Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Indianapolis, IN

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Teri Cardwell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I have worked with behavioral health (anxiety, substance use); mood disorders including depression, Bipolar, and dual diagnoses; trauma and PTSD; and personality disorders.
As a therapist, I am most excited to see clients motivated to explore their unknown strengths, widen their horizons, increase their abilities to make informed decisions and lead a life of meaning as they define it. Everyone I have worked with brings to therapy a foundation upon which to grow. Regardless of the problem, an enhanced sense of self is possible. Instilling hope of something better in life is one of my greatest motivations, and assisting others in achieving their goals drew me to this profession.
I have worked with behavioral health (anxiety, substance use); mood disorders including depression, Bipolar, and dual diagnoses; trauma and PTSD; and personality disorders.
As a therapist, I am most excited to see clients motivated to explore their unknown strengths, widen their horizons, increase their abilities to make informed decisions and lead a life of meaning as they define it. Everyone I have worked with brings to therapy a foundation upon which to grow. Regardless of the problem, an enhanced sense of self is possible. Instilling hope of something better in life is one of my greatest motivations, and assisting others in achieving their goals drew me to this profession.
(463) 724-2620 View (463) 724-2620
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Deanna Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Treatment areas include: Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment, Bipolar, Early Dementia, Geriatric mental health concerns, Women's Issues, Work-Related, Grief, and problems related to Chronic Medical Issues.
Deanna Miller is a licensed independent social worker with 22 years of experience. She earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Wyoming. She has experience as a therapist working with adults in various settings including: hospitals, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric units, community based, and long-term care facilities. In the past, she has served as a Clinical Supervisor and Regional Manager for several organizations including Lifestance. She provides individual therapy for adults using a virtual platform.
Treatment areas include: Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment, Bipolar, Early Dementia, Geriatric mental health concerns, Women's Issues, Work-Related, Grief, and problems related to Chronic Medical Issues.
Deanna Miller is a licensed independent social worker with 22 years of experience. She earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Wyoming. She has experience as a therapist working with adults in various settings including: hospitals, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric units, community based, and long-term care facilities. In the past, she has served as a Clinical Supervisor and Regional Manager for several organizations including Lifestance. She provides individual therapy for adults using a virtual platform.
(317) 620-7307 View (317) 620-7307
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Swan E Roberts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256  (Online Only)
My name is Swan Roberts, and I am a licensed therapist, clinical social worker. I have 3 years of therapy experience. Before becoming a therapist, I was in the U.S. army for 2.5 years as a medic, 68w. I decided to become a therapist because I have always enjoyed helping people, and when I was getting out of the army, I had my own therapist to help me through that transition, which inspired me to follow this career path. I look forward to helping you on this healing journey. I have experience utilizing IFS, EMDR, and CBT with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues.
My name is Swan Roberts, and I am a licensed therapist, clinical social worker. I have 3 years of therapy experience. Before becoming a therapist, I was in the U.S. army for 2.5 years as a medic, 68w. I decided to become a therapist because I have always enjoyed helping people, and when I was getting out of the army, I had my own therapist to help me through that transition, which inspired me to follow this career path. I look forward to helping you on this healing journey. I have experience utilizing IFS, EMDR, and CBT with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues.
(812) 615-2361 View (812) 615-2361
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Teri Cardwell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
I have worked with behavioral health (anxiety, substance use); mood disorders including depression, Bipolar, and dual diagnoses; trauma and PTSD; and personality disorders.
As a therapist, I am most excited to see clients motivated to explore their unknown strengths, widen their horizons, increase their abilities to make informed decisions and lead a life of meaning as they define it. Everyone I have worked with brings to therapy a foundation upon which to grow. Regardless of the problem, an enhanced sense of self is possible. Instilling hope of something better in life is one of my greatest motivations, and assisting others in achieving their goals drew me to this profession.
I have worked with behavioral health (anxiety, substance use); mood disorders including depression, Bipolar, and dual diagnoses; trauma and PTSD; and personality disorders.
As a therapist, I am most excited to see clients motivated to explore their unknown strengths, widen their horizons, increase their abilities to make informed decisions and lead a life of meaning as they define it. Everyone I have worked with brings to therapy a foundation upon which to grow. Regardless of the problem, an enhanced sense of self is possible. Instilling hope of something better in life is one of my greatest motivations, and assisting others in achieving their goals drew me to this profession.
(463) 583-1682 View (463) 583-1682
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Kristen Cole
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204
My specialties include therapy for trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
Life is constantly changing, and difficulties inevitably arise. There are times when these difficulties can become so overwhelming that it seems impossible to overcome. I offer help to those who are experiencing various hardships so that they are able to understand the underlying dynamics that are the root cause of their problems, and help them create positive changes in their life. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere my clients are offered a highly personalized approach where they can safely attain the personal growth they are striving for.
My specialties include therapy for trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
Life is constantly changing, and difficulties inevitably arise. There are times when these difficulties can become so overwhelming that it seems impossible to overcome. I offer help to those who are experiencing various hardships so that they are able to understand the underlying dynamics that are the root cause of their problems, and help them create positive changes in their life. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere my clients are offered a highly personalized approach where they can safely attain the personal growth they are striving for.
(317) 900-4398 View (317) 900-4398
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Hayley Spangler
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
I have over five years of experience working with individuals looking to overcome depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and many others struggles.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed with emotions that are hard to understand, let alone manage? Do you sometimes feel hopeless, finding it difficult to engage in things you used to enjoy? While moments in life can feel hopeless, there is hope! With therapy, you can work to overcome painful emotions and make changes that align with your values. I will work with you to develop and learn the tools necessary to lead the life you envision for yourself and to meet your goals. To accomplish this, I focus on creating a safe place for you to explore your feelings and experiences, while offering concrete tools for change.
I have over five years of experience working with individuals looking to overcome depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and many others struggles.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed with emotions that are hard to understand, let alone manage? Do you sometimes feel hopeless, finding it difficult to engage in things you used to enjoy? While moments in life can feel hopeless, there is hope! With therapy, you can work to overcome painful emotions and make changes that align with your values. I will work with you to develop and learn the tools necessary to lead the life you envision for yourself and to meet your goals. To accomplish this, I focus on creating a safe place for you to explore your feelings and experiences, while offering concrete tools for change.
(463) 223-3819 View (463) 223-3819
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Traci Kay Schank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46237  (Online Only)
Working with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline, prenatal and postpartum, attachment and adjustment disorders are my specialities.
“There is a disconnect between who I am and who I want to be" "I am ready to turn over a new leaf!". Let me help you take control of your life, thoughts, self-esteem, and motivation. We can work together to help you get back to a life of joy and a passion to live again. My ideal client is ready for growth, self-exploration, and inspiration! You have already made the important first step by searching what possibilities might be out there. If you are ready to do some work, give me a call! I am a structured clinician and my motto is "I don't waste your time".
Working with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline, prenatal and postpartum, attachment and adjustment disorders are my specialities.
“There is a disconnect between who I am and who I want to be" "I am ready to turn over a new leaf!". Let me help you take control of your life, thoughts, self-esteem, and motivation. We can work together to help you get back to a life of joy and a passion to live again. My ideal client is ready for growth, self-exploration, and inspiration! You have already made the important first step by searching what possibilities might be out there. If you are ready to do some work, give me a call! I am a structured clinician and my motto is "I don't waste your time".
(463) 263-3847 View (463) 263-3847
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Mindful Morphosis Counseling Services
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
We also work with clients struggling with mood including bipolar and depression, anxiety and phobias, identity, LGBTQ+ issues, and various life adjustments.
Are you feeling stuck? Having difficulty keeping up? Wanting to make a change but don't know where to begin? Change can be scary, and even more intimidating if feeling overwhelmed or alone. But change is possible and always offers an opportunity for growth and hope for a better future. We have years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals of all ages and families of all backgrounds. We offer a calm, warm, nonjudgmental space where issues of all types and sizes may be explored. In this safe, supportive environment, therapeutic services are adapted to meet clients' individualized needs.
We also work with clients struggling with mood including bipolar and depression, anxiety and phobias, identity, LGBTQ+ issues, and various life adjustments.
Are you feeling stuck? Having difficulty keeping up? Wanting to make a change but don't know where to begin? Change can be scary, and even more intimidating if feeling overwhelmed or alone. But change is possible and always offers an opportunity for growth and hope for a better future. We have years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals of all ages and families of all backgrounds. We offer a calm, warm, nonjudgmental space where issues of all types and sizes may be explored. In this safe, supportive environment, therapeutic services are adapted to meet clients' individualized needs.
(317) 699-8285 View (317) 699-8285
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Julie Quigley
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, LPCC-S, ACS, LPSC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I have already counseled my ideal client. I worked with a client who came to me in her most significant time of need. She was ready to put in work and wanted to develop. She was diagnosed with Bipolar I and had several suicide attempts. She could externalize her mania and use fitness and wellness to push through her episodes. She is happy and healthy and uses her experiences to help others. My services involve psychotherapy using techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI), with a trauma-informed framework.
I have already counseled my ideal client. I worked with a client who came to me in her most significant time of need. She was ready to put in work and wanted to develop. She was diagnosed with Bipolar I and had several suicide attempts. She could externalize her mania and use fitness and wellness to push through her episodes. She is happy and healthy and uses her experiences to help others. My services involve psychotherapy using techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI), with a trauma-informed framework.
(463) 244-5546 View (463) 244-5546
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Phillips Hwang
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC, CST, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46268  (Online Only)
I compassionately and skillfully provide evidence based treatment to couples, adults, and adolescents struggling with sexual issues such as difficulties in marital sexuality, affair recovery, sexual addiction and sexual abuse. I also provide couples counseling, premarital counseling, and individual counseling with presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, family issues, and spiritual issues. I also integrate Christian spirituality and spiritual formation into counseling sessions for clients who request this specialty. Ultimately, my desire is to journey with those who are hurting and broken to help them find true healing and hope.
I compassionately and skillfully provide evidence based treatment to couples, adults, and adolescents struggling with sexual issues such as difficulties in marital sexuality, affair recovery, sexual addiction and sexual abuse. I also provide couples counseling, premarital counseling, and individual counseling with presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, family issues, and spiritual issues. I also integrate Christian spirituality and spiritual formation into counseling sessions for clients who request this specialty. Ultimately, my desire is to journey with those who are hurting and broken to help them find true healing and hope.
(317) 451-5133 View (317) 451-5133
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Barbara Thornburg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260
I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over thirty years working with adults, adolescents and older children, parents, couples, and families. I specialize in the areas of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, grief/bereavement, and women's issues.
I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over thirty years working with adults, adolescents and older children, parents, couples, and families. I specialize in the areas of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, grief/bereavement, and women's issues.
(317) 855-0306 x5 View (317) 855-0306 x5
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Jackie Hunter
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46268  (Online Only)
Hi there. I'm so happy you found my counseling profile. I have experience with a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug issues, PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar and other mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. I have an eclectic approach to therapy using different techniques such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, psychoeducation, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person-centered therapy.
Hi there. I'm so happy you found my counseling profile. I have experience with a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug issues, PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar and other mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. I have an eclectic approach to therapy using different techniques such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, psychoeducation, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person-centered therapy.
(317) 961-2792 View (317) 961-2792
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Dawn of a Brighter Today, LLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46237
I have been active in the mental health field for almost 20 years. I believe that therapy is a process that focuses on balance in all areas of life. My practice has been open for 7 years and continues to grow. I work primarily with teenagers and young adults but also see adults and families. Areas of specialty include but are not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Grief and Loss, Borderline Personality Disorder and trauma. My framework of therapy is based off of DBT principles.
I have been active in the mental health field for almost 20 years. I believe that therapy is a process that focuses on balance in all areas of life. My practice has been open for 7 years and continues to grow. I work primarily with teenagers and young adults but also see adults and families. Areas of specialty include but are not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Grief and Loss, Borderline Personality Disorder and trauma. My framework of therapy is based off of DBT principles.
(317) 671-7673 View (317) 671-7673
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Heather Martin
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Heather Martin, a licensed mental health therapist in Indiana. After 7+ years in community mental health, I now exclusively offer online therapy, with over 2 years of telemedicine experience (video and phone sessions). My extensive background spans diverse clients and disorders, specializing in depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also address life transitions, relationships, self-harm, identity, crises, grief, self-esteem, and offer support to the LGBTQ+ community. From severe mental illnesses to post-hospital care, including suicidal ideation, bipolar, and schizophrenia, I support a wide range of concerns.
Hello! I'm Heather Martin, a licensed mental health therapist in Indiana. After 7+ years in community mental health, I now exclusively offer online therapy, with over 2 years of telemedicine experience (video and phone sessions). My extensive background spans diverse clients and disorders, specializing in depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also address life transitions, relationships, self-harm, identity, crises, grief, self-esteem, and offer support to the LGBTQ+ community. From severe mental illnesses to post-hospital care, including suicidal ideation, bipolar, and schizophrenia, I support a wide range of concerns.
(317) 456-2043 View (317) 456-2043
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Megan Passaloukos
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also work with clients struggling with mood including bipolar and depression, anxiety and phobias, identity, LGBTQ+ issues, and various life adjustments.
Are you feeling stuck? Having difficulty keeping up? Wanting to make a change but don't know where to start? Change can be scary, and even more intimidating if feeling overwhelmed or alone. But change is possible, offers an opportunity for growth, and there is always hope for a better future. I have years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals of all ages and families of all backgrounds. I offer a calm, warm, nonjudgmental space where issues of all types and sizes may be explored. In a safe, supportive environment, therapeutic services are adapted to meet your individualized needs and goals.
I also work with clients struggling with mood including bipolar and depression, anxiety and phobias, identity, LGBTQ+ issues, and various life adjustments.
Are you feeling stuck? Having difficulty keeping up? Wanting to make a change but don't know where to start? Change can be scary, and even more intimidating if feeling overwhelmed or alone. But change is possible, offers an opportunity for growth, and there is always hope for a better future. I have years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals of all ages and families of all backgrounds. I offer a calm, warm, nonjudgmental space where issues of all types and sizes may be explored. In a safe, supportive environment, therapeutic services are adapted to meet your individualized needs and goals.
(317) 699-8354 View (317) 699-8354
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Peggy B Barnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46254
My therapy style is based in gaining insight, developing coping skills, and overcoming obstacles that create anxiety and depression. I work with clients to overcome trauma and develop empowerment for the future. In working with Bipolar Disorder, I find education and identifying triggers are paramount to managing symptoms. I will explore with you what has not worked in the past, and what will work going forward.
My therapy style is based in gaining insight, developing coping skills, and overcoming obstacles that create anxiety and depression. I work with clients to overcome trauma and develop empowerment for the future. In working with Bipolar Disorder, I find education and identifying triggers are paramount to managing symptoms. I will explore with you what has not worked in the past, and what will work going forward.
(317) 516-0085 View (317) 516-0085
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Marcia Boring
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260
In over 30 years of clinical practice, I have had a wide range of experiences providing services to a clients who struggle with both long term and acute mental health needs. My experience includes treating individuals, families and groups with mood disorders (bipolar), depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss,ADHD, Asperger's, etc. My goal is to create an environment where a client feels comfortable, safe and heard. I make every effort to meet the client where they are in the treatment process always focusing on what best meets the current needs.
In over 30 years of clinical practice, I have had a wide range of experiences providing services to a clients who struggle with both long term and acute mental health needs. My experience includes treating individuals, families and groups with mood disorders (bipolar), depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss,ADHD, Asperger's, etc. My goal is to create an environment where a client feels comfortable, safe and heard. I make every effort to meet the client where they are in the treatment process always focusing on what best meets the current needs.
(317) 427-5204 x1 View (317) 427-5204 x1
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Generations Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Our niche areas include working with individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Are you looking for practical solutions to your problems? Would you like to get in to see someone right away -- not in a few months? Are you looking for a qualified therapist who is invested in you and helping you reach your goals? If so, give us a call. We are well-trained, available, and willing to work with you to find the help you need. Our goal is to help you find real solutions to real problems, and ultimately, to help you become your own therapist so that you can be the best version of yourself you can be.
Our niche areas include working with individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Are you looking for practical solutions to your problems? Would you like to get in to see someone right away -- not in a few months? Are you looking for a qualified therapist who is invested in you and helping you reach your goals? If so, give us a call. We are well-trained, available, and willing to work with you to find the help you need. Our goal is to help you find real solutions to real problems, and ultimately, to help you become your own therapist so that you can be the best version of yourself you can be.
(317) 659-8002 View (317) 659-8002
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Dr. Elizabeth Jackson
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Areas of Interest : Anxiety, Autism Evaluations, ADHD, Family Therapy, Divorce, Relationship and Social Skills Building, Veterans, Parenting Development, Legal Issues and Court Ordered Evaluations or Counseling, Assessment Services, Substance Use, Personality and Intelligence, Depression , Bipolar Disorder.
I have been practicing psychology very successfully in the Indianapolis/Carmel area for over 20 years. My story includes how I overcame my own struggles during a difficult divorce and the death of my father by using highly researched and validated techniques. As a result, I have mastered a clinically valid approach to overcoming life challenges. I believe my role is to serve as a facilitator to assist you in healing and realizing your true potential by developing the skill set to walk a uniquely determined path toward self-actualization.
Areas of Interest : Anxiety, Autism Evaluations, ADHD, Family Therapy, Divorce, Relationship and Social Skills Building, Veterans, Parenting Development, Legal Issues and Court Ordered Evaluations or Counseling, Assessment Services, Substance Use, Personality and Intelligence, Depression , Bipolar Disorder.
I have been practicing psychology very successfully in the Indianapolis/Carmel area for over 20 years. My story includes how I overcame my own struggles during a difficult divorce and the death of my father by using highly researched and validated techniques. As a result, I have mastered a clinically valid approach to overcoming life challenges. I believe my role is to serve as a facilitator to assist you in healing and realizing your true potential by developing the skill set to walk a uniquely determined path toward self-actualization.
(317) 644-4358 View (317) 644-4358
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Lisa Toth
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220  (Online Only)
I have worked with individuals who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma.
I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana and received my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have five years of experience working in a community mental health setting and also work at a private practice.
I have worked with individuals who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma.
I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana and received my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have five years of experience working in a community mental health setting and also work at a private practice.
(317) 342-5033 View (317) 342-5033

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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.