Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Miami, FL

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Maya Duffy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33176
Greetings! My name is Maya Duffy. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of clinical experience assisting various with Addiction, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Coping Skills, and Depression through their journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth. In sessions, I utilize active listening, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Person-Centered therapy to assist clients in breaking cognitive distortions, gaining emotional intelligence, and building healthy coping skills. I believe in meeting the client where they are in the process of their therapeutic journey.
Greetings! My name is Maya Duffy. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of clinical experience assisting various with Addiction, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Coping Skills, and Depression through their journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth. In sessions, I utilize active listening, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Person-Centered therapy to assist clients in breaking cognitive distortions, gaining emotional intelligence, and building healthy coping skills. I believe in meeting the client where they are in the process of their therapeutic journey.
(904) 906-4932 View (904) 906-4932
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Lynnell Moss
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
I am board certified psychotherapist with 20+ years of education, 10+ years as a clinician. I have advanced training and experience in the management and treatment of: Trauma and PTSD, Borderline personality Disorder, Personality Disorder (Paranoid, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Avoidant, Schizoid, Schizotypal), Bipolar Disorder Anger.
I am board certified psychotherapist with 20+ years of education, 10+ years as a clinician. I have advanced training and experience in the management and treatment of: Trauma and PTSD, Borderline personality Disorder, Personality Disorder (Paranoid, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Avoidant, Schizoid, Schizotypal), Bipolar Disorder Anger.
(786) 713-1642 View (786) 713-1642
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Dr. Tom Bonner
Psychologist, PhD, PA, ABPP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33156
I offer video or in-person sessions. Trained at Princeton, University of Miami, and University of Texas--in practice over 30 years. Board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology--a credential obtained by only 5% of all psychologists in the nation. I was President (for 2020) of the Florida Psychological Association, and past Training Director at Citrus Health Network mental health center. I'm trained to treat borderline and narcissistic personality disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship conflicts, school/work underachievement, autism/Asperger's disorders, and ADHD.
I offer video or in-person sessions. Trained at Princeton, University of Miami, and University of Texas--in practice over 30 years. Board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology--a credential obtained by only 5% of all psychologists in the nation. I was President (for 2020) of the Florida Psychological Association, and past Training Director at Citrus Health Network mental health center. I'm trained to treat borderline and narcissistic personality disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship conflicts, school/work underachievement, autism/Asperger's disorders, and ADHD.
(786) 373-1719 View (786) 373-1719
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Dr. Waugh
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, MFT, CCS
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33186
Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative therapy, Positive Psychology, Clinical Sexuality, bipolar disorder, Domestic Violence, Depression, Anxiety.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor(LMHC) practicing in Miami, Florida for over 21 years and is a Board-certified Qualified Supervisor. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology. Dr. Waugh was born in Cuba and raised in Spain for 20 years before finally making Miami her home. She has worked in private practice for over 10 years and specializes in working with individuals, families, and couples. Dr. Waugh has her expertise in the areas of domestic violence and Autism related disorders. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the author of the book “Learning our life”.
Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative therapy, Positive Psychology, Clinical Sexuality, bipolar disorder, Domestic Violence, Depression, Anxiety.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor(LMHC) practicing in Miami, Florida for over 21 years and is a Board-certified Qualified Supervisor. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology. Dr. Waugh was born in Cuba and raised in Spain for 20 years before finally making Miami her home. She has worked in private practice for over 10 years and specializes in working with individuals, families, and couples. Dr. Waugh has her expertise in the areas of domestic violence and Autism related disorders. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the author of the book “Learning our life”.
(786) 471-2239 View (786) 471-2239
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Nicole Ernst
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33186
I am a licensed mental health counselor with 17 years in the field. I have worked with clients from as young as 3 to the elderly, in areas such as addiction, anxiety, depression, boundaries, family communication, and bipolar disorder. I also have a specialty in trauma. I believe in giving people practical tools within the first couple of sessions that can help you start to feel better right away. We will learn the skills in session and then practice them together, so you can confidently take them away with you as homework to start to reduce your distress!
I am a licensed mental health counselor with 17 years in the field. I have worked with clients from as young as 3 to the elderly, in areas such as addiction, anxiety, depression, boundaries, family communication, and bipolar disorder. I also have a specialty in trauma. I believe in giving people practical tools within the first couple of sessions that can help you start to feel better right away. We will learn the skills in session and then practice them together, so you can confidently take them away with you as homework to start to reduce your distress!
(305) 517-1329 View (305) 517-1329
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Dr. Amanda Clark
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33131
I have experience delivering treatment for a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, life transitions, relationship difficulties, stress and burnout, work/life integration, navigating identity, grief/loss, and insomnia/sleep difficulties, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and treatment-resistant depression.
This may be your first time reaching out for help, which can feel really anxiety-provoking. Whether you desire to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, improve your relationships, live a more fulfilled life, or address specific concerns, you are not alone and I can help you. I place a heavy emphasis on creating a non-judgmental, warm, and supportive space for you to address what may be weighing on you. You may find that you prefer a more directive approach where I offer more guidance or specific skills, or a more non-directive approach where you lead the way and together we explore your different feelings, thoughts, and values.
I have experience delivering treatment for a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, life transitions, relationship difficulties, stress and burnout, work/life integration, navigating identity, grief/loss, and insomnia/sleep difficulties, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and treatment-resistant depression.
This may be your first time reaching out for help, which can feel really anxiety-provoking. Whether you desire to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, improve your relationships, live a more fulfilled life, or address specific concerns, you are not alone and I can help you. I place a heavy emphasis on creating a non-judgmental, warm, and supportive space for you to address what may be weighing on you. You may find that you prefer a more directive approach where I offer more guidance or specific skills, or a more non-directive approach where you lead the way and together we explore your different feelings, thoughts, and values.
(786) 460-7576 View (786) 460-7576
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Daniela Krotzer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, EMDR-C, IFS-C, CDBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33158  (Online Only)
Daniela has expertise in various areas such as trauma, PTSD, grief, relationship challenges, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, depression, anxiety, and more.
The past few years have been difficult for everyone, possibly bringing about unfamiliar behaviors from someone you are close to, be it your partner, family member, or even yourself. They might have triggered memories of past traumatic events. Some part of ourselves remains trapped in the past, constantly reliving the pain we once went through. However, it is not mandatory for you to remain in that state. You no longer have to allow these experiences to affect you, your relationships, or other areas of your life. Take the step today to schedule a consultation today at drdanielakrotzer.com.
Daniela has expertise in various areas such as trauma, PTSD, grief, relationship challenges, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, depression, anxiety, and more.
The past few years have been difficult for everyone, possibly bringing about unfamiliar behaviors from someone you are close to, be it your partner, family member, or even yourself. They might have triggered memories of past traumatic events. Some part of ourselves remains trapped in the past, constantly reliving the pain we once went through. However, it is not mandatory for you to remain in that state. You no longer have to allow these experiences to affect you, your relationships, or other areas of your life. Take the step today to schedule a consultation today at drdanielakrotzer.com.
(754) 399-3640 View (754) 399-3640
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Dawna Bone
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33142  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience. I specialize in PTSD and other anxiety disorders, as well as. in Bipolar Disorder and Depression.
I am a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience. I specialize in PTSD and other anxiety disorders, as well as. in Bipolar Disorder and Depression.
(904) 747-3217 View (904) 747-3217
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Joey Guzzi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33157  (Online Only)
I also specialize in helping people manage issues with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
I am looking to help you maximize your potential and overcome any issues you're experiencing. I have 25 years of experience assisting and educating others, and I focus on helping people build an understanding of their diseases and what progress looks like, then I teach them how to lead a life of recovery.
I also specialize in helping people manage issues with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
I am looking to help you maximize your potential and overcome any issues you're experiencing. I have 25 years of experience assisting and educating others, and I focus on helping people build an understanding of their diseases and what progress looks like, then I teach them how to lead a life of recovery.
(352) 618-2332 View (352) 618-2332
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Mental Health & Art Therapy LLC
Art Therapist, MA, LMHC, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33160
I work with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, ADD & ADHD, ODD, OCD, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders & Neuro-Cognitive Disorders, Schizophrenia and Personality Disorders; as well as stress reduction in clients struggling with any type of chronic condition.
I received a dual master's in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Clinical Psychophysiology at the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. My practice integrates cognitive-behavioral approaches with art therapy, neuroscience, and mindfulness. Treatment plans are tailored to meet the client's individual needs.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, ADD & ADHD, ODD, OCD, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders & Neuro-Cognitive Disorders, Schizophrenia and Personality Disorders; as well as stress reduction in clients struggling with any type of chronic condition.
I received a dual master's in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Clinical Psychophysiology at the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. My practice integrates cognitive-behavioral approaches with art therapy, neuroscience, and mindfulness. Treatment plans are tailored to meet the client's individual needs.
(786) 420-6686 View (786) 420-6686
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Nestor Castellon
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33176
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist/Counselor that has been working since 2016 with a variety of clients dealing with Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Bipolar, Sleep Disorders, ADHD, Moderate to Severe Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Maladaptive Child Behaviors, and Trauma. I also provide behavioral parent training to parents with children who struggle with ADHD and Oppositional Defiance.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist/Counselor that has been working since 2016 with a variety of clients dealing with Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Bipolar, Sleep Disorders, ADHD, Moderate to Severe Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Maladaptive Child Behaviors, and Trauma. I also provide behavioral parent training to parents with children who struggle with ADHD and Oppositional Defiance.
(786) 977-4732 View (786) 977-4732
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Nicole Neufeld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33186  (Online Only)
I have been granted the privilege to work with a wide range of clients, which has helped further develop my skill in tailoring therapeutic services based on specific needs presented. Each individual is unique, and therefore, should have a treatment plan that fits accordingly. My experience includes work with Anxiety, Depression, Marital and Familial Conflict, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Use, OCD, Trauma, Life Transitions, and issues relating to the LGBTQIA+ community. The modalities that I implement include but are not limited to, CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Family Systemic Work and more.
I have been granted the privilege to work with a wide range of clients, which has helped further develop my skill in tailoring therapeutic services based on specific needs presented. Each individual is unique, and therefore, should have a treatment plan that fits accordingly. My experience includes work with Anxiety, Depression, Marital and Familial Conflict, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Use, OCD, Trauma, Life Transitions, and issues relating to the LGBTQIA+ community. The modalities that I implement include but are not limited to, CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Family Systemic Work and more.
(786) 705-2503 View (786) 705-2503
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Gloria Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33186
Are you having difficulty coping with daily life stressors? Are you feeling stuck in your life? I am glad that you are taking the time to reach out for help. My name is Gloria Rodriguez. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida with over 16 years of experience working in the Mental Heath field. I have worked with clients from as young as 5 years old to elderly. I have helped clients with a wide range of challenges including addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, grief, relationship issues, court dependency cases, and difficulty coping with life changing situations.
Are you having difficulty coping with daily life stressors? Are you feeling stuck in your life? I am glad that you are taking the time to reach out for help. My name is Gloria Rodriguez. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida with over 16 years of experience working in the Mental Heath field. I have worked with clients from as young as 5 years old to elderly. I have helped clients with a wide range of challenges including addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, grief, relationship issues, court dependency cases, and difficulty coping with life changing situations.
(786) 886-2033 View (786) 886-2033
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Vanessa Paola Andrade
Counselor, LMHC, QS, MCAP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious or struggling with sadness, therapy is a safe place to share and explore current challenges you are facing in your life: stress, anxiety, problems with relationships, feelings of unhappiness in your life or past trauma still negatively affecting your life. I will support and guide you in the therapeutic process to foster your healing and growth. I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 14 years of experience who is most comfortable and experienced with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, life transition problems, PTSD and substance use issues.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious or struggling with sadness, therapy is a safe place to share and explore current challenges you are facing in your life: stress, anxiety, problems with relationships, feelings of unhappiness in your life or past trauma still negatively affecting your life. I will support and guide you in the therapeutic process to foster your healing and growth. I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 14 years of experience who is most comfortable and experienced with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, life transition problems, PTSD and substance use issues.
(305) 506-1433 View (305) 506-1433
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Amber Weiss
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33133
Specializing in severe anxiety, BPD, addiction, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, and depression, I offer a versatile approach tailored to unique needs.
Feeling lost, down, or overwhelmed? You're not alone. I'm here to guide you toward brighter days with unwavering commitment. Life's curveballs are opportunities for growth; together, we'll navigate them toward empowerment. In my nine years of practice, I've witnessed transformative breakthroughs. My approach fosters genuine understanding in a safe, supportive space. Let's tailor effective techniques to your needs, forging a path toward lasting change. Ready to embark on this journey toward fulfillment? I'm here to support you every step of the way.
Specializing in severe anxiety, BPD, addiction, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, and depression, I offer a versatile approach tailored to unique needs.
Feeling lost, down, or overwhelmed? You're not alone. I'm here to guide you toward brighter days with unwavering commitment. Life's curveballs are opportunities for growth; together, we'll navigate them toward empowerment. In my nine years of practice, I've witnessed transformative breakthroughs. My approach fosters genuine understanding in a safe, supportive space. Let's tailor effective techniques to your needs, forging a path toward lasting change. Ready to embark on this journey toward fulfillment? I'm here to support you every step of the way.
(754) 254-7174 View (754) 254-7174
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Melanie Juli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33131  (Online Only)
marriage and relationship issues, family systems issues, co-dependency, addiction, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and chronic pain.
Melanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She completed her BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities from Florida Atlantic University and then went on to complete her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2012. Melanie has extensive experience treating clients with addiction disorders as well as working with their family’s and loved ones who were working on they’re own program of recovery as well. Melanie has also worked within a community health setting and focused on assisting clients with processing past trauma and mental health issues as well. Melanie’s specialties include:
marriage and relationship issues, family systems issues, co-dependency, addiction, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and chronic pain.
Melanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She completed her BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities from Florida Atlantic University and then went on to complete her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2012. Melanie has extensive experience treating clients with addiction disorders as well as working with their family’s and loved ones who were working on they’re own program of recovery as well. Melanie has also worked within a community health setting and focused on assisting clients with processing past trauma and mental health issues as well. Melanie’s specialties include:
(786) 933-4164 View (786) 933-4164
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Priscille Duvalsaint
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33125
The issues I have experience working with are ADHD, Anger Management, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Codependency, Coping Skills, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Self Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, Stress, and Mood Disorders and Women's Issues.
The issues I have experience working with are ADHD, Anger Management, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Codependency, Coping Skills, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Self Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, Stress, and Mood Disorders and Women's Issues.
(786) 981-1232 View (786) 981-1232
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Aldrich Chan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33133
Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimers, Epilepsy, Pre - Post surgical evaluations, Tumors, Cancer, Bipolar vs Borderline, Schizophrenia vs Schizoaffective, ADHD vs Learning Disability, other academic testing and others.
Dr. Aldrich Chan is a neuropsychologist. He is the founder of The Center for Neuropsychology and Consciousness, a practice specializing in neuropsychological evaluations, psychotherapy, education, cognitive rehabilitation and consultation. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor for the Doctoral and Masters program at Pepperdine University and author of an award-winning book "Reassembling Models of Reality" for the W. W. Nortons acclaimed Interpersonal Neurobiology Series. For more info visit his website: www.drchancnc.com. For reviews look up "The Center for Neuropsychology and Consciousness" on google.
Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimers, Epilepsy, Pre - Post surgical evaluations, Tumors, Cancer, Bipolar vs Borderline, Schizophrenia vs Schizoaffective, ADHD vs Learning Disability, other academic testing and others.
Dr. Aldrich Chan is a neuropsychologist. He is the founder of The Center for Neuropsychology and Consciousness, a practice specializing in neuropsychological evaluations, psychotherapy, education, cognitive rehabilitation and consultation. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor for the Doctoral and Masters program at Pepperdine University and author of an award-winning book "Reassembling Models of Reality" for the W. W. Nortons acclaimed Interpersonal Neurobiology Series. For more info visit his website: www.drchancnc.com. For reviews look up "The Center for Neuropsychology and Consciousness" on google.
(305) 930-6697 View (305) 930-6697
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Allyson Chen (Please Email Than Call)
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
It's OK to feel not OK. Sounds difficult right? I am here to help you get to understand yourself more! To explore, to grow and to heal. I have 9+ years experiences with children, adolescents, adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, abused, trauma, bipolar disorder and self esteem issues. I also have great passion working with LGBTQ+ population. I have certificate in play therapy, as well as using art therapy with clients from any age. By utilizing solution focused therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing and EMDR therapy, I help my clients to be more insightful, balanced and embrace their life.
It's OK to feel not OK. Sounds difficult right? I am here to help you get to understand yourself more! To explore, to grow and to heal. I have 9+ years experiences with children, adolescents, adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, abused, trauma, bipolar disorder and self esteem issues. I also have great passion working with LGBTQ+ population. I have certificate in play therapy, as well as using art therapy with clients from any age. By utilizing solution focused therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing and EMDR therapy, I help my clients to be more insightful, balanced and embrace their life.
(321) 221-5188 View (321) 221-5188
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Alexandra Cabrera Cabrera
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33142  (Online Only)
I am a dedicated and empathetic Hispanic therapist passionate about helping individuals navigate life's challenges and find their inner strength. I have been in the mental health field for close to 5 years, with vast experience and training in addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, and bipolar disorder. I continue to expand my academic journey by completing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I'm here to support you on your journey towards mental well-being.
I am a dedicated and empathetic Hispanic therapist passionate about helping individuals navigate life's challenges and find their inner strength. I have been in the mental health field for close to 5 years, with vast experience and training in addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, and bipolar disorder. I continue to expand my academic journey by completing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I'm here to support you on your journey towards mental well-being.
(786) 743-4908 View (786) 743-4908
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.