational interviewing, ACT, strength based, humanistic and MBSR. Christine also has experience with dynamic and insight-oriented theories/treatments. She has clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults and with many treatment problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, trauma, grief and loss, and lots of other diagnoses and difficulties.
(916) 794-8116 View (916) 794-8116
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Cynthia Schlie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Works with: seniors, adults, couples, and teens. Treats bipolar, anxiety and self esteem, OCD, PTSD, anger management and life transitions.
Works with: seniors, adults, couples, and teens. Treats bipolar, anxiety and self esteem, OCD, PTSD, anger management and life transitions.
(916) 542-6293 View (916) 542-6293
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Pang Martin
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Therapy is a place where you can show up as you are, where you won’t be judged or shamed. It’s a place where you can work on yourself, focus on you and be met with positive regard and acceptance. No matter whether you are seeking therapy for trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar Personality Disorder, etc., whether it's for emotional health reasons, or if you just need someone who is objective/neutral to be there while you are going through a tough time in your life, just know that you are welcomed here and this is a safe space for you.
Therapy is a place where you can show up as you are, where you won’t be judged or shamed. It’s a place where you can work on yourself, focus on you and be met with positive regard and acceptance. No matter whether you are seeking therapy for trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar Personality Disorder, etc., whether it's for emotional health reasons, or if you just need someone who is objective/neutral to be there while you are going through a tough time in your life, just know that you are welcomed here and this is a safe space for you.
(916) 566-5948 View (916) 566-5948
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Nathaniel Mills
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
I treat adults suffering from anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties in my midtown Sacramento office. I've found success working with intelligent people stuck in situations they can't think their way out of. I enjoy challenging cases and working with diverse clients. I enjoy LGBT clients, people struggling with existential issues, and busy people trying to balance life with career. I have extensive experience working with treatment-resistant Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders and can often help clients with innovative treatments. I am also Past President of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association.
I treat adults suffering from anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties in my midtown Sacramento office. I've found success working with intelligent people stuck in situations they can't think their way out of. I enjoy challenging cases and working with diverse clients. I enjoy LGBT clients, people struggling with existential issues, and busy people trying to balance life with career. I have extensive experience working with treatment-resistant Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders and can often help clients with innovative treatments. I am also Past President of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association.
(916) 722-7792 View (916) 722-7792
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Jacquelyn L Rivers
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95825
Jacquelyn is recognized as being one of the leading holistic spirit-mind-body psychotherapists. For over the past 15 years she has worked with a variety of communities such as: Children and families, marriage & couples, foster youth, and adults within various clinics and hospitals. She has assisted individuals with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, identity conflict, relational issues, anxiety, bipolar, depression, as well as trauma and grief. Jacquelyn is the author of Beautiful Greatness: The Psychology of The Unlimited Life. Her belief is when you “heal the individual you heal the world one heart and mind at a time".
Jacquelyn is recognized as being one of the leading holistic spirit-mind-body psychotherapists. For over the past 15 years she has worked with a variety of communities such as: Children and families, marriage & couples, foster youth, and adults within various clinics and hospitals. She has assisted individuals with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, identity conflict, relational issues, anxiety, bipolar, depression, as well as trauma and grief. Jacquelyn is the author of Beautiful Greatness: The Psychology of The Unlimited Life. Her belief is when you “heal the individual you heal the world one heart and mind at a time".
(916) 884-6947 View (916) 884-6947
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John 'jack' Lyons
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811  (Online Only)
I have experience working with teens, young adults, adults in all life stages and family members of individuals with severe mental health diagnosis, such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
As humans we can all naturally struggle from time to time, but that doesn’t mean we have to do so alone. Together we can seek understanding for behaviors, clarity on our emotions, sort out any racing or disorganized thought patterns and rebuild the relationships with ourselves to strengthen the bonds with have with those in our lives. Whether its a safe space to reflect, processing complex trauma or breaking free from crippling symptoms like anxiety or depression, I am hopeful that our work can offer you feelings of relief.
I have experience working with teens, young adults, adults in all life stages and family members of individuals with severe mental health diagnosis, such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
As humans we can all naturally struggle from time to time, but that doesn’t mean we have to do so alone. Together we can seek understanding for behaviors, clarity on our emotions, sort out any racing or disorganized thought patterns and rebuild the relationships with ourselves to strengthen the bonds with have with those in our lives. Whether its a safe space to reflect, processing complex trauma or breaking free from crippling symptoms like anxiety or depression, I am hopeful that our work can offer you feelings of relief.
(916) 702-8245 View (916) 702-8245
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Chelsea Mackey
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
I also have experience with people who identify as having a bipolar diagnosis, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
Hi there! Welcome to one more step in your search for the life you want. Therapy is one way to increase joy, be reminded of whats wonderful about yourself, and overcome the barriers that have blocked you in the past. It also gives you the tools to continue that process. Collaboratively we strengthen your sense of worth so that you have the energy and motivation to work toward your personal goals. Increasing self-compassion and awareness frees an individual from the habits or ruts we all tend to dip into in life.
I also have experience with people who identify as having a bipolar diagnosis, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
Hi there! Welcome to one more step in your search for the life you want. Therapy is one way to increase joy, be reminded of whats wonderful about yourself, and overcome the barriers that have blocked you in the past. It also gives you the tools to continue that process. Collaboratively we strengthen your sense of worth so that you have the energy and motivation to work toward your personal goals. Increasing self-compassion and awareness frees an individual from the habits or ruts we all tend to dip into in life.
(916) 507-1615 View (916) 507-1615
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Courtnee Reis
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825  (Online Only)
I'm Courtnee, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I draw from a person-centered approach that promotes authenticity and emphasizes building your strengths. I will offer insights and observations as we explore matters that are impacting your life. In therapy, together we will collaborate on your growth, healing, self-care, and developing coping strategies so you can make effective life changes. I believe that caring and respectful relationships are the basis for any kind of healing. I am experienced in working with adults living with bipolar and mood disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, and phase of life transitions
I'm Courtnee, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I draw from a person-centered approach that promotes authenticity and emphasizes building your strengths. I will offer insights and observations as we explore matters that are impacting your life. In therapy, together we will collaborate on your growth, healing, self-care, and developing coping strategies so you can make effective life changes. I believe that caring and respectful relationships are the basis for any kind of healing. I am experienced in working with adults living with bipolar and mood disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, and phase of life transitions
(424) 587-0714 View (424) 587-0714
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Mindpath College Health - East Street, Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94203
Mindpath College Health helps patients 18+ with anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, gender and sexual identity, grief, life changes, OCD, relationships, and trauma and PTSD.
Mindpath College Health provides outpatient mental health care for college and university students, staff, and the surrounding community. We provide a broad spectrum of individual and group therapy, relationship counseling, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management and psychiatry.
Mindpath College Health helps patients 18+ with anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, gender and sexual identity, grief, life changes, OCD, relationships, and trauma and PTSD.
Mindpath College Health provides outpatient mental health care for college and university students, staff, and the surrounding community. We provide a broad spectrum of individual and group therapy, relationship counseling, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management and psychiatry.
(530) 206-9996 View (530) 206-9996
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Dr. Lyssabeth Mattoon
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 94207  (Online Only)
Whether a traumatic experience has turned your world upside down or anxiety, depression, bipolar or grief are making it difficult for you to function at your best, therapy can help. I can teach you to tap into your inner strength in times of crisis while helping you work through your challenges in order to heal. My focus is on getting you results and decreasing your symptoms as soon as possible. Treating you as a whole person by addressing the connections between your mental, physical and spiritual health is one way that I am able to achieve this.
Whether a traumatic experience has turned your world upside down or anxiety, depression, bipolar or grief are making it difficult for you to function at your best, therapy can help. I can teach you to tap into your inner strength in times of crisis while helping you work through your challenges in order to heal. My focus is on getting you results and decreasing your symptoms as soon as possible. Treating you as a whole person by addressing the connections between your mental, physical and spiritual health is one way that I am able to achieve this.
(209) 307-7116 View (209) 307-7116
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Nefertiti Khemet Goudjayi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95841  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Maybe it started with a thought, that thought became bigger and bigger, that you were struggling mentally/emotionally. That thought brought you to my page, wanting to get help for the the intrusive thoughts, the struggles in your relationships, the worries, or deep sadness. I have a unique way of understanding and learning about people. I can be a listening ear, or I can be there to help guide you through some difficult life paths. We choose the path together, that way your needs are sure to be met. I have experience working with people who have ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Maybe it started with a thought, that thought became bigger and bigger, that you were struggling mentally/emotionally. That thought brought you to my page, wanting to get help for the the intrusive thoughts, the struggles in your relationships, the worries, or deep sadness. I have a unique way of understanding and learning about people. I can be a listening ear, or I can be there to help guide you through some difficult life paths. We choose the path together, that way your needs are sure to be met. I have experience working with people who have ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
(916) 527-8867 View (916) 527-8867
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Carlos Juarez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95821
I typically treat clients that suffer from panic attacks, depression, trauma, bipolar, anxiety and work-related stresses.
Hello. My name is Carlos Juarez and LCSW number is 101827. I am versed on CBT, Solution-Focused and Holistic therapy. My focus areas are anxiety, trauma, work-related stress and depression. My theoretical approaches range from CBT to Holistic.
I typically treat clients that suffer from panic attacks, depression, trauma, bipolar, anxiety and work-related stresses.
Hello. My name is Carlos Juarez and LCSW number is 101827. I am versed on CBT, Solution-Focused and Holistic therapy. My focus areas are anxiety, trauma, work-related stress and depression. My theoretical approaches range from CBT to Holistic.
(760) 292-3495 View (760) 292-3495
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Joanna Stan
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95833
Dr. Stan practices as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY30834) in the state of California. Dr. Stan earned her Bachelor of Social Science from California State University, Chico, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Stan has been trained in CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic Therapies, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-oriented, and Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Stan works primarily with adults. I typically work with adults with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, codependency, attachment wounds, first-generation status, substance use, LGBTQIA+, and bipolar disorder.
Dr. Stan practices as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY30834) in the state of California. Dr. Stan earned her Bachelor of Social Science from California State University, Chico, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Stan has been trained in CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic Therapies, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-oriented, and Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Stan works primarily with adults. I typically work with adults with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, codependency, attachment wounds, first-generation status, substance use, LGBTQIA+, and bipolar disorder.
(209) 789-3161 View (209) 789-3161
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.