Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Columbus, OH

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Melissa Elbert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
Melissa Elbert is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with over seven years of experience working with clients in their communities as well as in office. She is passionate about assisting clients meet their goals for treatment. She has experience working with adults and couples. Melissa has post graduate training in CBT, DBT, anxiety disorders, trauma-informed care, ADHD, and CPT. Melissa specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders including alcohol use and opioid use.
Melissa Elbert is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with over seven years of experience working with clients in their communities as well as in office. She is passionate about assisting clients meet their goals for treatment. She has experience working with adults and couples. Melissa has post graduate training in CBT, DBT, anxiety disorders, trauma-informed care, ADHD, and CPT. Melissa specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders including alcohol use and opioid use.
(614) 968-9351 View (614) 968-9351
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Jarrod Beyler
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43204
I am a social worker and can help you with beating depression and anxiety. I see patients remotely via telemedicine services. In addition to my degree in social work, I have served in the US Army. I have experience working with clients who experience PTSD, depression, bipolar, grief, ADHD, and other mental health conditions. I would like to help my clients reach their goals and help them in finding the right tools to beat their conditions.
I am a social worker and can help you with beating depression and anxiety. I see patients remotely via telemedicine services. In addition to my degree in social work, I have served in the US Army. I have experience working with clients who experience PTSD, depression, bipolar, grief, ADHD, and other mental health conditions. I would like to help my clients reach their goals and help them in finding the right tools to beat their conditions.
(614) 635-7076 View (614) 635-7076
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Terrance Tufts
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
I have served those with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Family Issues, etc. My ideal client is motivated to roll up their sleeves and engage in the therapeutic process. They have an open mind and can practice effective coping skills to improve their overall functioning and quality of life. They can challenge themselves to be vulnerable and practice accountability while processing their problematic thinking patterns and behaviors in a safe and non-judgmental environment. They wish to engage in therapy because they realize that they need to make a change and are willing to take a leap of faith to make it happen.
I have served those with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Family Issues, etc. My ideal client is motivated to roll up their sleeves and engage in the therapeutic process. They have an open mind and can practice effective coping skills to improve their overall functioning and quality of life. They can challenge themselves to be vulnerable and practice accountability while processing their problematic thinking patterns and behaviors in a safe and non-judgmental environment. They wish to engage in therapy because they realize that they need to make a change and are willing to take a leap of faith to make it happen.
(614) 683-3237 View (614) 683-3237
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Racheal Wilson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085
Racheal Wilson (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is supervised by Michael Pollak, PCC-S. She provides individual counseling to adolescents (16+) and adults. Her areas of focus include bipolar disorder, dual-diagnosis, substance-use disorders, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, complex trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Racheal Wilson (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is supervised by Michael Pollak, PCC-S. She provides individual counseling to adolescents (16+) and adults. Her areas of focus include bipolar disorder, dual-diagnosis, substance-use disorders, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, complex trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Tim Masters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem and confidence, bipolar disorder, and OCD, amongst others.
I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem and confidence, bipolar disorder, and OCD, amongst others.
(562) 456-3413 View (562) 456-3413
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Marianne Falk
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
I've worked with diverse adult populations that included those that are managing life changes, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, familial and interpersonal issues to the chronically mentally ill.
Job loss, divorce, loss of a loved one, legal issues, health issues, even joyous occasions like a new addition to your family are just some of life's biggest challenges. Sometimes people can cope with life's instabilities for years and then suddenly, they just can't. The proverbial straw that has broken the camel's back. We learn the coping skills we once used are no longer working. By working together, we can develop effective ways to manage life's challenges I chose the counseling field out of a desire to help individuals find as much contentment in their lives as possible. My approach to helping clients is multi-faceted.
I've worked with diverse adult populations that included those that are managing life changes, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, familial and interpersonal issues to the chronically mentally ill.
Job loss, divorce, loss of a loved one, legal issues, health issues, even joyous occasions like a new addition to your family are just some of life's biggest challenges. Sometimes people can cope with life's instabilities for years and then suddenly, they just can't. The proverbial straw that has broken the camel's back. We learn the coping skills we once used are no longer working. By working together, we can develop effective ways to manage life's challenges I chose the counseling field out of a desire to help individuals find as much contentment in their lives as possible. My approach to helping clients is multi-faceted.
(380) 201-9254 View (380) 201-9254
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Sara Parko
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43221  (Online Only)
My expertise also extends to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, BPD, life transitions, sexual assault survivor services and trauma.
I specialize in working with women throughout transitions in life - namely the transition into motherhood. As a Perinatal Mental Health (also known as Maternal Mental Health) Specialist, I’ve received additional training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International and appropriate interventions to support growing families. As a mother myself, I also know the challenges and joys of this phase of life and believe that we can all use a little more support.
My expertise also extends to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, BPD, life transitions, sexual assault survivor services and trauma.
I specialize in working with women throughout transitions in life - namely the transition into motherhood. As a Perinatal Mental Health (also known as Maternal Mental Health) Specialist, I’ve received additional training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International and appropriate interventions to support growing families. As a mother myself, I also know the challenges and joys of this phase of life and believe that we can all use a little more support.
(614) 660-5529 View (614) 660-5529
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Suzanne C. Saul
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
My areas of expertise include relationship and intimacy enhancement: developmental transitions throughout the life cycle; relationship loss; mood disorders, such as depression, bipolar illness, anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
I am a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for more than three decades. I believe in carefully listening and then being interactive. I share ideas and possible things to do to challenge old behaviors and erroneous beliefs about oneself. I am a big believer in when one has a bigger picture of one’s self and their back story then real change can occur.
My areas of expertise include relationship and intimacy enhancement: developmental transitions throughout the life cycle; relationship loss; mood disorders, such as depression, bipolar illness, anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
I am a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for more than three decades. I believe in carefully listening and then being interactive. I share ideas and possible things to do to challenge old behaviors and erroneous beliefs about oneself. I am a big believer in when one has a bigger picture of one’s self and their back story then real change can occur.
(614) 626-5110 View (614) 626-5110
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Simon R Woliver
Counselor, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
He is an experienced generalist, with particular specializations/interest in alcohol and other drug use disorders/assessment, trauma, working with LGBTQ persons, anxiety, depression, family of origin concerns, men's issues, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(he/him/his) Simon is interested in helping his clients experience the present moment without judgment through body and emotion-focused awareness. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies from the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University. He completed an 18-month Gestalt theory and practice training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 2017. Simon is also trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has previously worked with a large and diverse university student population.
He is an experienced generalist, with particular specializations/interest in alcohol and other drug use disorders/assessment, trauma, working with LGBTQ persons, anxiety, depression, family of origin concerns, men's issues, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(he/him/his) Simon is interested in helping his clients experience the present moment without judgment through body and emotion-focused awareness. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies from the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University. He completed an 18-month Gestalt theory and practice training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 2017. Simon is also trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has previously worked with a large and diverse university student population.
(740) 273-8644 View (740) 273-8644
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Jason Duffield
Counselor, MA, MEd, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43206
Welcome! I am now accepting new clients! I have experience counseling from a variety of social, cultural, and generational backgrounds. My clinical experience includes anxiety/stress, depression, obsessive compulsion, bipolar, trauma, grief, personality, identity, LGBTQ+ population, sexual concerns, disassociation, self-esteem, spirituality, ADHD, and multicultural concerns. I aim to foster a comfortable space for clients to express themselves freely, without judgement, and to grow as individuals. I am proud to be part of the City Counseling practice in German Village, Columbus, Ohio.
Welcome! I am now accepting new clients! I have experience counseling from a variety of social, cultural, and generational backgrounds. My clinical experience includes anxiety/stress, depression, obsessive compulsion, bipolar, trauma, grief, personality, identity, LGBTQ+ population, sexual concerns, disassociation, self-esteem, spirituality, ADHD, and multicultural concerns. I aim to foster a comfortable space for clients to express themselves freely, without judgement, and to grow as individuals. I am proud to be part of the City Counseling practice in German Village, Columbus, Ohio.
(614) 333-0439 View (614) 333-0439
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Amy J. Hohman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S, CCTP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults coping with challenges related to stress management, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, depression, conflict, PTSD, self-esteem, self-harming as well as many others.
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel We all have different life experiences, beliefs, values, strengths, challenges, obstacles, levels of support, etc. I utilize an integrative approach that allows me to work with you to tailor treatment to meet your unique needs. Therapeutic techniques can be integrated from Solution-Focused, Strengths-Based, Culturally Sensitive, Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, Psychodynamic, Eye Movement Desensitization and Restructuring (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Motivational Interviewing, and Positive Psychology.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults coping with challenges related to stress management, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, depression, conflict, PTSD, self-esteem, self-harming as well as many others.
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel We all have different life experiences, beliefs, values, strengths, challenges, obstacles, levels of support, etc. I utilize an integrative approach that allows me to work with you to tailor treatment to meet your unique needs. Therapeutic techniques can be integrated from Solution-Focused, Strengths-Based, Culturally Sensitive, Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, Psychodynamic, Eye Movement Desensitization and Restructuring (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Motivational Interviewing, and Positive Psychology.
(614) 963-3963 View (614) 963-3963
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Megan Roesch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43212
Do you find that mental health tends to rule your life? Do you feel like you have no control over your own thoughts and feelings? Maybe you find yourself struggling to get through the day or are terrified to communicate your own needs. Trauma has the ugly power to influence these aspects of daily living and many others. If this sounds like you, let's talk! I have over 6 years of experience in supporting those living with the effects of traumatic events, difficult life transitions, anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and substance use.
Do you find that mental health tends to rule your life? Do you feel like you have no control over your own thoughts and feelings? Maybe you find yourself struggling to get through the day or are terrified to communicate your own needs. Trauma has the ugly power to influence these aspects of daily living and many others. If this sounds like you, let's talk! I have over 6 years of experience in supporting those living with the effects of traumatic events, difficult life transitions, anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and substance use.
(614) 618-3844 View (614) 618-3844
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Lori Storer
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Lori Storer. I grew up in St. Marys Ohio. I have worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. I studied for my bachelors degree at Writer State University. I received my Master's degree at Liberty University. I am certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. I have worked with individual's suffering with severe mental health issues, such as Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, etc. When the company closed I worked in the emergency department at the local hospital completing diagnosis assessments in order to see if patients need to be hospitalized.
Hello, my name is Lori Storer. I grew up in St. Marys Ohio. I have worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. I studied for my bachelors degree at Writer State University. I received my Master's degree at Liberty University. I am certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. I have worked with individual's suffering with severe mental health issues, such as Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, etc. When the company closed I worked in the emergency department at the local hospital completing diagnosis assessments in order to see if patients need to be hospitalized.
(380) 666-8854 View (380) 666-8854
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Monika Zoretic
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43219
I am experienced helping people with eating disorders, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder), trauma, and PTSD. Adoption and blended family problems are also close to my heart and I enjoy helping others in these areas. I am Star Behavioral Health Tier 2 trained and have lived the military life as a spouse of a career Marine. I work with those aged 5 and older. If you need someone who can really listen to you and help you figure out how to change your life for the better, I can help you.
I am experienced helping people with eating disorders, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder), trauma, and PTSD. Adoption and blended family problems are also close to my heart and I enjoy helping others in these areas. I am Star Behavioral Health Tier 2 trained and have lived the military life as a spouse of a career Marine. I work with those aged 5 and older. If you need someone who can really listen to you and help you figure out how to change your life for the better, I can help you.
(614) 441-9988 View (614) 441-9988
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Jessica Gilliland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, CDCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43230
I have worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, group therapy, and family counseling.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. In addition, I am also certified in Clinical Social Work and Substance Misuse Disorder. I began her therapeutic career as a Mental Health Therapist in a male youth residential behavioral treatment facility, treating children of all ages. I have also worked in outpatient therapeutic settings, in-patient substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as many others.
I have worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, group therapy, and family counseling.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. In addition, I am also certified in Clinical Social Work and Substance Misuse Disorder. I began her therapeutic career as a Mental Health Therapist in a male youth residential behavioral treatment facility, treating children of all ages. I have also worked in outpatient therapeutic settings, in-patient substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as many others.
(614) 656-7025 View (614) 656-7025
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Robert William Frazier Jr.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
I specialize in Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Grief, Post-Traumatic Stress, Addiction, etc,.
I am currently accepting new clients via Telehealth due to COVID-19 (video conferencing or telephone). I provide a safe and confidential environment for healing; either in an individual or group setting. "We don't control what happens in life but we can challenge ourselves to control how we respond to life. That is our true strength and power". My experience in counseling those who struggle with life's overwhelming issues has allowed me to see the miracle that happens when they unlock their inner values and strength. I welcome you to join me in your journey to uncover, discover and recover the real you that was lost.
I specialize in Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Grief, Post-Traumatic Stress, Addiction, etc,.
I am currently accepting new clients via Telehealth due to COVID-19 (video conferencing or telephone). I provide a safe and confidential environment for healing; either in an individual or group setting. "We don't control what happens in life but we can challenge ourselves to control how we respond to life. That is our true strength and power". My experience in counseling those who struggle with life's overwhelming issues has allowed me to see the miracle that happens when they unlock their inner values and strength. I welcome you to join me in your journey to uncover, discover and recover the real you that was lost.
(380) 205-8638 View (380) 205-8638
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Alexis Wellman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43203  (Online Only)
I treat adults age 18 and older with a range of issues and disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, and many types of anxiety disorders.
Do you spend time thinking about the past or constantly worried about the future? Do you seek to know yourself better? I help people change the habits and behaviors that are not serving them, so they can lead more peaceful and balanced lives here in the present moment. We will work together to understand how your past informs who you are now, but does not define it. I help clients identify their negative thinking patterns that have kept them stuck in their lives. Together we will generate new, rational alternatives that will help you gain perspective about the life you want to be living.
I treat adults age 18 and older with a range of issues and disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, and many types of anxiety disorders.
Do you spend time thinking about the past or constantly worried about the future? Do you seek to know yourself better? I help people change the habits and behaviors that are not serving them, so they can lead more peaceful and balanced lives here in the present moment. We will work together to understand how your past informs who you are now, but does not define it. I help clients identify their negative thinking patterns that have kept them stuck in their lives. Together we will generate new, rational alternatives that will help you gain perspective about the life you want to be living.
(614) 412-3620 View (614) 412-3620
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Alicia Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43230
I have years of experience treating individuals in various settings, but I specialize in treating adults suffering with trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, life transitions, bipolar, and substance use.
I view individuals as experts on themselves and believe in working collaboratively with clients to develop meaningful goals and treatment plans unique to them. I am passionate about increasing one’s sense of belonging and connection, quality of life, and effective coping skills. I utilize Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques, Person-Centered Therapy, and Existential approaches most frequently: however, I am confident with other evidence-based approaches to tailor to client’s needs.
I have years of experience treating individuals in various settings, but I specialize in treating adults suffering with trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, life transitions, bipolar, and substance use.
I view individuals as experts on themselves and believe in working collaboratively with clients to develop meaningful goals and treatment plans unique to them. I am passionate about increasing one’s sense of belonging and connection, quality of life, and effective coping skills. I utilize Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques, Person-Centered Therapy, and Existential approaches most frequently: however, I am confident with other evidence-based approaches to tailor to client’s needs.
(614) 656-7025 View (614) 656-7025
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Melissa Cameron
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Everyone could use someone in their life that listens objectively and actually hears what you are saying. I think all of us deserve that person. I have a more direct approach in counseling, paired with kindness, humor, honesty, and empathy. I have several years of experience working with anxiety and depression, but also Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Sexual Orientation/Transitioning, Relational problems, and other issues that so many people are challenged with.
Everyone could use someone in their life that listens objectively and actually hears what you are saying. I think all of us deserve that person. I have a more direct approach in counseling, paired with kindness, humor, honesty, and empathy. I have several years of experience working with anxiety and depression, but also Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Sexual Orientation/Transitioning, Relational problems, and other issues that so many people are challenged with.
(380) 205-8696 View (380) 205-8696
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Debbie Sherman
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43213
Debbie Sherman, LPCC, is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University. She received her master's degree in clinical counseling from the University of Dayton. Debbie has over 25 years of experience providing individual counseling in a variety of settings which include community mental health, private practice and the Hospice of Columbus. Debbie works with adults dealing with a variety of concerns which include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, weight concerns, bereavement, stress and relationship concerns.
Debbie Sherman, LPCC, is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University. She received her master's degree in clinical counseling from the University of Dayton. Debbie has over 25 years of experience providing individual counseling in a variety of settings which include community mental health, private practice and the Hospice of Columbus. Debbie works with adults dealing with a variety of concerns which include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, weight concerns, bereavement, stress and relationship concerns.
(380) 666-4948 View (380) 666-4948
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.