Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Nashville, TN

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Mary E Owens
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, C-DBT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
Do you have Borderline Personality or Bipolar Disorder and are struggling to find a therapist who understands your specific needs? Have you heard of Dialectical Behavior therapy and wondered if it could help you? If this is you, I would love to be a part of your journey towards finding a deeper understanding of your diagnosis. Together we can work towards developing skills that will improve your daily life, help you navigate your overwhelming emotions, and enhance your relationships . Mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills will provide you a path towards a more peaceful and balanced life.
Do you have Borderline Personality or Bipolar Disorder and are struggling to find a therapist who understands your specific needs? Have you heard of Dialectical Behavior therapy and wondered if it could help you? If this is you, I would love to be a part of your journey towards finding a deeper understanding of your diagnosis. Together we can work towards developing skills that will improve your daily life, help you navigate your overwhelming emotions, and enhance your relationships . Mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills will provide you a path towards a more peaceful and balanced life.
(615) 703-4473 View (615) 703-4473
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Brian S Poynter
Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Utilizing the basic tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I enjoy assisting those with a wide range of mental health issues. From acute illness such as Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder to change of life issues, this approach allows for permanent change to the the distorted thought process. My experience has been, and continues to be inpatient at a local psychiatric hospital as well as my private practice. I will work with your psychiatrist or medical provider as well as supportive members of your family/life to provide a more comprehensive approach to mental wellness.
Utilizing the basic tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I enjoy assisting those with a wide range of mental health issues. From acute illness such as Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder to change of life issues, this approach allows for permanent change to the the distorted thought process. My experience has been, and continues to be inpatient at a local psychiatric hospital as well as my private practice. I will work with your psychiatrist or medical provider as well as supportive members of your family/life to provide a more comprehensive approach to mental wellness.
(615) 442-7143 View (615) 442-7143
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Gayle Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-MHS
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37202  (Online Only)
I've worked with clients in setting goals as it pertains to surviving and moving past trauma, anxiety, abuse, and fear of abandonment, along with mood symptoms associated with bipolar disorder.
Hello! I am an LPC-MHSP residing in Tennessee. I became involved in working with both teens and adults who have been abused or traumatized after seeing how much it can impact their lives. I see strengths in all of my clients and I work with them to recognize them, and how they can use their strengths to help them move forward and achieve their dreams without allowing past trauma, anxiety, abuse or other symptoms to prevent them from doing so.
I've worked with clients in setting goals as it pertains to surviving and moving past trauma, anxiety, abuse, and fear of abandonment, along with mood symptoms associated with bipolar disorder.
Hello! I am an LPC-MHSP residing in Tennessee. I became involved in working with both teens and adults who have been abused or traumatized after seeing how much it can impact their lives. I see strengths in all of my clients and I work with them to recognize them, and how they can use their strengths to help them move forward and achieve their dreams without allowing past trauma, anxiety, abuse or other symptoms to prevent them from doing so.
(423) 621-4167 View (423) 621-4167
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Taylor Gautier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212  (Online Only)
Taylor is a psychotherapist practicing in the state of Tennessee. She enjoys and is specialized in treating young adults and adolescents with psychosis, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and families of individuals with serious mental illness. She is interested in helping individuals and families cope, provide education, problem solve, reduce distress related to symptoms, and identify ways that they can continue to successfully achieve their goals. She also offers clinical supervision for Tennessee LCSW candidates and consultations for providers of any license.
Taylor is a psychotherapist practicing in the state of Tennessee. She enjoys and is specialized in treating young adults and adolescents with psychosis, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and families of individuals with serious mental illness. She is interested in helping individuals and families cope, provide education, problem solve, reduce distress related to symptoms, and identify ways that they can continue to successfully achieve their goals. She also offers clinical supervision for Tennessee LCSW candidates and consultations for providers of any license.
(423) 556-8110 View (423) 556-8110
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Derrell Seigler
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP, MA, NCC, MTS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
If you have addiction, alcohol use, or anger management issues due to trauma and PTSD or family dysfunction, you may have experienced judgement & painful perceptions from others that are just not true. Anxiety, grief, stress, substance use, and suicidal ideation may be familiar companions you wish weren't there. Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality (BPD), and Dual Diagnosis, may have been words thrown around, causing relational issues. These may be part of your story, but there's more in store for you through the healing work of counseling. You deserve a life of connection, serenity, and meaning. Let's begin!
If you have addiction, alcohol use, or anger management issues due to trauma and PTSD or family dysfunction, you may have experienced judgement & painful perceptions from others that are just not true. Anxiety, grief, stress, substance use, and suicidal ideation may be familiar companions you wish weren't there. Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality (BPD), and Dual Diagnosis, may have been words thrown around, causing relational issues. These may be part of your story, but there's more in store for you through the healing work of counseling. You deserve a life of connection, serenity, and meaning. Let's begin!
(615) 909-5820 View (615) 909-5820
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Sascha C Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPCMHSP, LMHC, C-DBT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
We can break free of the patterns that bind us and learn new ways to manage challenging emotions. I care about my client's growth and success in obtaining their goals. I want to help in that journey and allow a safe space that fosters that growth. I am licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of experience working with a wide range of mental health disorders. Through my experience I have had particular success in helping women and adolescents navigate various life challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, school/work related stress, family difficulties, bipolar disorder, ADHD management.
We can break free of the patterns that bind us and learn new ways to manage challenging emotions. I care about my client's growth and success in obtaining their goals. I want to help in that journey and allow a safe space that fosters that growth. I am licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of experience working with a wide range of mental health disorders. Through my experience I have had particular success in helping women and adolescents navigate various life challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, school/work related stress, family difficulties, bipolar disorder, ADHD management.
(865) 309-5524 View (865) 309-5524
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Dr. Nisha Bhatt
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
I am a generalist practitioner with experience treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance use, personality disorders, LGBTQIA issues and more.
I understand each person has their own unique life story and circumstances. My aim is to support your journey in finding relief from suffering, developing emotional awareness and resilience, fostering healthy relationships with yourself and others, and deepening your sense of purpose. First and foremost, your therapy needs and goals will be explored and prioritized in our sessions together. I also conduct psychological evaluations to assist with diagnoses and treatment planning.
I am a generalist practitioner with experience treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance use, personality disorders, LGBTQIA issues and more.
I understand each person has their own unique life story and circumstances. My aim is to support your journey in finding relief from suffering, developing emotional awareness and resilience, fostering healthy relationships with yourself and others, and deepening your sense of purpose. First and foremost, your therapy needs and goals will be explored and prioritized in our sessions together. I also conduct psychological evaluations to assist with diagnoses and treatment planning.
(615) 398-8144 View (615) 398-8144
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Vanessa Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
Being a human is hard. Reaching out is hard. Needing a safe and accepting space with a compassionate person who will walk with you on your journey is a basic need of every human. I work with adults with issues such as depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, mood disorders, self-esteem, life transitions, and stress. Working with women's issues, LGBTQ+, infertility and creating families through IVF/donors/other non-traditional routes, and supporting families of those with mental illness are also passions of mine.
Being a human is hard. Reaching out is hard. Needing a safe and accepting space with a compassionate person who will walk with you on your journey is a basic need of every human. I work with adults with issues such as depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, mood disorders, self-esteem, life transitions, and stress. Working with women's issues, LGBTQ+, infertility and creating families through IVF/donors/other non-traditional routes, and supporting families of those with mental illness are also passions of mine.
(615) 205-8294 View (615) 205-8294
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HopeNation
Not Verified Not Verified
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
HopeNation offers assistance with: anxiety, depression, life transitions, academic difficulties, trauma, bipolar disorders, behavioral issues related to acting out & dysregulation, ADHD, grief & loss, social difficulties, impact of divorce, & adoption/foster care.
Does your child, teen or young adult (up to age 26) struggle to experience the best that life has to offer? As a parent do you have challenges that create overwhelm and distance between you and your child? As a young adult, are you at a loss for how to handle what life throws your way? HopeNation therapists offer hope and healing to children, teens, young adults and their families by empowering our clients to take charge of their lives. Proven interventions are used within a supportive and non-judgmental space that allows growth and transformation to take hold and flourish. You are not alone, reach out and connect today...
HopeNation offers assistance with: anxiety, depression, life transitions, academic difficulties, trauma, bipolar disorders, behavioral issues related to acting out & dysregulation, ADHD, grief & loss, social difficulties, impact of divorce, & adoption/foster care.
Does your child, teen or young adult (up to age 26) struggle to experience the best that life has to offer? As a parent do you have challenges that create overwhelm and distance between you and your child? As a young adult, are you at a loss for how to handle what life throws your way? HopeNation therapists offer hope and healing to children, teens, young adults and their families by empowering our clients to take charge of their lives. Proven interventions are used within a supportive and non-judgmental space that allows growth and transformation to take hold and flourish. You are not alone, reach out and connect today...
(629) 209-1769 View (629) 209-1769
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KBR Serenity Mind, Body Practice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37206  (Online Only)
I have a diverse range of experience in working with those who have been exposed to trauma, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Greetings! I'm Karen Roberts, a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in working with individuals, families, and groups in community. In therapy, my approach is to meet you where you are on your journey and collaborate towards achieving your goals. By envisioning what changes you desire in your life, you have already taken the first step. Perhaps you aim to be more vibrant, energetic, decisive, and purposeful. Imagine the possibilities if you could tap into these qualities. What would your life look like and how would you feel?
I have a diverse range of experience in working with those who have been exposed to trauma, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Greetings! I'm Karen Roberts, a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in working with individuals, families, and groups in community. In therapy, my approach is to meet you where you are on your journey and collaborate towards achieving your goals. By envisioning what changes you desire in your life, you have already taken the first step. Perhaps you aim to be more vibrant, energetic, decisive, and purposeful. Imagine the possibilities if you could tap into these qualities. What would your life look like and how would you feel?
(615) 492-3396 View (615) 492-3396
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J Lauren Webb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
Lauren specializes in working with adults who are striving to adjust to/ cope with multiple stressors, uncertainty, change, and issues related to perfectionism, as well as adults who have been diagnosed with/ think they could benefit from assessment for and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and/ or certain Personality Disorders.
Lauren specializes in working with adults who are striving to adjust to/ cope with multiple stressors, uncertainty, change, and issues related to perfectionism, as well as adults who have been diagnosed with/ think they could benefit from assessment for and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and/ or certain Personality Disorders.
(615) 392-4923 View (615) 392-4923
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Frances Perkins
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, MHSP, CCTP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37204
My practice centers on work with adults to treat symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD.
Currently Accepting New Clients to Begin July 2024. Please feel free to reach out regarding availability or to request an initial appointment via my website. There are times in life when we feel overwhelmed, lonely, down, or anxious. Therapy is a wonderful tool for those times, whether they are found in our hardest moments or in the challenges of every day. I look forward to working together to navigate these uncertainties.
My practice centers on work with adults to treat symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD.
Currently Accepting New Clients to Begin July 2024. Please feel free to reach out regarding availability or to request an initial appointment via my website. There are times in life when we feel overwhelmed, lonely, down, or anxious. Therapy is a wonderful tool for those times, whether they are found in our hardest moments or in the challenges of every day. I look forward to working together to navigate these uncertainties.
(629) 249-6697 View (629) 249-6697
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Irena Stjepic
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
I specialize in Somatic Attachment-Focused EMDR therapy, a body-mind approach to help you heal from current and past pain and discomfort. Additionally, I incorporate the Safe and Sound Protocol and Neurofeedback in my practice. My expertise lies in supporting young adults aged 16 and above, as well as adults who have experienced recent traumatic events or have Complex PTSD as a result of unhealed childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and other areas of focus, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, and performance enhancement.
I specialize in Somatic Attachment-Focused EMDR therapy, a body-mind approach to help you heal from current and past pain and discomfort. Additionally, I incorporate the Safe and Sound Protocol and Neurofeedback in my practice. My expertise lies in supporting young adults aged 16 and above, as well as adults who have experienced recent traumatic events or have Complex PTSD as a result of unhealed childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and other areas of focus, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, and performance enhancement.
(615) 471-6617 View (615) 471-6617
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Dr. Jo E Webster
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
I work with those suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse/addiction, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, personality disorders, relationship struggles, and life changes. I also help clients who are struggling with a lack of confidence, negative self-talk and thoughts, and the feeling of not being good enough or not doing enough.
I work with those suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse/addiction, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, personality disorders, relationship struggles, and life changes. I also help clients who are struggling with a lack of confidence, negative self-talk and thoughts, and the feeling of not being good enough or not doing enough.
(615) 857-1880 View (615) 857-1880
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Amanda Finn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37211
Hi! My name is Amanda Finn. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have about 10 years of experience in mental health. My approach to therapy is meeting people where they are at and helping them reach the goals, they set for themselves. I have experience with and am comfortable working with the following: trauma, suicidal thoughts/gestures, anger, anxiety, depression, mental health crisis, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use, grief and loss, behavioral issues, and personality disorders.
Hi! My name is Amanda Finn. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have about 10 years of experience in mental health. My approach to therapy is meeting people where they are at and helping them reach the goals, they set for themselves. I have experience with and am comfortable working with the following: trauma, suicidal thoughts/gestures, anger, anxiety, depression, mental health crisis, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use, grief and loss, behavioral issues, and personality disorders.
(629) 209-5369 View (629) 209-5369
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Jami Ivey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37211
My name is Jami Ivey, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee and Kentucky. I have 30 years of experience in the field and over 22 years as an LCSW. I work with all ages with various issues. I work with each client on individual issues helping them reach treatment goals. I see people with various issues such as, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, chronic pain, trauma, life changes, behavior issues, adjustment disorder, and parenting issues.
My name is Jami Ivey, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee and Kentucky. I have 30 years of experience in the field and over 22 years as an LCSW. I work with all ages with various issues. I work with each client on individual issues helping them reach treatment goals. I see people with various issues such as, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, chronic pain, trauma, life changes, behavior issues, adjustment disorder, and parenting issues.
(629) 276-4912 View (629) 276-4912
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Christine Wolf
MMFT, MedFT, CKAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204
I have worked with a diverse population infant-older adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, substance use, sexual abuse, and trauma.
As a Temp-Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist I meet people where they are, find their own intention for therapy, & guide them through their interpersonal relationships, thoughts, and feelings. I work from an evidence-based Collaborative/Narrative Strength Based Approach to understand the patient’s perspective and help empower them to understand their mental health through neurophysiological psychoeducation, assessments, and build coping skills for everyday life stressors. I see patients with chronic illness, depression, anxiety, Trauma (PTSD, Complex), relationship distress/conflict. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
I have worked with a diverse population infant-older adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, substance use, sexual abuse, and trauma.
As a Temp-Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist I meet people where they are, find their own intention for therapy, & guide them through their interpersonal relationships, thoughts, and feelings. I work from an evidence-based Collaborative/Narrative Strength Based Approach to understand the patient’s perspective and help empower them to understand their mental health through neurophysiological psychoeducation, assessments, and build coping skills for everyday life stressors. I see patients with chronic illness, depression, anxiety, Trauma (PTSD, Complex), relationship distress/conflict. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
(615) 845-5951 View (615) 845-5951
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Kent Blocker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCMHC, CEAP, MAC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
I have over 50 years experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling. I am certified in distance counseling and TN law now requires insurance coverage. I work with anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, PTSD, and phobias; depression and bipolar disorders; all kinds of substance abuse disorders; parenting problems; marital problems and couples counseling, including LGBT issues. I am retired from the U.S. Army, and am familiar with the problems of being in both military and law enforcement professions.
I have over 50 years experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling. I am certified in distance counseling and TN law now requires insurance coverage. I work with anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, PTSD, and phobias; depression and bipolar disorders; all kinds of substance abuse disorders; parenting problems; marital problems and couples counseling, including LGBT issues. I am retired from the U.S. Army, and am familiar with the problems of being in both military and law enforcement professions.
(423) 405-3110 View (423) 405-3110
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Marsha Thompson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37216
Most of this experience has been working with clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, relationship concerns, PTSD, anger management, self-esteem issues, coaching, individual, family, relationship, pre-marital and marital issues.
I have genuine empathy and compassion for individuals, marriages, couples, teens and women that are hurting. My practice was established for the purpose of restoring and sustaining wholeness in the lives of all people. Such wholeness is directed toward helping clients achieve more satisfying and productive lives in the contexts of their family, church, community and work place. This mission is accomplished in an environment that is grace filled, secure, caring, confidential, professional, and respectful of each person's life journey. I offer my services to all who seek personal and relational wholeness.
Most of this experience has been working with clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, relationship concerns, PTSD, anger management, self-esteem issues, coaching, individual, family, relationship, pre-marital and marital issues.
I have genuine empathy and compassion for individuals, marriages, couples, teens and women that are hurting. My practice was established for the purpose of restoring and sustaining wholeness in the lives of all people. Such wholeness is directed toward helping clients achieve more satisfying and productive lives in the contexts of their family, church, community and work place. This mission is accomplished in an environment that is grace filled, secure, caring, confidential, professional, and respectful of each person's life journey. I offer my services to all who seek personal and relational wholeness.
(615) 237-5045 View (615) 237-5045
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Amanda Harrell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
I have had the pleasure of doing therapy and helping my clients achieve their goals since 2002. Some clients have seen me for help with Depression, Anxiety or Bipolar Disorders. Some have had a history of self esteem issues or relationship conflicts with others. I have also worked with clients who are usually "okay" emotionally, but need extra support and assistance as they go through a rough time dealing with a particular stressor in their lives including divorce, grief over a loss or death of a loved one, losing a job, transitioning to retirement or adulthood, etc.
I have had the pleasure of doing therapy and helping my clients achieve their goals since 2002. Some clients have seen me for help with Depression, Anxiety or Bipolar Disorders. Some have had a history of self esteem issues or relationship conflicts with others. I have also worked with clients who are usually "okay" emotionally, but need extra support and assistance as they go through a rough time dealing with a particular stressor in their lives including divorce, grief over a loss or death of a loved one, losing a job, transitioning to retirement or adulthood, etc.
(615) 239-0660 View (615) 239-0660
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.