Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Las Vegas, NV

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CBC Counseling and Empowerment Services
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, LMFT-I
Las Vegas, NV 89107
I have experience treating Bipolar Disorder, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD, and Trauma.
The primary focus of my practice is to ensure a welcoming environment where client’s feel safe, comfortable, and empowered throughout the therapeutic process. Providing individual, couples, child, and family services.
I have experience treating Bipolar Disorder, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD, and Trauma.
The primary focus of my practice is to ensure a welcoming environment where client’s feel safe, comfortable, and empowered throughout the therapeutic process. Providing individual, couples, child, and family services.
(702) 819-8224 View (702) 819-8224
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Shelly Ervin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Hello, I'm Shelly Ervin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey towards mental well-being. With a commitment to understanding and healing, I specialize in working with those who navigate the complexities of suicidal ideations, chronic stress, PTSD, and bipolar disorder.
Hello, I'm Shelly Ervin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey towards mental well-being. With a commitment to understanding and healing, I specialize in working with those who navigate the complexities of suicidal ideations, chronic stress, PTSD, and bipolar disorder.
(702) 664-8685 View (702) 664-8685
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Skylar Parker
LPC Intern, MS, CPC-I , CADC-I
Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89120
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, substance use, etc.
I am a person-centered therapist who believes that YOU are the expert of your life. I act as a guide to assist you in reaching the best possible you. I would describe myself as a genuine, authentic, and open-minded clinician. I take a person-centered approach and will use interventions such as CBT, DBT, ACT, etc. to best fit the presenting concerns. My goal is to empower every single one of my clients, in order for them to reach new heights in their mental health journey.
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, substance use, etc.
I am a person-centered therapist who believes that YOU are the expert of your life. I act as a guide to assist you in reaching the best possible you. I would describe myself as a genuine, authentic, and open-minded clinician. I take a person-centered approach and will use interventions such as CBT, DBT, ACT, etc. to best fit the presenting concerns. My goal is to empower every single one of my clients, in order for them to reach new heights in their mental health journey.
(702) 803-1769 View (702) 803-1769
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Emily Ellis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123  (Online Only)
It's a privilege to join you on your journey toward genuine personal growth! With seven years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I specialize in supporting teenagers and adults. My expertise covers various challenges, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, grief, faith transitions, and relationship struggles.
It's a privilege to join you on your journey toward genuine personal growth! With seven years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I specialize in supporting teenagers and adults. My expertise covers various challenges, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, grief, faith transitions, and relationship struggles.
(725) 900-0881 View (725) 900-0881
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Nancy Domiano-Sader
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LADC
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Sometimes life is so very overwhelming and we just want to sort it all out with someone we can trust. Sometimes we are unable to confide in family and friends. Sometimes they are the problem! I am an experienced and passionate therapist with over 26 years dedicated to mental health. I seek to understand before attempting to being understood. My specialties include relationship repair, couples therapy, treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar D/O, and PPD and specializing in Couples Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Sometimes life is so very overwhelming and we just want to sort it all out with someone we can trust. Sometimes we are unable to confide in family and friends. Sometimes they are the problem! I am an experienced and passionate therapist with over 26 years dedicated to mental health. I seek to understand before attempting to being understood. My specialties include relationship repair, couples therapy, treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar D/O, and PPD and specializing in Couples Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
(702) 570-8034 View (702) 570-8034
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Dr. Jodi Niswonger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89130  (Online Only)
I've been an expert in PTSD, vicarious trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, sexual abuse, relationship issues and parenting concerns for close to twenty years.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges? Do you find it difficult to navigate through your thoughts and emotions? It's time to take control and pave a path towards a happier you. Psychotherapy is a transformative experience that can unlock your true potential and lead you to a fulfilling life. It offers you a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your inner self, tackle deep-rooted issues, and develop coping strategies for life's obstacles. The majority of people know the life they want, they just aren't sure how to get it. I can help you get the life you deserve! Contact me now and let's get started.
I've been an expert in PTSD, vicarious trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, sexual abuse, relationship issues and parenting concerns for close to twenty years.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges? Do you find it difficult to navigate through your thoughts and emotions? It's time to take control and pave a path towards a happier you. Psychotherapy is a transformative experience that can unlock your true potential and lead you to a fulfilling life. It offers you a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your inner self, tackle deep-rooted issues, and develop coping strategies for life's obstacles. The majority of people know the life they want, they just aren't sure how to get it. I can help you get the life you deserve! Contact me now and let's get started.
(702) 728-3146 View (702) 728-3146
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Jen Mitzel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89110
I work with children with behavioral disorders, adults and children with psychosis, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, and many other stressors.
We all suffer challenges in life and oftentimes therapy is the answer to those challenges. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual and family work. I have been a Social Worker for 20 years and have worked in a variety of settings including both in-patient and out-patient therapy. I enjoy working with all age groups from children to geriatrics.
I work with children with behavioral disorders, adults and children with psychosis, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, and many other stressors.
We all suffer challenges in life and oftentimes therapy is the answer to those challenges. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual and family work. I have been a Social Worker for 20 years and have worked in a variety of settings including both in-patient and out-patient therapy. I enjoy working with all age groups from children to geriatrics.
(702) 983-2034 View (702) 983-2034
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Shandy Melson
Counselor, MS, NCC, LCPC, LCADC-S
Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89142  (Online Only)
Recovery from substance use disorders, trauma, bipolar disorder and depression, and anxiety disorders requires rediscovering who you truly are; coping skills help, but are not enough.
I have been counseling adolescents, children, and adults since 2010 to overcome substance use disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety and more. Therapy involves active participation from the client and the therapist so that the focus of therapy is always on the client and his/her goals. Sometimes clients know exactly what they need out of therapy; other times the client discovers new goals to achieve over the course of a few sessions. Therapy has the potential to help you better understand yourself and how you experience the world.
Recovery from substance use disorders, trauma, bipolar disorder and depression, and anxiety disorders requires rediscovering who you truly are; coping skills help, but are not enough.
I have been counseling adolescents, children, and adults since 2010 to overcome substance use disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety and more. Therapy involves active participation from the client and the therapist so that the focus of therapy is always on the client and his/her goals. Sometimes clients know exactly what they need out of therapy; other times the client discovers new goals to achieve over the course of a few sessions. Therapy has the potential to help you better understand yourself and how you experience the world.
(702) 710-3859 View (702) 710-3859
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Louise Cialkowski
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Louise Cialkowski is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Nevada who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Nursing from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist from Loyola University and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. Louise has extensive experience working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, chronic health issues, and trauma. She has also helped people who experienced physical and/or emotional abuse. Her counseling style is warm, welcoming, and authentic.
Louise Cialkowski is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Nevada who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Nursing from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist from Loyola University and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. Louise has extensive experience working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, chronic health issues, and trauma. She has also helped people who experienced physical and/or emotional abuse. Her counseling style is warm, welcoming, and authentic.
(702) 904-9984 View (702) 904-9984
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Dr. Juan Garcia
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Garcia is trained to address a wide range of issues including Relationship Concerns, Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Sexual Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Alcohol, Drug concerns, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD), Schizophrenia, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive, Test Anxiety, Anger Management, and much more.
*COVID-19 Update: Dr. Garcia's practice remains *open* for business. Video or phone sessions immediately available. Extra safety measures implemented otherwise*...With a Ph.D. credential, Dr. Garcia proudly provides a comprehensive counseling service that is sparse for this area. Dr. Garcia's training background is joined with a personable and compassionate demeanor that helps to serve the local community, which is ranked 44th in the country for Ph.D.-trained Psychotherapists (i.e., "Psychologists") per capita. Counseling services include Pre-Marital, Marriage, Couples, Individual, Family, Crisis, Sex Therapy, & Group Counseling.
Garcia is trained to address a wide range of issues including Relationship Concerns, Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Sexual Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Alcohol, Drug concerns, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD), Schizophrenia, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive, Test Anxiety, Anger Management, and much more.
*COVID-19 Update: Dr. Garcia's practice remains *open* for business. Video or phone sessions immediately available. Extra safety measures implemented otherwise*...With a Ph.D. credential, Dr. Garcia proudly provides a comprehensive counseling service that is sparse for this area. Dr. Garcia's training background is joined with a personable and compassionate demeanor that helps to serve the local community, which is ranked 44th in the country for Ph.D.-trained Psychotherapists (i.e., "Psychologists") per capita. Counseling services include Pre-Marital, Marriage, Couples, Individual, Family, Crisis, Sex Therapy, & Group Counseling.
(702) 291-8364 View (702) 291-8364
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Nueva Vida Mental Health
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Mental health diagnosis treatment specialties are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, dual diagnosis/comorbidity, and personality disorders.
Life can be difficult, overwhelming, and unfair at times. This is why finding the right person to help you is crucial. Your new therapist should have the level of work and educational experience that caters to your specific needs, as well be able to create a sense of safety, trust, accountability, empowerment, understanding, honesty and support for you. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marysol Rezanov, can offer you all of this.
Mental health diagnosis treatment specialties are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, dual diagnosis/comorbidity, and personality disorders.
Life can be difficult, overwhelming, and unfair at times. This is why finding the right person to help you is crucial. Your new therapist should have the level of work and educational experience that caters to your specific needs, as well be able to create a sense of safety, trust, accountability, empowerment, understanding, honesty and support for you. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marysol Rezanov, can offer you all of this.
(702) 830-4993 View (702) 830-4993
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Ann Marie Rossotti
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89101  (Online Only)
I am a committed and motivated, mental health professional with a strong background in a variety of mental health diagnoses, including Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, ADHD Assessments, PTSD, Bipolar and Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorders.
Passionate about providing a wide array of services to clients, such as identifying the root causes of the concern, develop effective solutions to provide effective and ethical services to clients. I strive to be a personable mental health therapist, focusing on critical thinking skills; together we will evaluate, and interpret information to form reasoned judgments and make sound decisions.
I am a committed and motivated, mental health professional with a strong background in a variety of mental health diagnoses, including Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, ADHD Assessments, PTSD, Bipolar and Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorders.
Passionate about providing a wide array of services to clients, such as identifying the root causes of the concern, develop effective solutions to provide effective and ethical services to clients. I strive to be a personable mental health therapist, focusing on critical thinking skills; together we will evaluate, and interpret information to form reasoned judgments and make sound decisions.
(702) 710-5213 View (702) 710-5213
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Eveliz Ivette Robles
Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89128  (Online Only)
Specialty areas include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, general mood disorders post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
Now accepting new clients. - I am fluent in Spanish. - Weekdays & evening appointments available. I strive to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern & action to the counseling process in order to maximize outcomes & provide genuine healing & wholeness to individuals, children & families. - Me esfuerzo por aportar una combinación eficaz de experiencia, pericia, claridad, preocupación y acción al proceso de asesoramiento para maximizar los resultados y brindar sanación genuina y plenitud a las personas, los niños y las familias. I am trained to conduct effective immigration evaluations.
Specialty areas include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, general mood disorders post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
Now accepting new clients. - I am fluent in Spanish. - Weekdays & evening appointments available. I strive to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern & action to the counseling process in order to maximize outcomes & provide genuine healing & wholeness to individuals, children & families. - Me esfuerzo por aportar una combinación eficaz de experiencia, pericia, claridad, preocupación y acción al proceso de asesoramiento para maximizar los resultados y brindar sanación genuina y plenitud a las personas, los niños y las familias. I am trained to conduct effective immigration evaluations.
(702) 904-8890 View (702) 904-8890
Alana Jackson
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, PhD, LCADC, CPC, MAC, CCTP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89123
I believe everyone has the power to change and become the person they want to be. I like to work with people to help empower the positive change. I strive to provide a safe and confidential environment to assist in the counseling process. I have an extensive background working with addictions of every type in addition to mental issues including depression, bipolar, and stress management.
I believe everyone has the power to change and become the person they want to be. I like to work with people to help empower the positive change. I strive to provide a safe and confidential environment to assist in the counseling process. I have an extensive background working with addictions of every type in addition to mental issues including depression, bipolar, and stress management.
(702) 675-8967 View (702) 675-8967
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Finding Hope Beyond Trauma
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-Int
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119  (Online Only)
PTSD, Military Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Racial Trauma Experience or Exposure to Violence, Nightmares, Chronic Pain/Illness, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, And Much More.
Finding Hope Beyond Trauma is a nonprofit mental health organization specializing in addressing and clearing the trauma that tends to keep individuals stuck and unhealthy. Insurance companies shouldn’t be the final say on what type of therapy, and how many sessions people with mental health issues should have. That is why our goal is to provide quality mental health services. Our mission is to deliver quality mental health services so that each person suffering through trauma or life issues can “Find Hope”.
PTSD, Military Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Racial Trauma Experience or Exposure to Violence, Nightmares, Chronic Pain/Illness, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, And Much More.
Finding Hope Beyond Trauma is a nonprofit mental health organization specializing in addressing and clearing the trauma that tends to keep individuals stuck and unhealthy. Insurance companies shouldn’t be the final say on what type of therapy, and how many sessions people with mental health issues should have. That is why our goal is to provide quality mental health services. Our mission is to deliver quality mental health services so that each person suffering through trauma or life issues can “Find Hope”.
(702) 728-3118 View (702) 728-3118
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Taber Gibbons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
22 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89147
I have experience helping clients with trauma processing and recovery, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction recovery, and reunification of families.
I appreciate the hard work and time that each person puts into counseling and I am committed to helping clients find change and improvement. I use research-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused therapy to help individuals, couples and families improve relationships or recover former trust and commitment. I focus on facilitating stronger relationships with those in a client's support system. I am committed to each individual and using each session to identify and address concerns and questions for individuals, couples, and families.
I have experience helping clients with trauma processing and recovery, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction recovery, and reunification of families.
I appreciate the hard work and time that each person puts into counseling and I am committed to helping clients find change and improvement. I use research-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused therapy to help individuals, couples and families improve relationships or recover former trust and commitment. I focus on facilitating stronger relationships with those in a client's support system. I am committed to each individual and using each session to identify and address concerns and questions for individuals, couples, and families.
(702) 766-4253 View (702) 766-4253
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Thomas A. Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDAC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89113  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bipolar, schizophrenia, active duty/veterans/families, work stress, death of loved ones, thoughts of suicide and difficulties with drugs and alcohol.
It can be difficult searching for a therapist you feel comfortable enough with so that you can finally get through painful and sensitive issues, I know, I've been there. That's why my number one goal is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with you as the client. For more info about me and my practice, please visit my website at: thomasjoneslcsw.com
I have extensive experience in: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bipolar, schizophrenia, active duty/veterans/families, work stress, death of loved ones, thoughts of suicide and difficulties with drugs and alcohol.
It can be difficult searching for a therapist you feel comfortable enough with so that you can finally get through painful and sensitive issues, I know, I've been there. That's why my number one goal is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with you as the client. For more info about me and my practice, please visit my website at: thomasjoneslcsw.com
(702) 766-9450 View (702) 766-9450
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Alisa Socash
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123  (Online Only)
Areas of specialty include Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD and Trauma, Stress Management, Suportive therapy for individuals with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Grief, and Coping with the Changes & Transitions of life.
Life can sometimes feel overwhelming. Some days it seems like we have too many choices to make…and other days, too few. I have spent 30 years working with people who are ready to make positive change in their lives. My practice has includes work with individuals, couples and families, with a variety of needs. I am currently providing HIPAA compliant tele-health for individuals ages 17 and up.
Areas of specialty include Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD and Trauma, Stress Management, Suportive therapy for individuals with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Grief, and Coping with the Changes & Transitions of life.
Life can sometimes feel overwhelming. Some days it seems like we have too many choices to make…and other days, too few. I have spent 30 years working with people who are ready to make positive change in their lives. My practice has includes work with individuals, couples and families, with a variety of needs. I am currently providing HIPAA compliant tele-health for individuals ages 17 and up.
(702) 745-5859 View (702) 745-5859
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Rebecca Korzilius Kerl
LPC Intern, Intern , MS, CPC
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89117
I have a passion for working with teens and adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. I also have experience and enjoy working with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, giftedness, gender identity, LGBTQ, sexual health, and alternative lifestyles. I love helping people figure out how to work through social issues, relationship concerns, issues with school, work, or just life in general. I identify in this community and understand the challenges of living with a Neurodiverse brain. My commitment is to support you in becoming the best version of yourself and to empower you to embrace your unique mind.
I have a passion for working with teens and adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. I also have experience and enjoy working with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, giftedness, gender identity, LGBTQ, sexual health, and alternative lifestyles. I love helping people figure out how to work through social issues, relationship concerns, issues with school, work, or just life in general. I identify in this community and understand the challenges of living with a Neurodiverse brain. My commitment is to support you in becoming the best version of yourself and to empower you to embrace your unique mind.
(725) 208-5347 View (725) 208-5347
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Michelle Hines
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89141
I work with children, teens, and adults to manage and assist with difficulties that interfere with daily functioning, which include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and loss issues, divorce, and trauma while working together to reach goals in a safe and confidential environment.
I work with children, teens, and adults to manage and assist with difficulties that interfere with daily functioning, which include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and loss issues, divorce, and trauma while working together to reach goals in a safe and confidential environment.
(406) 415-2158 View (406) 415-2158

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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.