Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Brooklyn, NY

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Hillary Glick
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11233
If you suffer from depression/bipolar disorder, trauma history, or bad relationships you know how tough emotional pain is.
Trust and a sense of safety are necessary foundations for successful therapy. Yet they don't come automatically. They have to be built and earned over time. I respect the tremendous courage it takes to face up to deeply buried or avoided thoughts and feelings. I work best with people who take their therapy seriously and are curious about finding new ways of thinking about themselves and others in their lives. I use insight oriented therapies as well as mindfulness to help us stay in the moment. My approach is tailored individually to your needs. Recently I added EMDR and some IFS to my work.
If you suffer from depression/bipolar disorder, trauma history, or bad relationships you know how tough emotional pain is.
Trust and a sense of safety are necessary foundations for successful therapy. Yet they don't come automatically. They have to be built and earned over time. I respect the tremendous courage it takes to face up to deeply buried or avoided thoughts and feelings. I work best with people who take their therapy seriously and are curious about finding new ways of thinking about themselves and others in their lives. I use insight oriented therapies as well as mindfulness to help us stay in the moment. My approach is tailored individually to your needs. Recently I added EMDR and some IFS to my work.
(646) 386-2213 View (646) 386-2213
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Celina Chelala
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11206
I work collaboratively with people experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar I and II, and those who have experienced childhood sexual/physical/emotional trauma, and neglect.
Trauma can perpetuate loneliness and prevent you from connecting with yourself and others. I help clients work on increasing self-esteem by building self-compassion and self-acceptance. I also use the therapeutic relationship as a way to experience positive connection. This relational work is often a starting point to a sense of well-being and belonging outside of the therapy room. As a facilitator and companion in this process, I will support you on your path towards healing and creating a life that honors and reflects your truest self. Being in a safe, compassionate space can facilitate this process.
I work collaboratively with people experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar I and II, and those who have experienced childhood sexual/physical/emotional trauma, and neglect.
Trauma can perpetuate loneliness and prevent you from connecting with yourself and others. I help clients work on increasing self-esteem by building self-compassion and self-acceptance. I also use the therapeutic relationship as a way to experience positive connection. This relational work is often a starting point to a sense of well-being and belonging outside of the therapy room. As a facilitator and companion in this process, I will support you on your path towards healing and creating a life that honors and reflects your truest self. Being in a safe, compassionate space can facilitate this process.
(332) 248-0511 View (332) 248-0511
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Brannan Mary Piper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BS, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11237
I am an individual psychotherapist who has been practicing for over 30 years. Because of my extensive training I am equipped to treat numerous conditions. My areas of specialization focus on depression, Bipolar, anxiety, self-esteem, and problems originating in childhood. If you are facing any of these challenges then you have found the right therapist. Highly intuitive, gentle, curious and a good listener, I value a stance which is open-minded and non-judgmental. I provide a calming and affirming environment in which you are free to share your issues and problems.
I am an individual psychotherapist who has been practicing for over 30 years. Because of my extensive training I am equipped to treat numerous conditions. My areas of specialization focus on depression, Bipolar, anxiety, self-esteem, and problems originating in childhood. If you are facing any of these challenges then you have found the right therapist. Highly intuitive, gentle, curious and a good listener, I value a stance which is open-minded and non-judgmental. I provide a calming and affirming environment in which you are free to share your issues and problems.
(646) 681-8736 View (646) 681-8736
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Steve R Antoine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11203  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have been trained in Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and CBT for Couples).
I hope to contribute compassion to the recovery of people living productive lives but needing assistance managing mental health needs, interacting with others or navigating the behavioral health system. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience and engagement expertise in working collaboratively with diverse populations, families, groups, and individuals.
I have been trained in Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and CBT for Couples).
I hope to contribute compassion to the recovery of people living productive lives but needing assistance managing mental health needs, interacting with others or navigating the behavioral health system. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience and engagement expertise in working collaboratively with diverse populations, families, groups, and individuals.
(516) 271-3143 View (516) 271-3143
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Lisa Wilkinson
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11226
We work with depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, eating disorders, bereavement, borderline, autism, ADHD, addiction, sexual abuse, DV, medical illnesses, relationship problems, LGTBQ+, adjustment disorders and forensic cases.
Lisa Wilkinson is a LMHC with Footprints which was started by a therapist who realized that often times the services provided to low socio-economic communities is lacking quality care. We noticed these communities were confronted with long wait times, disrespectful admins, and subpar treatment. The one and only purpose was to exploit the community for profit without providing the level of care deserved. We began from the inspiration to provide quality mental health care to the poorest of communities and treating the clients of this community the same way a rich patient would be treated in a clinic treating affluent clients.
We work with depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, eating disorders, bereavement, borderline, autism, ADHD, addiction, sexual abuse, DV, medical illnesses, relationship problems, LGTBQ+, adjustment disorders and forensic cases.
Lisa Wilkinson is a LMHC with Footprints which was started by a therapist who realized that often times the services provided to low socio-economic communities is lacking quality care. We noticed these communities were confronted with long wait times, disrespectful admins, and subpar treatment. The one and only purpose was to exploit the community for profit without providing the level of care deserved. We began from the inspiration to provide quality mental health care to the poorest of communities and treating the clients of this community the same way a rich patient would be treated in a clinic treating affluent clients.
(646) 204-2295 View (646) 204-2295
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Point Clarity Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CFSW, SIFI
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11218
We are a group of Psychotherapists, each one specializing in a different area, to be able to provide expert treatment in specific needed areas. We have specialists trained in modalities such as Forensic, Addictions, Trauma, EMDR, Etc.We provide ongoing assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy and treatment planning to a socio-culturally diverse adult and adolescent population diagnosed with a full-spectrum of psychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety-related disorders, substance abuse and dependence, PTSD, ADHD, Post-Partum Depression, Trauma related issues, Family and relationship issues etc.
We are a group of Psychotherapists, each one specializing in a different area, to be able to provide expert treatment in specific needed areas. We have specialists trained in modalities such as Forensic, Addictions, Trauma, EMDR, Etc.We provide ongoing assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy and treatment planning to a socio-culturally diverse adult and adolescent population diagnosed with a full-spectrum of psychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety-related disorders, substance abuse and dependence, PTSD, ADHD, Post-Partum Depression, Trauma related issues, Family and relationship issues etc.
(718) 790-4290 View (718) 790-4290
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Rachel Rose-Sandow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Rachel Rose-Sandow is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 8 years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Rachel treats patients between the ages of 5 and 99 using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. Rachel has extensive experience counseling children (ages 5+), adolescents, adults, seniors, families, and groups in outpatient settings. In her clinical work, Rachel uses a person-centered approach to help each client make positive life changes and reach his/her unique goals.
Rachel Rose-Sandow is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 8 years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Rachel treats patients between the ages of 5 and 99 using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. Rachel has extensive experience counseling children (ages 5+), adolescents, adults, seniors, families, and groups in outpatient settings. In her clinical work, Rachel uses a person-centered approach to help each client make positive life changes and reach his/her unique goals.
(929) 442-2454 View (929) 442-2454
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Chaim Biberfeld LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Specialties include: Generalized Anxiety disorder, Depression, OCD (Including Scrupulosity), ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Relationship Issues (including abandonment and feelings of loss and rejection) and its attendant heartbreak, and life Coping Skills.
My practice consists largely of adolescents and young adults. My greatest assets are - an ability to connect with people in an accepting, non-judgmental and empathic way. Many young people today seek guidance and a better understanding of who they are and what they are feeling, their instinctive reactions and how to better understand themselves and gain from this crucial insight. Helping them through this life-changing learning process is my forte.
Specialties include: Generalized Anxiety disorder, Depression, OCD (Including Scrupulosity), ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Relationship Issues (including abandonment and feelings of loss and rejection) and its attendant heartbreak, and life Coping Skills.
My practice consists largely of adolescents and young adults. My greatest assets are - an ability to connect with people in an accepting, non-judgmental and empathic way. Many young people today seek guidance and a better understanding of who they are and what they are feeling, their instinctive reactions and how to better understand themselves and gain from this crucial insight. Helping them through this life-changing learning process is my forte.
(646) 846-2842 View (646) 846-2842
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David Freedman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11226  (Online Only)
I have experience working with individuals dealing with a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality and interpersonal issues.
Life transitions - from getting married, a new job, having children, or retirement - present us with new and unique challenges that we have to navigate. Oftentimes the challenges presented by these life transitions are informed by our experiences in navigating previous major life transitions. My approach to psychotherapy is to examine not only the current challenges but also any previous obstacles that we have faced in order to determine what interpersonal, internal, and skills-based needs may be getting in the way of successfully navigating the current situation.
I have experience working with individuals dealing with a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality and interpersonal issues.
Life transitions - from getting married, a new job, having children, or retirement - present us with new and unique challenges that we have to navigate. Oftentimes the challenges presented by these life transitions are informed by our experiences in navigating previous major life transitions. My approach to psychotherapy is to examine not only the current challenges but also any previous obstacles that we have faced in order to determine what interpersonal, internal, and skills-based needs may be getting in the way of successfully navigating the current situation.
(718) 682-7984 View (718) 682-7984
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Lyudmila Gonik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11230  (Online Only)
Currently, after 15 years of working at the city outpatient mental health clinic I am very excited to open my own private practice providing a high quality of care using telehealth platforms. I have experience helping clients of different age groups and with various mental health issues. My ideal client is someone who suffers from depression/ anxiety/ bipolar disorders, has relationships issues or difficulties to cope with work, school or life transitions stressors. Also, I like to help immigrants adjusting to living in the USA, especially clients from the former Soviet Union. I am fluent in English and Russian languages.
Currently, after 15 years of working at the city outpatient mental health clinic I am very excited to open my own private practice providing a high quality of care using telehealth platforms. I have experience helping clients of different age groups and with various mental health issues. My ideal client is someone who suffers from depression/ anxiety/ bipolar disorders, has relationships issues or difficulties to cope with work, school or life transitions stressors. Also, I like to help immigrants adjusting to living in the USA, especially clients from the former Soviet Union. I am fluent in English and Russian languages.
(718) 736-2721 View (718) 736-2721
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Stephanie Freitag
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11249
I regularly publish on trauma and bipolar disorder, so these are areas of particular speciality.
Hi, I'm Stephanie. I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in NY, NJ, CT, GA, and FL, and an adjunct professor at the Emory School of Medicine. I strive to provide a warm and safe space where patients can feel comfortable sharing without fear of judgment. My goal is to help my patients reflect on their values so that they can work towards what it means to be their "best self." I will always focus on treating the symptoms and not the "disorder," in an effort to tailor my approach to the individual. I am passionate about fighting stigma associated with mental illness and engage in advocacy and research outside of treating patients.
I regularly publish on trauma and bipolar disorder, so these are areas of particular speciality.
Hi, I'm Stephanie. I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in NY, NJ, CT, GA, and FL, and an adjunct professor at the Emory School of Medicine. I strive to provide a warm and safe space where patients can feel comfortable sharing without fear of judgment. My goal is to help my patients reflect on their values so that they can work towards what it means to be their "best self." I will always focus on treating the symptoms and not the "disorder," in an effort to tailor my approach to the individual. I am passionate about fighting stigma associated with mental illness and engage in advocacy and research outside of treating patients.
(646) 461-4212 View (646) 461-4212
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Dr. Regina Bordieri
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience helping couples & families cope with life transitions & heal past relationship injuries. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples escape negative cycles, reduce conflict & reconnect - research consistently shows 90% report significant improvements. I also offer short-term, skills-based relationship coaching, premarital counseling, and relationship enhancement programs, Discernment Counseling for couples considering divorce, & therapy for couples coping with a bipolar diagnosis. I offer flexible scheduling options including Sat & Sun every weekend & online schedule to self-book appointments.
I have extensive experience helping couples & families cope with life transitions & heal past relationship injuries. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples escape negative cycles, reduce conflict & reconnect - research consistently shows 90% report significant improvements. I also offer short-term, skills-based relationship coaching, premarital counseling, and relationship enhancement programs, Discernment Counseling for couples considering divorce, & therapy for couples coping with a bipolar diagnosis. I offer flexible scheduling options including Sat & Sun every weekend & online schedule to self-book appointments.
(619) 332-0627 View (619) 332-0627
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Lanya Snyder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I am experienced in treating individuals and their families affected by substance use disorders from initial assessment and intervention to navigating treatment and providing support in both early and long-term recovery. I am a certified rape crisis counselor and previously worked in Victim Services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, providing compassionate and comprehensive care to victims of violent crimes including, domestic violence, physical and sexual assault. I am adept at working with those who struggle with Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Anxiety.
I am experienced in treating individuals and their families affected by substance use disorders from initial assessment and intervention to navigating treatment and providing support in both early and long-term recovery. I am a certified rape crisis counselor and previously worked in Victim Services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, providing compassionate and comprehensive care to victims of violent crimes including, domestic violence, physical and sexual assault. I am adept at working with those who struggle with Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Anxiety.
(718) 550-2291 View (718) 550-2291
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Daria Diakonova-Curtis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with adults, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, and life transitions. My training has focused on helping people untangle the complex web of their past experiences to understand how they affect current thoughts and emotions. I am deeply committed to helping people overcome emotional challenges, grief reactions, and life stress, in order to lead lives full of hopefulness and meaning. I also work with bilingual and multicultural individuals, addressing concerns of immigration, identity, and relationships.
I am a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with adults, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, and life transitions. My training has focused on helping people untangle the complex web of their past experiences to understand how they affect current thoughts and emotions. I am deeply committed to helping people overcome emotional challenges, grief reactions, and life stress, in order to lead lives full of hopefulness and meaning. I also work with bilingual and multicultural individuals, addressing concerns of immigration, identity, and relationships.
(646) 257-2122 View (646) 257-2122
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Reuven Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11210
My clients have ranged in age from young children as early as 6 to geriatric individuals in their 80s. The issues I've addressed in my work with this community include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, various psychotic disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), life transitions, couples counseling, interpersonal and relationship issues, parental management, ADHD/ADD, school performance, and social difficulties.
My clients have ranged in age from young children as early as 6 to geriatric individuals in their 80s. The issues I've addressed in my work with this community include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, various psychotic disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), life transitions, couples counseling, interpersonal and relationship issues, parental management, ADHD/ADD, school performance, and social difficulties.
(929) 493-4531 View (929) 493-4531
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Blima M Weinbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11218
I have trained and specialize in several modalities such as CBT, Family Therapy, Group Therapy in addition to treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders and process addictions. I provide ongoing assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy and treatment planning to a socio-culturally diverse adult and adolescent population diagnosed with a full-spectrum of psychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety-related disorders, substance abuse and dependence, PTSD, ADHD, Trauma related issues and Family and relationship issues amongst others.
I have trained and specialize in several modalities such as CBT, Family Therapy, Group Therapy in addition to treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders and process addictions. I provide ongoing assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy and treatment planning to a socio-culturally diverse adult and adolescent population diagnosed with a full-spectrum of psychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety-related disorders, substance abuse and dependence, PTSD, ADHD, Trauma related issues and Family and relationship issues amongst others.
(646) 455-3315 View (646) 455-3315
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Alexandra K Milak
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, MHC-LP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11222
I provide psychotherapy to a diverse population of clients, specializing in survivors of trauma, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ issues, anger, family issues, couples' issues, bipolar disorder, chronic illness, grief and bereavement. My practice is rooted in principles of affirmation, intersectional justice, harm reduction, and embodiment and holds the position that social oppressions and systemic problems operate as barriers to wellness.
I provide psychotherapy to a diverse population of clients, specializing in survivors of trauma, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ issues, anger, family issues, couples' issues, bipolar disorder, chronic illness, grief and bereavement. My practice is rooted in principles of affirmation, intersectional justice, harm reduction, and embodiment and holds the position that social oppressions and systemic problems operate as barriers to wellness.
(347) 835-4464 View (347) 835-4464
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Fort Greene Therapy
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also specialize in helping individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, and other affective disorders.
I know that making the decision to seek a therapist is often a difficult one so I make sure that you have a safe, comforting, and professional place to discuss intimate details of your life with a trained therapist. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, rather I see it as collaborative; you and I will work together to help you achieve more peace and happiness in your life.
I also specialize in helping individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, and other affective disorders.
I know that making the decision to seek a therapist is often a difficult one so I make sure that you have a safe, comforting, and professional place to discuss intimate details of your life with a trained therapist. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, rather I see it as collaborative; you and I will work together to help you achieve more peace and happiness in your life.
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Barbara E McGlamery
Creative Arts Therapist, MA, LCAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Everything is unpredictable. The world, both at home and elsewhere might seem chaotic and when not chaotic, dull and repetitive. We can get stuck in ruts and not feel we are moving forward with our lives. You might already have a diagnosis of anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. Or you might just have a sense of unease or dismay at how your hard life is right now. Some also suffer from trauma or PTSD that compounds the misery. Anxiety alone can be distressing and debilitating. And worse, disheartening.
Everything is unpredictable. The world, both at home and elsewhere might seem chaotic and when not chaotic, dull and repetitive. We can get stuck in ruts and not feel we are moving forward with our lives. You might already have a diagnosis of anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. Or you might just have a sense of unease or dismay at how your hard life is right now. Some also suffer from trauma or PTSD that compounds the misery. Anxiety alone can be distressing and debilitating. And worse, disheartening.
(917) 909-8004 View (917) 909-8004
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Linnea Mavrides
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I am a clinical psychologist experienced in working with individuals and couples around a variety of emotional and life challenges, including grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance abuse. I specialize in working with women and couples dealing with challenges around pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum depression/anxiety, and adjustment to parenting. I also see mothers and infants together to address issues in attachment and communication. My orientation is primarily psychodynamic and interpersonal, although I am trained in CBT, DBT, and CPT and do integrate these strategies as needed.
I am a clinical psychologist experienced in working with individuals and couples around a variety of emotional and life challenges, including grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance abuse. I specialize in working with women and couples dealing with challenges around pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum depression/anxiety, and adjustment to parenting. I also see mothers and infants together to address issues in attachment and communication. My orientation is primarily psychodynamic and interpersonal, although I am trained in CBT, DBT, and CPT and do integrate these strategies as needed.
(917) 746-1648 View (917) 746-1648
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.