Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Boston, MA

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Jonathan Scott Blake
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Over the last several years I have provided services for children with behavior issues, teens and young adults with mood disorders, bipolar, depression and anxiety, and adults with depression, substance abuse and phase of life difficulties.
Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help. But if you’re here, you are already that much closer to bettering yourself. Times have been very difficult, so know that you are not alone. Together we will identify your needs and struggles, and also reinforce your strengths that you may not even know you have. We will get you motivated, make you feel more confident and create the best coping skills for you to deal with daily struggles and to get you on with your life!
Over the last several years I have provided services for children with behavior issues, teens and young adults with mood disorders, bipolar, depression and anxiety, and adults with depression, substance abuse and phase of life difficulties.
Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help. But if you’re here, you are already that much closer to bettering yourself. Times have been very difficult, so know that you are not alone. Together we will identify your needs and struggles, and also reinforce your strengths that you may not even know you have. We will get you motivated, make you feel more confident and create the best coping skills for you to deal with daily struggles and to get you on with your life!
(339) 204-9680 View (339) 204-9680
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Kimberly Wabik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02118
Kimberly specializes in treating trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, and many other issues.
Kimberly Wabik is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Certified Trauma Specialist who has 10 years of experience partnering with youth, young adults, retired persons, and all ages in between.
Kimberly specializes in treating trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, and many other issues.
Kimberly Wabik is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Certified Trauma Specialist who has 10 years of experience partnering with youth, young adults, retired persons, and all ages in between.
(857) 420-7024 View (857) 420-7024
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Antonio S. Gomes
MA, MAEd
Boston, MA 02124  (Online Only)
While we are fully aware of what is happening at the conscious level, we have no idea what information is stored in the unconscious. For the most part, the source of most of our problems is stored in the unconscious. I help patients verbalize and get in touch with their unconscious, leading to a successful treatment. I Work with adults diagnosed with a psychotic mental disorder; highly functional patients, however, under psychotic medications. I also have experience working with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, and narcissistic personality disorder.
While we are fully aware of what is happening at the conscious level, we have no idea what information is stored in the unconscious. For the most part, the source of most of our problems is stored in the unconscious. I help patients verbalize and get in touch with their unconscious, leading to a successful treatment. I Work with adults diagnosed with a psychotic mental disorder; highly functional patients, however, under psychotic medications. I also have experience working with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, and narcissistic personality disorder.
(857) 273-1671 View (857) 273-1671
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David A Kapolis
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Boston, MA 02101  (Online Only)
It's important to say, as a therapist living with Bipolar Disorder and having lived experience with the past impacts of a mental health condition, I understand both from a personal and a clinical perspective the hold that mental health can have one's quality of life.
I enjoy utilizing a blend of therapy approaches tailored to the needs of each of my individual clients. I am a firm believer of meeting a person where they're at while helping them understand themselves and the world around them. Whether it's processing emotions, providing education and support, helping those understand the impact of trauma, learning new and practical skills or whether it's providing practical and pragmatic advice - all of these are important in treating my clients as a whole. I truly believe that I can be of help to anyone who is willing to move towards self-understanding and overall wellness.
It's important to say, as a therapist living with Bipolar Disorder and having lived experience with the past impacts of a mental health condition, I understand both from a personal and a clinical perspective the hold that mental health can have one's quality of life.
I enjoy utilizing a blend of therapy approaches tailored to the needs of each of my individual clients. I am a firm believer of meeting a person where they're at while helping them understand themselves and the world around them. Whether it's processing emotions, providing education and support, helping those understand the impact of trauma, learning new and practical skills or whether it's providing practical and pragmatic advice - all of these are important in treating my clients as a whole. I truly believe that I can be of help to anyone who is willing to move towards self-understanding and overall wellness.
(857) 392-3422 View (857) 392-3422
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Austin Seeley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
11 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116
My specialties include working with trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, gender dysphoria, and spiritual issues.
Having a fresh perspective can make a big difference when we are going through a difficult time. My clients often need support in multiple life areas and have complex needs. I offer a compassionate, honest and gentle approach to people looking for individual therapy and support. My experience is primarily related to working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma and other emotional issues. I use a contemplative style to help you utilize your own strengths and resilience.
My specialties include working with trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, gender dysphoria, and spiritual issues.
Having a fresh perspective can make a big difference when we are going through a difficult time. My clients often need support in multiple life areas and have complex needs. I offer a compassionate, honest and gentle approach to people looking for individual therapy and support. My experience is primarily related to working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma and other emotional issues. I use a contemplative style to help you utilize your own strengths and resilience.
(857) 349-9380 View (857) 349-9380
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Orlando Counseling & Supervision
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02215
I work with a number of different presenting issues including men's issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, life changes, couples and those who are struggling with substance use.
I work with a number of different presenting issues including men's issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, life changes, couples and those who are struggling with substance use.
(857) 422-6274 View (857) 422-6274
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Benjamin L. Thompson
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, PhD, LADC-1
Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I have experience working with and treating all types of addiction, including both substance and behavioral addictions. I also have considerable experience with and understanding of mental illnesses, including especially depressive, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. I tend to have the most success treating those for whom other approaches have not been effective. My approach is best fitted for those who feel utterly broken and desperate for change.
I have experience working with and treating all types of addiction, including both substance and behavioral addictions. I also have considerable experience with and understanding of mental illnesses, including especially depressive, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. I tend to have the most success treating those for whom other approaches have not been effective. My approach is best fitted for those who feel utterly broken and desperate for change.
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Cefora Rubin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02108
I am an expert at diagnosing and treating mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. I also cater to emotional problems interrupting everyday life, such as stress, grief, and relationship difficulties.
I am an expert at diagnosing and treating mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. I also cater to emotional problems interrupting everyday life, such as stress, grief, and relationship difficulties.
(857) 419-5711 View (857) 419-5711
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Huan-Tang Lu
Counselor, PhD, LMHC/PC, ACS, RPT, RN
Verified
Boston, MA 02135  (Online Only)
Common challenges that I work with include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, family conflicts, borderline personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
This is a space for everyone who would like to explore their full potential. You can find non-judgmental, unconditional acceptance here. This will be a journey for your personal growth and to reach your life goals, whether it's reaching higher or getting back in the direction you wish. We will work together frequently at the beginning and aim to reduce the frequency when you feel ready.
Common challenges that I work with include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, family conflicts, borderline personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
This is a space for everyone who would like to explore their full potential. You can find non-judgmental, unconditional acceptance here. This will be a journey for your personal growth and to reach your life goals, whether it's reaching higher or getting back in the direction you wish. We will work together frequently at the beginning and aim to reduce the frequency when you feel ready.
(617) 741-9360 View (617) 741-9360
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Dr. Jonathan Wilson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Most of my clients are simply looking for a therapist to help them work through a difficult stage of life with them, and I consider it an honor to be given that opportunity. I specialize in the treatment of relationships, depression, anxiety, sexual disorders, sexual/emotional/physical trauma, and PTSD. I also have a great deal of experience working with those with Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, sleep disorders, self-harm, and sex and pornography addiction. As an ally of the LGBT+ community, I work with individuals in any type of relationship.
Most of my clients are simply looking for a therapist to help them work through a difficult stage of life with them, and I consider it an honor to be given that opportunity. I specialize in the treatment of relationships, depression, anxiety, sexual disorders, sexual/emotional/physical trauma, and PTSD. I also have a great deal of experience working with those with Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, sleep disorders, self-harm, and sex and pornography addiction. As an ally of the LGBT+ community, I work with individuals in any type of relationship.
(617) 766-1038 View (617) 766-1038
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Piero Goytizolo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My specialties are within the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, with topics like grief and loss, immigration, college/career struggles, substance use, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and more.
Hello/hola! My name is Piero and I am a bilingual couples therapist who was born in Peru, identifies as a gay man, and loves pizza. I also enjoy meeting with individuals and families, and it would be an honor to see how I can help you. I believe the most important thing in our therapeutic relationship is our connection, and that you enjoy meeting with me. You want a therapist who you look forward to seeing and who you feel comfortable and safe with, who is also willing to challenge you and help you grow. I like to be warm and friendly as well as direct and blunt, use humor when appropriate, and am comfortable talking about anything.
My specialties are within the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, with topics like grief and loss, immigration, college/career struggles, substance use, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and more.
Hello/hola! My name is Piero and I am a bilingual couples therapist who was born in Peru, identifies as a gay man, and loves pizza. I also enjoy meeting with individuals and families, and it would be an honor to see how I can help you. I believe the most important thing in our therapeutic relationship is our connection, and that you enjoy meeting with me. You want a therapist who you look forward to seeing and who you feel comfortable and safe with, who is also willing to challenge you and help you grow. I like to be warm and friendly as well as direct and blunt, use humor when appropriate, and am comfortable talking about anything.
(617) 996-8904 View (617) 996-8904
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Ashley Anechiarico
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110
Ashley addresses anxiety, LGBTQIA+ issues, life transitions, women’s issues, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, burnout, depression, identity exploration, loneliness, PTSD, relationship challenges, stress, substance abuse, and trauma.
Ashley Anechiarico, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), is renowned for her compassionate and client-centered approach in therapy. Her practice caters to a wide array of clients, including young adults, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals coping with depression, anxiety, and emotional abuse. Ashley’s therapeutic style is grounded in collaboration and strength-based methods, tailored to address the unique needs of each client.
Ashley addresses anxiety, LGBTQIA+ issues, life transitions, women’s issues, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, burnout, depression, identity exploration, loneliness, PTSD, relationship challenges, stress, substance abuse, and trauma.
Ashley Anechiarico, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), is renowned for her compassionate and client-centered approach in therapy. Her practice caters to a wide array of clients, including young adults, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals coping with depression, anxiety, and emotional abuse. Ashley’s therapeutic style is grounded in collaboration and strength-based methods, tailored to address the unique needs of each client.
(617) 675-9343 View (617) 675-9343
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Maureen Walsh
Counselor, MA, PsyaCns, LMHC
Verified
Boston, MA 02118
My experience encompasses treating people with anxiety, depression, addictions (including dual diagnosis), bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, co-dependency, somatic issues, gender identity and LGBT issues.
Worry, Anxiety, Trauma, Depression, Grief, Overwhelming Feelings, Relationship Disasters... these are but a few of the issues that may lead someone to consider a professional who can support and assist you with your core concerns. I specialize in treating the human condition from a holistic perspective, always honoring the uniqueness of each individual and respecting their way of "being" in the world. Our aim together will be to explore and find revelations, resolutions,and solutions. Using a psychoanalytic approach, we will bring to light the driving forces behind the repetitive behaviors that tend to keep us attached to repeated outcomes.
My experience encompasses treating people with anxiety, depression, addictions (including dual diagnosis), bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, co-dependency, somatic issues, gender identity and LGBT issues.
Worry, Anxiety, Trauma, Depression, Grief, Overwhelming Feelings, Relationship Disasters... these are but a few of the issues that may lead someone to consider a professional who can support and assist you with your core concerns. I specialize in treating the human condition from a holistic perspective, always honoring the uniqueness of each individual and respecting their way of "being" in the world. Our aim together will be to explore and find revelations, resolutions,and solutions. Using a psychoanalytic approach, we will bring to light the driving forces behind the repetitive behaviors that tend to keep us attached to repeated outcomes.
(617) 396-7614 View (617) 396-7614
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Casey Hoffman
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Temporarily not accepting new clients. Hi I’m Casey – I’m so glad you’re here – looking for and reaching out for help is such a big step. I work at Radiant Behavioral Health Care, LLC with adults facing various challenges and am dedicated to helping people find healing and happiness in their lives. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Whether you are dealing with work stress, grief, trauma, anxious or depressive thoughts, I am committed to walking alongside you on your path to healing.
Temporarily not accepting new clients. Hi I’m Casey – I’m so glad you’re here – looking for and reaching out for help is such a big step. I work at Radiant Behavioral Health Care, LLC with adults facing various challenges and am dedicated to helping people find healing and happiness in their lives. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Whether you are dealing with work stress, grief, trauma, anxious or depressive thoughts, I am committed to walking alongside you on your path to healing.
(617) 915-4820 View (617) 915-4820
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Shelana A Simon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW, PhD(c)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115
She treats a wide spectrum of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Mood disorders and substance use disorders.
Welcoming NEW patients! I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health treatment requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and I currently practice in the Boston area. I obtained my Master of Social Work from Wheelock College, where I also obtained a certificate in Military counselling. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive. I am looking forward to collaborating with you on your care.
She treats a wide spectrum of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Mood disorders and substance use disorders.
Welcoming NEW patients! I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health treatment requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and I currently practice in the Boston area. I obtained my Master of Social Work from Wheelock College, where I also obtained a certificate in Military counselling. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive. I am looking forward to collaborating with you on your care.
(351) 333-1695 View (351) 333-1695
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Alicia Cronister-Morais
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115
I treat a wide spectrum of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Mood disorders and substance use disorders.
Welcoming NEW patients! I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health treatment requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and I currently practice in the Boston area. I obtained my master's degree in social work from Bridgewater State University, and I have extensive experience in various clinical settings. Among my populations of interest, are veterans with mood and co-occurring disorders, including PTSD and substance use disorders.
I treat a wide spectrum of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Mood disorders and substance use disorders.
Welcoming NEW patients! I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health treatment requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and I currently practice in the Boston area. I obtained my master's degree in social work from Bridgewater State University, and I have extensive experience in various clinical settings. Among my populations of interest, are veterans with mood and co-occurring disorders, including PTSD and substance use disorders.
(617) 405-8995 View (617) 405-8995
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Crystal Carrington Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I also work with people struggling with Bipolar disorder and other major mental illness.
I am looking to work with people who are not satisfied with how things are in their life, and ready to take control in order for their lives to improve. In addition to actively listening and problem solving, I coach individuals to activate specific techniques designed to be applied throughout their daily lives. It is in the hands of the individual to apply these skills in order to reach their goals. If an individual is not quite there, we'll work together to figure out what's blocking their potential.
I also work with people struggling with Bipolar disorder and other major mental illness.
I am looking to work with people who are not satisfied with how things are in their life, and ready to take control in order for their lives to improve. In addition to actively listening and problem solving, I coach individuals to activate specific techniques designed to be applied throughout their daily lives. It is in the hands of the individual to apply these skills in order to reach their goals. If an individual is not quite there, we'll work together to figure out what's blocking their potential.
(857) 995-5016 View (857) 995-5016
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Rainer Goldberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02131  (Online Only)
I pull from multiple modalities but my primary focus is based in Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) , Functional Remediation for bipolar disorder, and Transpersonal Psychotherapy.
Have you reached a point where your own will has sabotaged your life? Either recognizing how small you are in the grand scheme of things, lack of ability to transcend stagnancy or break free from bad habits or symptoms that rob you of joy? I have found the difference between being alive and living is rooted in transcending your identity (or sense of self ) beyond one dimensional perspectives, and I utilize the medium of color (and archetypes) to create a bridge between the conscious and unconscious world that exists within, among, and around you.
I pull from multiple modalities but my primary focus is based in Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) , Functional Remediation for bipolar disorder, and Transpersonal Psychotherapy.
Have you reached a point where your own will has sabotaged your life? Either recognizing how small you are in the grand scheme of things, lack of ability to transcend stagnancy or break free from bad habits or symptoms that rob you of joy? I have found the difference between being alive and living is rooted in transcending your identity (or sense of self ) beyond one dimensional perspectives, and I utilize the medium of color (and archetypes) to create a bridge between the conscious and unconscious world that exists within, among, and around you.
(206) 337-4521 View (206) 337-4521
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Patricia m Brady
Counselor, MS, LMFT, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114
I have worked as a clinician in mental health for over 25 years. I have dedicated myself to child welfare and have a specialty in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, adoption, attachment, Bipolar and addictions. I take a supportive approach to my client work so they are able to arrive at healthy solutions. I also have experience in family therapy taking a family systems approach to the work. My practice is located in the center of Medford and is easily accessible by public transportation. The staff in the office are all welcoming and there is a play space for children.
I have worked as a clinician in mental health for over 25 years. I have dedicated myself to child welfare and have a specialty in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, adoption, attachment, Bipolar and addictions. I take a supportive approach to my client work so they are able to arrive at healthy solutions. I also have experience in family therapy taking a family systems approach to the work. My practice is located in the center of Medford and is easily accessible by public transportation. The staff in the office are all welcoming and there is a play space for children.
(781) 676-3169 View (781) 676-3169
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Taylor Krulac
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108
I am passionate about my work and my clients' treatment progress. I am eager to get to know you, to get to know your therapy goals, and to get to know how we can tailor the treatment and therapy approach to uplift your current circumstance to achieve your ultimate potential while revitalizing your life passion and strengths. l work with adolescents and adults. I specialize working with individuals' presenting with a variety of mood disorders such as OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and acute crisis behaviors. Look no further! I believe there is hope and success with treatment.
I am passionate about my work and my clients' treatment progress. I am eager to get to know you, to get to know your therapy goals, and to get to know how we can tailor the treatment and therapy approach to uplift your current circumstance to achieve your ultimate potential while revitalizing your life passion and strengths. l work with adolescents and adults. I specialize working with individuals' presenting with a variety of mood disorders such as OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and acute crisis behaviors. Look no further! I believe there is hope and success with treatment.
(864) 641-0194 View (864) 641-0194

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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.