Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Philadelphia, PA

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Amanda Large
Psychologist, CAADC, CCTP
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19122  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients who struggle with co-occurring disorders, Bipolar Disorders, and substance use disorders.
I work alongside my clients to help them feel seen and heard, achieve their goals, and live their best possible lives. It is very important to me that I provide a place that feels safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive, which is the foundation of therapy and helps facilitate change. The goals that people work on in therapy can involve anything that is important to them- learning healthier ways to express anger, finding new ways to cope with the effects of past traumas, stabilizing mood episodes (e.g., mania, depression), maintaining and establishing sobriety, improving their relationship with themself and others, and more.
I specialize in working with clients who struggle with co-occurring disorders, Bipolar Disorders, and substance use disorders.
I work alongside my clients to help them feel seen and heard, achieve their goals, and live their best possible lives. It is very important to me that I provide a place that feels safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive, which is the foundation of therapy and helps facilitate change. The goals that people work on in therapy can involve anything that is important to them- learning healthier ways to express anger, finding new ways to cope with the effects of past traumas, stabilizing mood episodes (e.g., mania, depression), maintaining and establishing sobriety, improving their relationship with themself and others, and more.
(215) 607-2950 View (215) 607-2950
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Ben Goldstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19143  (Online Only)
I have supported people who struggle with many different forms of mental distress, including bipolar disorder, psychosis, depression and anxiety, as well as difficulties navigating life transitions and relationship issues.
Therapy is a place to get curious about areas in your life where you might feel stuck, depressed, or isolated. In our work together, I strive to create a space that builds capacity for you to change by exploring your relationships, both past and present. I hope to support you in arriving at a deeper sense of connection to the world around you and the people in it.
I have supported people who struggle with many different forms of mental distress, including bipolar disorder, psychosis, depression and anxiety, as well as difficulties navigating life transitions and relationship issues.
Therapy is a place to get curious about areas in your life where you might feel stuck, depressed, or isolated. In our work together, I strive to create a space that builds capacity for you to change by exploring your relationships, both past and present. I hope to support you in arriving at a deeper sense of connection to the world around you and the people in it.
(267) 263-7336 View (267) 263-7336
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Philip Jaisohn Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19126
We have experience treating clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, educational issues, and eating disorders.
We want to welcome clients who might be new to therapy but have struggled for a long time with depression, anxiety, family conflict or other mental health issues. You might have avoided therapy because of stigma or misconceptions. You feel overwhelmed at times and feel that now is the time to seek help. We can speak to anyone living in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through the convenience of tele-therapy. We have English and Korean speaking therapists who are compassionate and want to make therapy a comfortable experience for you.
We have experience treating clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, educational issues, and eating disorders.
We want to welcome clients who might be new to therapy but have struggled for a long time with depression, anxiety, family conflict or other mental health issues. You might have avoided therapy because of stigma or misconceptions. You feel overwhelmed at times and feel that now is the time to seek help. We can speak to anyone living in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through the convenience of tele-therapy. We have English and Korean speaking therapists who are compassionate and want to make therapy a comfortable experience for you.
(844) 982-2464 View (844) 982-2464
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Carolyn Weimer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19154  (Online Only)
Struggling with trauma, PTSD, or bipolar disorder? Your mental health is my priority. You're seeking support to manage these conditions, improve your mental health, and find stability. I'm here to help you achieve your goals and lead a fulfilling life.
Struggling with trauma, PTSD, or bipolar disorder? Your mental health is my priority. You're seeking support to manage these conditions, improve your mental health, and find stability. I'm here to help you achieve your goals and lead a fulfilling life.
(412) 923-0121 View (412) 923-0121
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Liz DiNardo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19104  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! If you are here, I can imagine you are struggling with something in your life. It can be really anxiety provoking to reach out and start therapy. I’m glad you are here and I’m happy to help you walk through any struggle or issue you are going through. I’ve worked with a variety of clients that have experienced anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance abuse/addiction, anger management, psychosis, trauma & abuse, stress management and relationship concerns. All of my sessions are currently virtual.
Welcome! If you are here, I can imagine you are struggling with something in your life. It can be really anxiety provoking to reach out and start therapy. I’m glad you are here and I’m happy to help you walk through any struggle or issue you are going through. I’ve worked with a variety of clients that have experienced anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance abuse/addiction, anger management, psychosis, trauma & abuse, stress management and relationship concerns. All of my sessions are currently virtual.
(570) 512-5984 View (570) 512-5984
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Trinity Creations Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19121  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Shereema Molette and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I have been a therapist for 15 years working in numerous settings in the human service field. I have worked with children and adults addressing various issues and concerns. I currently work at non-profit supervising therapists that work in the Philadelphia School District. My passion has always been to help others and I feel fulfilled working in the field of psychology. My expertise spans many different areas but my true passion is working with children and adults as they navigate Bipolar Disorder and other clas
Hello, My name is Shereema Molette and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I have been a therapist for 15 years working in numerous settings in the human service field. I have worked with children and adults addressing various issues and concerns. I currently work at non-profit supervising therapists that work in the Philadelphia School District. My passion has always been to help others and I feel fulfilled working in the field of psychology. My expertise spans many different areas but my true passion is working with children and adults as they navigate Bipolar Disorder and other clas
(856) 245-2316 View (856) 245-2316
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Tammy Cao
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My perspective is culturally sensitive, anti-racist, and LGBTQ+ affirming. I work with individual, couples, children, family and groups. I use a variety of evidence-based theoretical approaches including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Strengths-based, Gestalt, Person-centered, and Family-systems. Some of my focus areas are depression, anxiety, bipolar I and II, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, addictions, dually-diagnosed, grief/loss/bereavement, family and relationship issues.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My perspective is culturally sensitive, anti-racist, and LGBTQ+ affirming. I work with individual, couples, children, family and groups. I use a variety of evidence-based theoretical approaches including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Strengths-based, Gestalt, Person-centered, and Family-systems. Some of my focus areas are depression, anxiety, bipolar I and II, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, addictions, dually-diagnosed, grief/loss/bereavement, family and relationship issues.
(484) 878-4550 View (484) 878-4550
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Mary Edwards
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19125  (Online Only)
The decision to seek help for life's issues can be both scary and exciting. I know how important it is to have someone to talk with, who can see more objectively than we can see ourselves. I have worked extensively with people who have mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar, anxiety and panic, anger problems, communication and relationship difficulties, and more. I have worked with many people who feel that their spiritual relationship has been damaged or destroyed. Spirituality does not have to be part of our work, but if you have spiritual wounds that you would like to work on, I can help you to heal them.
The decision to seek help for life's issues can be both scary and exciting. I know how important it is to have someone to talk with, who can see more objectively than we can see ourselves. I have worked extensively with people who have mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar, anxiety and panic, anger problems, communication and relationship difficulties, and more. I have worked with many people who feel that their spiritual relationship has been damaged or destroyed. Spirituality does not have to be part of our work, but if you have spiritual wounds that you would like to work on, I can help you to heal them.
(267) 382-4206 View (267) 382-4206
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Theodore Meyer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LPC
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19125  (Online Only)
My experience also includes therapy for bipolar disorder, autism spectrum, life transition, grief and loss, self-esteem, trauma, and peer relationships.
I view the mental health recovery process as similar to climbing a mountain: the first steps may feel overwhelming at times, however, therapy is a partnership where I can provide tools that help my clients get where they would like to go, while also building resiliency and strength for the future. Throughout the process, I will provide encouragement and at times, remind you to look back at how far you have come. Furthermore, I provide a non-judgmental and empathic space for this journey to occur.
My experience also includes therapy for bipolar disorder, autism spectrum, life transition, grief and loss, self-esteem, trauma, and peer relationships.
I view the mental health recovery process as similar to climbing a mountain: the first steps may feel overwhelming at times, however, therapy is a partnership where I can provide tools that help my clients get where they would like to go, while also building resiliency and strength for the future. Throughout the process, I will provide encouragement and at times, remind you to look back at how far you have come. Furthermore, I provide a non-judgmental and empathic space for this journey to occur.
(610) 890-7944 View (610) 890-7944
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Tabs Ulmer
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19110
I invite anyone who feels the need to talk to someone who is ready and eager to listen to them. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder 1 &2, ADHD, Autism and Attachment are some of the main issues that bring clients to me. I have worked in mental, behavioral and relational health for the last ten years and am excited to welcome couples, duos, ethically and consensually non-monogamous clients as well as individuals. One approach to issues which I have adopted in my practice is the idea that all behavior is communication, sometimes we need some help finding out what we are trying to say.
I invite anyone who feels the need to talk to someone who is ready and eager to listen to them. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder 1 &2, ADHD, Autism and Attachment are some of the main issues that bring clients to me. I have worked in mental, behavioral and relational health for the last ten years and am excited to welcome couples, duos, ethically and consensually non-monogamous clients as well as individuals. One approach to issues which I have adopted in my practice is the idea that all behavior is communication, sometimes we need some help finding out what we are trying to say.
(267) 704-8423 View (267) 704-8423
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Cody Weaver
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Things I've treated most are depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA issues, trauma, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD.
Hello! My name is Cody (he/him) and I'm currently licensed as an LCSW/therapist in Pennsylvania. I received by Bachelors degree from Coastal Carolina University in 2010 and then my Masters degree from Winthrop University in 2012. I began practicing while I was in graduate school so I'm currently on my 13th year of practice. My clinical background includes outpatient therapy, in-home therapy, integrated behavioral health and primary care, inpatient treatment, and forensic psychology. Since I've run a large span of different practices I consider myself a jack-of-all trades when it comes to mental health and therapy.
Things I've treated most are depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA issues, trauma, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD.
Hello! My name is Cody (he/him) and I'm currently licensed as an LCSW/therapist in Pennsylvania. I received by Bachelors degree from Coastal Carolina University in 2010 and then my Masters degree from Winthrop University in 2012. I began practicing while I was in graduate school so I'm currently on my 13th year of practice. My clinical background includes outpatient therapy, in-home therapy, integrated behavioral health and primary care, inpatient treatment, and forensic psychology. Since I've run a large span of different practices I consider myself a jack-of-all trades when it comes to mental health and therapy.
(484) 699-0906 View (484) 699-0906
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Angelo Rannazzisi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Provider within Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Psychotherapists offering in-office psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy in Philadelphia and on The Main Line, and Virtual Telehealth Psychiatric Appointments to patients in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD. Call to see which providers are licensed in your location.
Provider within Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Psychotherapists offering in-office psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy in Philadelphia and on The Main Line, and Virtual Telehealth Psychiatric Appointments to patients in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD. Call to see which providers are licensed in your location.
(484) 261-1263 View (484) 261-1263
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Jessica Fleeger
Counselor, MSCC, LPC
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19148  (Online Only)
I am here to help you take the first steps toward changing your life for the better. Even though change can be difficult, we will do this together. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling as well as a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I have over 20 years experience in working with adults, couples, teenagers, and families. My clinical interests include working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depressed mood, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger issues, bipolar disorder, stress management concerns, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, relationship problems, and trauma-related concerns.
I am here to help you take the first steps toward changing your life for the better. Even though change can be difficult, we will do this together. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling as well as a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I have over 20 years experience in working with adults, couples, teenagers, and families. My clinical interests include working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depressed mood, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger issues, bipolar disorder, stress management concerns, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, relationship problems, and trauma-related concerns.
(215) 515-5713 View (215) 515-5713
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Alyssa Renee Kirk
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19125  (Online Only)
I have experience with the following diagnoses: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania with 13 years experience in therapy. I also have a background in social work with expertise in linking individuals to community resources.
I have experience with the following diagnoses: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania with 13 years experience in therapy. I also have a background in social work with expertise in linking individuals to community resources.
(610) 890-6076 View (610) 890-6076
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Christine Herman
Counselor, LPC
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102  (Online Only)
I have prior experience in child welfare and the juvenile justice system and extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illnesses, including Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." -Carl Rodgers I am here to help guide you on YOUR journey. I'm passionate about creating resources for those struggling with mental health issues or just everyday problems. As a Licensed Professional Counselor I've spent the past 10 years dedicated to providing services to incarcerated and post-incarcerated individuals, their families and those working in the criminal legal system.
I have prior experience in child welfare and the juvenile justice system and extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illnesses, including Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." -Carl Rodgers I am here to help guide you on YOUR journey. I'm passionate about creating resources for those struggling with mental health issues or just everyday problems. As a Licensed Professional Counselor I've spent the past 10 years dedicated to providing services to incarcerated and post-incarcerated individuals, their families and those working in the criminal legal system.
(484) 214-2595 View (484) 214-2595
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Caroline Kuttler
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19147
I use an integrated approach including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and EMDR to treat trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, BDP, depression, and anxiety.
Deciding to start therapy can be a challenging and vulnerable process. My goal as a therapist is to make each individual feel as safe and supported as possible with high levels of empathy, compassion, and genuineness. Throughout the therapy process, I value the importance of improving relationships, managing stress, and increasing the ability to identify and regulate emotions. In sessions, I emphasis the importance of processing core beliefs we hold towards ourself and the world, practicing daily mindfulness, and learning skills to effectively regulate our emotions. I also provide supervision for pre-licensed clinicians!
I use an integrated approach including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and EMDR to treat trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, BDP, depression, and anxiety.
Deciding to start therapy can be a challenging and vulnerable process. My goal as a therapist is to make each individual feel as safe and supported as possible with high levels of empathy, compassion, and genuineness. Throughout the therapy process, I value the importance of improving relationships, managing stress, and increasing the ability to identify and regulate emotions. In sessions, I emphasis the importance of processing core beliefs we hold towards ourself and the world, practicing daily mindfulness, and learning skills to effectively regulate our emotions. I also provide supervision for pre-licensed clinicians!
(215) 608-1069 View (215) 608-1069
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Michael Clemente
Licensed Professional Counselor, BCBA, LPC, NCC, LBS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19128
I specialize in treating mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation as well as trauma informed care and PTSD.
My name is Michael and I am the owner of the Behavior & Counseling Center, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Licensed Behavior Specialist. I have extensive experience working within the field of ABA/behavior modification as well as within the field of clinical counseling. I work within the framework of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) while incorporating a person-centered approach for my psychotherapy clients, and intertwine Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and (CBT) for my children and adolescent clients.
I specialize in treating mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation as well as trauma informed care and PTSD.
My name is Michael and I am the owner of the Behavior & Counseling Center, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Licensed Behavior Specialist. I have extensive experience working within the field of ABA/behavior modification as well as within the field of clinical counseling. I work within the framework of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) while incorporating a person-centered approach for my psychotherapy clients, and intertwine Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and (CBT) for my children and adolescent clients.
(215) 544-2706 View (215) 544-2706
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Andreea Crauciuc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I look forward to exploring your concerns, fears and needs in a supportive therapeutic environment. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families addressing substance abuse, relationship, mood issues ( depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc). I often work with family members who have trouble motivating a loved one to consider treatment, or who want to learn about their loved one's condition and how to best support them. I value maintaining relationships with other providers, including psychiatrists, other therapists such as group therapists, couple therapists, inpatient treatment facilities, etc. as part of maintaining good coordination of your care as necessary.
I look forward to exploring your concerns, fears and needs in a supportive therapeutic environment. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families addressing substance abuse, relationship, mood issues ( depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc). I often work with family members who have trouble motivating a loved one to consider treatment, or who want to learn about their loved one's condition and how to best support them. I value maintaining relationships with other providers, including psychiatrists, other therapists such as group therapists, couple therapists, inpatient treatment facilities, etc. as part of maintaining good coordination of your care as necessary.
(267) 744-4622 View (267) 744-4622
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Rob Stahl
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Rob Stahl is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Music Therapist (MT) who is passionate about helping anyone who needs it. In his 19 years of experience in the mental health field, he has worked with people from ages 3 to over 100, and with a variety of issues and challenges including relationship issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, physical disabilities, and more.
Rob Stahl is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Music Therapist (MT) who is passionate about helping anyone who needs it. In his 19 years of experience in the mental health field, he has worked with people from ages 3 to over 100, and with a variety of issues and challenges including relationship issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, physical disabilities, and more.
(484) 218-4953 View (484) 218-4953
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Janet Montgomery
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
I have years of experience working with adults struggling with mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, mood disorder, binge eating disorder, bipolar disorder, addiction, and PTSD.
Hello, my name is Janet. My mission is to support others on their journey to leading a healthy, rewarding life to their fullest potential. Life gets complicated at times, and everyone can benefit from working with a therapist at one point or another.
I have years of experience working with adults struggling with mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, mood disorder, binge eating disorder, bipolar disorder, addiction, and PTSD.
Hello, my name is Janet. My mission is to support others on their journey to leading a healthy, rewarding life to their fullest potential. Life gets complicated at times, and everyone can benefit from working with a therapist at one point or another.
(484) 702-3023 View (484) 702-3023

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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.