Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Pittsburgh, PA

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Madison Dobas
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
I am a pre-licensed, Master’s level therapist who works with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, trauma, addiction, and substance use. My goal is to help clients navigate their feelings and offer a path forward to healing.
I am a pre-licensed, Master’s level therapist who works with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, trauma, addiction, and substance use. My goal is to help clients navigate their feelings and offer a path forward to healing.
(412) 912-4796 View (412) 912-4796
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Megan Herman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
I have been working in mental health since 2011, with significant experience supervising a multi-disciplinary mental health community treatment team serving adults with bipolar and psychosis related disorders as well as offering support to families.
Accepting NEW clients! Hi! My name is Megan. I am a 40-something working mother of two, and I have been a licensed psychotherapist since 2014. I am passionate about helping others live their lives in fulfilling and meaningful ways, based on their personal values and needs. I am the sole owner of CAYA Counseling Services (CAYA stands for Come As You Are). I deeply believe in finding your authentic, true self and feeling good in your own skin. Sometimes therapy can help with solving a problem, making change or simply gaining insight into the self. Treatment goals are client driven and success is measured by you.
I have been working in mental health since 2011, with significant experience supervising a multi-disciplinary mental health community treatment team serving adults with bipolar and psychosis related disorders as well as offering support to families.
Accepting NEW clients! Hi! My name is Megan. I am a 40-something working mother of two, and I have been a licensed psychotherapist since 2014. I am passionate about helping others live their lives in fulfilling and meaningful ways, based on their personal values and needs. I am the sole owner of CAYA Counseling Services (CAYA stands for Come As You Are). I deeply believe in finding your authentic, true self and feeling good in your own skin. Sometimes therapy can help with solving a problem, making change or simply gaining insight into the self. Treatment goals are client driven and success is measured by you.
(412) 910-2396 View (412) 910-2396
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Carolyn Weimer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15222  (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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James W Ellermeyer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Using a mindfulness-based cognitive approach, I help people deal with self-concept, self-esteem, identity formation and develop the ability to make conscious choices. I deal with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. I have been successful with my own full impact mindfulness technique in dealing with disassociation and psychosis, PTSD and trauma.
Using a mindfulness-based cognitive approach, I help people deal with self-concept, self-esteem, identity formation and develop the ability to make conscious choices. I deal with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. I have been successful with my own full impact mindfulness technique in dealing with disassociation and psychosis, PTSD and trauma.
(412) 419-0972 View (412) 419-0972
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Dr. Steven S Carter
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
My name is Dr. Steven S. Carter. I am a research and clinical psychologist whose career began in The Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. My work involved the study of Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder. I have been trained in Interpersonal, Cognitive and Behavioral therapies. I am currently in private practice. I offer individual, couples and family therapy. Recently, I have been working with families to help them understand family members who do have a mood disorder. My approach is to listen and learn from you. I think this is the best way to build a trusting relationship between us.
My name is Dr. Steven S. Carter. I am a research and clinical psychologist whose career began in The Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. My work involved the study of Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder. I have been trained in Interpersonal, Cognitive and Behavioral therapies. I am currently in private practice. I offer individual, couples and family therapy. Recently, I have been working with families to help them understand family members who do have a mood disorder. My approach is to listen and learn from you. I think this is the best way to build a trusting relationship between us.
(412) 368-0482 View (412) 368-0482
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John A Impavido
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, CAADC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Other areas of experience include marriage counseling, group therapy, depression/anxiety, bipolar disorders, and obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment.
John Impavido is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. he received his Master's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Counselor Education. his Bachelor's Degree is from Toccoa Falls College, where he majored in Bible and Theology, with minors in Pastoral Ministries and Christian Education. Mr. Impavido has been a pioneer in the treatment of SEXUAL and PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION since 1985. he has been very influential in establishing the Sexaholics Anonymous and Every Man's Battle meetings in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Other areas of experience include marriage counseling, group therapy, depression/anxiety, bipolar disorders, and obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment.
John Impavido is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. he received his Master's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Counselor Education. his Bachelor's Degree is from Toccoa Falls College, where he majored in Bible and Theology, with minors in Pastoral Ministries and Christian Education. Mr. Impavido has been a pioneer in the treatment of SEXUAL and PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION since 1985. he has been very influential in establishing the Sexaholics Anonymous and Every Man's Battle meetings in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
(412) 339-2083 View (412) 339-2083
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Emily Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
I have experience in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, attachment issues, bipolar, psychotic-related disorders, self-esteem, grief and loss, and PTSD.
Life can be troublesome especially with adding a global pandemic into the mix. I aim to guide you through obstacles with a person-centered approach as I believe every individual is different and will tailor treatment to your specific needs.
I have experience in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, attachment issues, bipolar, psychotic-related disorders, self-esteem, grief and loss, and PTSD.
Life can be troublesome especially with adding a global pandemic into the mix. I aim to guide you through obstacles with a person-centered approach as I believe every individual is different and will tailor treatment to your specific needs.
(412) 725-0397 View (412) 725-0397
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Vanessa Neel
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
As a Licensed Professional Counselor it is my priority to help my clients identify what’s holding them back from making the changes they want to make and help them work towards their goals more effectively. I work with a variety of issues including but not limited to relationship issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, and addiction. I use a collaborative, person-centered approach to counseling and strive to always create a safe space for self-exploration and understanding.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor it is my priority to help my clients identify what’s holding them back from making the changes they want to make and help them work towards their goals more effectively. I work with a variety of issues including but not limited to relationship issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, and addiction. I use a collaborative, person-centered approach to counseling and strive to always create a safe space for self-exploration and understanding.
(412) 226-4995 View (412) 226-4995
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Julia Longenecker
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15237  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) for depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorder/life transitions, bipolar disorder and psychosis/schizophrenia.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice is rooted in structured, time-limited therapy (often called evidence-based practice, or EBP) - delivering care that supports your goals, enhances your life, and builds skills to address symptom flare ups after therapy ends. I can see clients from over 30 states and DC so care disruptions will be minimized if you travel, move, or return home between semesters. Locations served are: AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MN, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) for depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorder/life transitions, bipolar disorder and psychosis/schizophrenia.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice is rooted in structured, time-limited therapy (often called evidence-based practice, or EBP) - delivering care that supports your goals, enhances your life, and builds skills to address symptom flare ups after therapy ends. I can see clients from over 30 states and DC so care disruptions will be minimized if you travel, move, or return home between semesters. Locations served are: AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MN, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV.
(412) 838-3244 View (412) 838-3244
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Dr. Cydney V. Quinn
PhD, NCSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Dr. Cydney V. Quinn is a doctoral-level psychologist who conducts neuropsychological and psychological evaluations. Dr. Quinn has over 10 years of experience in the field supporting clients with concerns related to ADHD, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mood disorders (e.g., bipolar, depression, anxiety), behavioral disorders (e.g., conduct, ODD, DMDD), personality disorders (e.g., borderline, etc), trauma, and other diagnoses such as memory concerns, eating disorders, and OCD. She works with the individuals who are between 2 years and 65 years old
Dr. Cydney V. Quinn is a doctoral-level psychologist who conducts neuropsychological and psychological evaluations. Dr. Quinn has over 10 years of experience in the field supporting clients with concerns related to ADHD, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mood disorders (e.g., bipolar, depression, anxiety), behavioral disorders (e.g., conduct, ODD, DMDD), personality disorders (e.g., borderline, etc), trauma, and other diagnoses such as memory concerns, eating disorders, and OCD. She works with the individuals who are between 2 years and 65 years old
(412) 447-5306 View (412) 447-5306
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Rachel Hill
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Rachel Hill is a Pre-Licensed Therapist, who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults to help them become the best version of themselves. She has experience working with a wide range of mental health issues and daily life stressors. These experiences include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anger, and ADHD. Rachel specializes in depression, anxiety, life transitions, ADHD, anger, grief, and stress.
Rachel Hill is a Pre-Licensed Therapist, who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults to help them become the best version of themselves. She has experience working with a wide range of mental health issues and daily life stressors. These experiences include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anger, and ADHD. Rachel specializes in depression, anxiety, life transitions, ADHD, anger, grief, and stress.
(412) 896-7941 View (412) 896-7941
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Cheri Allyson Fingeret
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15241  (Online Only)
From early in my career I have been drawn to individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD.
NOT accepting new clients until September. All sessions will take place on a HIPAA compliant video platform and will be conducted on my end from a secure location. All insurance companies are allowing video sessions. Copays, co-insurance and deductibles apply.
From early in my career I have been drawn to individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD.
NOT accepting new clients until September. All sessions will take place on a HIPAA compliant video platform and will be conducted on my end from a secure location. All insurance companies are allowing video sessions. Copays, co-insurance and deductibles apply.
(412) 357-1223 View (412) 357-1223
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Sandra Maria Pattinato
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
I have worked with a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse and anger control.
I have 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in a number of different settings and with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. My priority is to meet the client where he or she is and help him or her by providing support, aid and guidance, so the client can work through processing the past, identifying present patterns and taking steps toward long lasting changes while addressing the client’s fears, challenges and worries along the way.
I have worked with a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse and anger control.
I have 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in a number of different settings and with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. My priority is to meet the client where he or she is and help him or her by providing support, aid and guidance, so the client can work through processing the past, identifying present patterns and taking steps toward long lasting changes while addressing the client’s fears, challenges and worries along the way.
(412) 547-5734 View (412) 547-5734
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Todd Schachter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
I can treat anyone from 10 to 65, but specialize in treating children and adolescents with impulse control and attention deficit issues, child and adult autism , child and adult anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, school related phobias, unhealthy habits / addictions, anger management, trauma, and family conflict.
You do not need a diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety or depression to benefit from therapy. Life can be hard enough without barriers at every turn. Constant challenges within a child’s education system, adolescents unhealthy social media habits, difficult relationships, and even from time to time conflict within the family can cause stress. Stress can explode in detrimental ways and times when not fully treated. Together, we can help break down life’s barriers so you and your child can achieve their full potential.
I can treat anyone from 10 to 65, but specialize in treating children and adolescents with impulse control and attention deficit issues, child and adult autism , child and adult anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, school related phobias, unhealthy habits / addictions, anger management, trauma, and family conflict.
You do not need a diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety or depression to benefit from therapy. Life can be hard enough without barriers at every turn. Constant challenges within a child’s education system, adolescents unhealthy social media habits, difficult relationships, and even from time to time conflict within the family can cause stress. Stress can explode in detrimental ways and times when not fully treated. Together, we can help break down life’s barriers so you and your child can achieve their full potential.
(878) 645-3173 View (878) 645-3173
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Chris Friend
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15224  (Online Only)
In addition to anxiety and depression, I also work with people who struggle from symptoms of PTSD, BPD, and bipolar disorder.
Hi ya’ll, I’m Chris. The state of the world and our own well-being can often feel very fragile, especially after these last few years. Through counseling I am able to provide an outlet for processing your emotions and actions and finding a way to unstick yourself when you don’t like where you are. Therapy can be a frightening step for many, but I hope to make your journey to a healthier mindset as comfortable and rewarding as possible. My clinical experience and education are focused on working with those who struggle with severe depression and anxiety.
In addition to anxiety and depression, I also work with people who struggle from symptoms of PTSD, BPD, and bipolar disorder.
Hi ya’ll, I’m Chris. The state of the world and our own well-being can often feel very fragile, especially after these last few years. Through counseling I am able to provide an outlet for processing your emotions and actions and finding a way to unstick yourself when you don’t like where you are. Therapy can be a frightening step for many, but I hope to make your journey to a healthier mindset as comfortable and rewarding as possible. My clinical experience and education are focused on working with those who struggle with severe depression and anxiety.
(412) 790-1466 View (412) 790-1466
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Mandy Kushner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, CCTP, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Additionally, I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, & relationship issues.
I strive to create a relaxed, supportive and positive environment for my clients during each counseling session, because I understand how difficult and scary it can be for clients to disclose personal information. I show my clients respect, honesty, compassion and I listen without judgement. I make sure my clients feel heard, validated, supported and gain insight. I have 22 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings which include: Outpatient, Home/Community, School-Based, Psychiatric Hospitals and Primary Care Physician Offices.
Additionally, I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, & relationship issues.
I strive to create a relaxed, supportive and positive environment for my clients during each counseling session, because I understand how difficult and scary it can be for clients to disclose personal information. I show my clients respect, honesty, compassion and I listen without judgement. I make sure my clients feel heard, validated, supported and gain insight. I have 22 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings which include: Outpatient, Home/Community, School-Based, Psychiatric Hospitals and Primary Care Physician Offices.
(412) 999-2244 View (412) 999-2244
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Jon Weingarden
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
My practice serves the general population and I have specialized experience with bipolar disorder and eating disorders.
I am a Pittsburgher and I'm proud to practice psychology in my home community. My goal is to see each client as a person first, and provide individualized healthcare. I see therapy as collaborative, and including both skill-building and self-exploration. In terms of self-exploration, I see the client as the expert in their own life, while a therapist is attuned to noticing themes or patterns that the client would have otherwise missed or avoided.
My practice serves the general population and I have specialized experience with bipolar disorder and eating disorders.
I am a Pittsburgher and I'm proud to practice psychology in my home community. My goal is to see each client as a person first, and provide individualized healthcare. I see therapy as collaborative, and including both skill-building and self-exploration. In terms of self-exploration, I see the client as the expert in their own life, while a therapist is attuned to noticing themes or patterns that the client would have otherwise missed or avoided.
(412) 207-3477 View (412) 207-3477
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Angela Mills
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Angela has experience working with a wide range of clients; however, she has spent the past 6 years working with clients of all ages experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and oppositional defiance disorder.
Angela Mills is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2010. She has a Bachelor's of Science from Penn State University and a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Angela started in the mental health field 16 years ago. She decided she wanted to be a therapist in high school, when she experienced the loss of someone very close to her that changed how she looked at the world. Angela had a therapist at the time that helped her through that loss and had a huge impact on her life. That is when Angela knew she wanted to be a therapist.
Angela has experience working with a wide range of clients; however, she has spent the past 6 years working with clients of all ages experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and oppositional defiance disorder.
Angela Mills is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2010. She has a Bachelor's of Science from Penn State University and a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Angela started in the mental health field 16 years ago. She decided she wanted to be a therapist in high school, when she experienced the loss of someone very close to her that changed how she looked at the world. Angela had a therapist at the time that helped her through that loss and had a huge impact on her life. That is when Angela knew she wanted to be a therapist.
(844) 264-6945 View (844) 264-6945
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Luisa Bonavita
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
I am a licensed clinical social worker with many years of practice experience. My background includes working with individuals, couples, and families affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress, relationship conflicts, drug and alcohol problems, and other mental health issues. I have a particular interest in women's mental health issues including but not limited to, perinatal and postpartum mental health concerns.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with many years of practice experience. My background includes working with individuals, couples, and families affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress, relationship conflicts, drug and alcohol problems, and other mental health issues. I have a particular interest in women's mental health issues including but not limited to, perinatal and postpartum mental health concerns.
(412) 417-9163 View (412) 417-9163
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Rebecca Pollack
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I have many years of experience working with adolescents and their families, adults, and couples throughout a variety of life stages. I am passionate about treating women who are struggling with infertility, postpartum depression, anxiety and/or OCD as well as other transitional issues that can occur throughout the perinatal period. I also work with individuals dealing with general depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, OCD, and Bipolar Disorder.
I have many years of experience working with adolescents and their families, adults, and couples throughout a variety of life stages. I am passionate about treating women who are struggling with infertility, postpartum depression, anxiety and/or OCD as well as other transitional issues that can occur throughout the perinatal period. I also work with individuals dealing with general depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, OCD, and Bipolar Disorder.
(412) 912-2840 View (412) 912-2840

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.