Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Dallas, TX

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Deanna Sims
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75248
I enjoy working with individuals with Bipolar Disorder to help them develop a treatment plan and to provide useful education about the disorder. Accurate information is critical in developing acceptance of the disorder and fighting stigma. Regarding infidelity, I work to help the patient(s) heal from the trauma and heartbreak of infidelity. Managing anger or obsessive thoughts, learning to be vulnerable again, and developing forgiveness are important goals for the betrayed spouse, whether separating or reconciling. Rebuilding trust, adhering to total honesty (the hallmark of healing), and being behaviorally accountable are tasks that I help the straying spouse develop.
I enjoy working with individuals with Bipolar Disorder to help them develop a treatment plan and to provide useful education about the disorder. Accurate information is critical in developing acceptance of the disorder and fighting stigma. Regarding infidelity, I work to help the patient(s) heal from the trauma and heartbreak of infidelity. Managing anger or obsessive thoughts, learning to be vulnerable again, and developing forgiveness are important goals for the betrayed spouse, whether separating or reconciling. Rebuilding trust, adhering to total honesty (the hallmark of healing), and being behaviorally accountable are tasks that I help the straying spouse develop.
(972) 805-1545 View (972) 805-1545
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Stacy Bortey
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75240
I have helped with people dealing with stress, grief, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues , bipolar disorder and borderline disorders.
It is amazing that you have taken this first step. I trust and believe that it took a lot of courage but with you looking at this message, it is a bold and beautiful step that you have taken. Though it may be unknown to you, your mental health plays a big role in your lifestyle and making sure that yours is a healthy lifestyle includes paying attention to your mental health. You truly do have that solution within you and with my guidance you will discover that solution, your strengths and most importantly what that miracle of having the solution looks like.
I have helped with people dealing with stress, grief, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues , bipolar disorder and borderline disorders.
It is amazing that you have taken this first step. I trust and believe that it took a lot of courage but with you looking at this message, it is a bold and beautiful step that you have taken. Though it may be unknown to you, your mental health plays a big role in your lifestyle and making sure that yours is a healthy lifestyle includes paying attention to your mental health. You truly do have that solution within you and with my guidance you will discover that solution, your strengths and most importantly what that miracle of having the solution looks like.
(469) 281-7155 View (469) 281-7155
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Healing Mind Psychiatry PLLC
PA-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75248
Now Accepting NEW Clients! Welcome to Healing Mind Psychiatry, where our goal is to offer compassionate, thorough, and individualized mental health services. We know how intimidating it might be to seek professional assistance for mental health issues. Our clinic offers a wide range of services to both adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of mental health conditions. As a result, our team of skilled mental health providers are committed to fostering a secure and welcoming environment for every client who enters our doors. From depression and anxiety, bipolar illness & ADHD, our specialists have the knowledge to help you.
Now Accepting NEW Clients! Welcome to Healing Mind Psychiatry, where our goal is to offer compassionate, thorough, and individualized mental health services. We know how intimidating it might be to seek professional assistance for mental health issues. Our clinic offers a wide range of services to both adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of mental health conditions. As a result, our team of skilled mental health providers are committed to fostering a secure and welcoming environment for every client who enters our doors. From depression and anxiety, bipolar illness & ADHD, our specialists have the knowledge to help you.
(214) 241-4684 View (214) 241-4684
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Christopher Keener
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, LCDC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204
I specialize in the treatment of teens and adults facing challenges such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. My priority is creating a safe and supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their challenges and work towards positive change.
I specialize in the treatment of teens and adults facing challenges such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. My priority is creating a safe and supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their challenges and work towards positive change.
(214) 256-1184 View (214) 256-1184
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Yassmin Eldouh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! My area of focus is providing culturally competent counseling to individuals of varying mental health difficulties. I work with clients with various presenting issues, including anxiety and depression, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. In addition to being a licensed therapist, I am completing my PhD in counseling. My intersectional identities as an Arab-Asian woman from a Muslim background allows me to experience understanding and empathy for those from varying backgrounds and identities.
Hello and welcome! My area of focus is providing culturally competent counseling to individuals of varying mental health difficulties. I work with clients with various presenting issues, including anxiety and depression, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. In addition to being a licensed therapist, I am completing my PhD in counseling. My intersectional identities as an Arab-Asian woman from a Muslim background allows me to experience understanding and empathy for those from varying backgrounds and identities.
(940) 329-2591 View (940) 329-2591
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Allison Ondocsin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75219
My practice consists of individuals and couples with a large range of experiences including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, feeling stuck, life transitions, loss, trauma, infidelity, work frustration, sexual dissatisfaction, and relationship conflicts.
You've already taken a brave step. Seeking therapy means you have a desire to engage in life in a different way. Across their diverse backgrounds, my clients have all decided they want something more, and I have the privilege of watching them get there. By establishing a safe space for expression and exploration, I'll join you as you tolerate and, when ready, lean into uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and experiences. I empower clients by supporting them as they integrate techniques associated with overcoming challenges, increasing resilience and joy, building courage to challenge fears, and living more wholeheartedly.
My practice consists of individuals and couples with a large range of experiences including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, feeling stuck, life transitions, loss, trauma, infidelity, work frustration, sexual dissatisfaction, and relationship conflicts.
You've already taken a brave step. Seeking therapy means you have a desire to engage in life in a different way. Across their diverse backgrounds, my clients have all decided they want something more, and I have the privilege of watching them get there. By establishing a safe space for expression and exploration, I'll join you as you tolerate and, when ready, lean into uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and experiences. I empower clients by supporting them as they integrate techniques associated with overcoming challenges, increasing resilience and joy, building courage to challenge fears, and living more wholeheartedly.
(972) 694-4333 View (972) 694-4333
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Sophia Creede
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of expertise to the therapeutic space. I earned my Bachelor's in Psychology from the esteemed University of Texas at Austin and furthered my education with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Houston. My professional journey has encompassed working with diverse populations facing a spectrum of challenges, including individuals navigating trauma, chronic health conditions, LGBTIQA+, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and the complexities of reintegration after extended prison sentences.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of expertise to the therapeutic space. I earned my Bachelor's in Psychology from the esteemed University of Texas at Austin and furthered my education with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Houston. My professional journey has encompassed working with diverse populations facing a spectrum of challenges, including individuals navigating trauma, chronic health conditions, LGBTIQA+, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and the complexities of reintegration after extended prison sentences.
(832) 346-7386 View (832) 346-7386
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Lisa Wallace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
I have experience working with a wide variety of populations, specializing in helping adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, or substance use.
Have you ever looked at your reflection and wondered who you are? Do you ever feel lost or wonder where you are headed? Confession- I have. I realized later in life that my calling was to become a therapist. Long before returning to college, I received on-the-job training through my own experiences as a mother, wife, friend, and as an individual struggling with depression and anxiety. These experiences helped prepare me for my role as a therapist. Just like my clients, I looked for a therapist to talk to, one who would listen and be able to understand where I was coming from.
I have experience working with a wide variety of populations, specializing in helping adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, or substance use.
Have you ever looked at your reflection and wondered who you are? Do you ever feel lost or wonder where you are headed? Confession- I have. I realized later in life that my calling was to become a therapist. Long before returning to college, I received on-the-job training through my own experiences as a mother, wife, friend, and as an individual struggling with depression and anxiety. These experiences helped prepare me for my role as a therapist. Just like my clients, I looked for a therapist to talk to, one who would listen and be able to understand where I was coming from.
(737) 214-4935 View (737) 214-4935
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Yas Farrokh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75248
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of clinical experience. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, children, couples and families, using a variety of therapeutic techniques. I have vast experience working with issues related to trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, anger management, mood disorders, anxiety, employment and work place problems, and grief.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of clinical experience. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, children, couples and families, using a variety of therapeutic techniques. I have vast experience working with issues related to trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, anger management, mood disorders, anxiety, employment and work place problems, and grief.
(469) 294-8291 View (469) 294-8291
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Elizabeth Cooper
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75277
Life's challenges can leave us feeling stuck or isolated as if we need to hide out pain and carry these burdens alone. But what happens if these burdens are too heavy to bear? That's where I come in. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am here to offer you a guiding hand through some of life's toughest moments. Whether you're navigating the aftermath of a miscarriage, adjusting to life postpartum, or grappling with a bipolar disorder diagnosis, you don't have to face it alone. Together, we can work to move through these changes and onto the next chapter of your life.
Life's challenges can leave us feeling stuck or isolated as if we need to hide out pain and carry these burdens alone. But what happens if these burdens are too heavy to bear? That's where I come in. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am here to offer you a guiding hand through some of life's toughest moments. Whether you're navigating the aftermath of a miscarriage, adjusting to life postpartum, or grappling with a bipolar disorder diagnosis, you don't have to face it alone. Together, we can work to move through these changes and onto the next chapter of your life.
(469) 828-2319 View (469) 828-2319
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Mary A Dom
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75217  (Online Only)
I am very experienced in working with mood disorders, especially Bipolar Disorder.
Talking about your concerns can help clarify what you want and need in your life. Finding choices helps us to grow and change personally and emotionally. I am here to give you the knowledge, perspective and experience gained through working with people in therapy for over 30 years. As a licensed professional counselor with experience in providing preteen, teen, couples, and individual counseling, let me offer you a warm and accepting environment where being non-judgmental is necessary to make you feel comfortable. Please note I work by telehealth only and my hours are Sunday through Friday from 7am to 3pm.
I am very experienced in working with mood disorders, especially Bipolar Disorder.
Talking about your concerns can help clarify what you want and need in your life. Finding choices helps us to grow and change personally and emotionally. I am here to give you the knowledge, perspective and experience gained through working with people in therapy for over 30 years. As a licensed professional counselor with experience in providing preteen, teen, couples, and individual counseling, let me offer you a warm and accepting environment where being non-judgmental is necessary to make you feel comfortable. Please note I work by telehealth only and my hours are Sunday through Friday from 7am to 3pm.
(210) 978-0987 View (210) 978-0987
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Caroline Lopez
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75287
My experience includes depression, self-harm, bipolar disorder, anxiety, intellectual and developmental disorders, substance misuse, and homelessness.
My first priority in establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship is building rapport. I want to ensure that the treatment goals that you're working on are catered to your individual needs and wants. Throughout life, we encounter various hurdles, issues, and obstacles. I want to be the one who teaches you the applicable coping skills correlating with your situation and where you are in your life. Mental health recovery is a journey that can at times seem overwhelming, however- I feel like together that we can collaborate in order to help you to move forward confidently. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas.
My experience includes depression, self-harm, bipolar disorder, anxiety, intellectual and developmental disorders, substance misuse, and homelessness.
My first priority in establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship is building rapport. I want to ensure that the treatment goals that you're working on are catered to your individual needs and wants. Throughout life, we encounter various hurdles, issues, and obstacles. I want to be the one who teaches you the applicable coping skills correlating with your situation and where you are in your life. Mental health recovery is a journey that can at times seem overwhelming, however- I feel like together that we can collaborate in order to help you to move forward confidently. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas.
(972) 635-4921 View (972) 635-4921
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Jasmine L Ervin
LPC-Associate
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75287  (Online Only)
I specialize in Womens Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Teens, Addiction, Relationship Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Adults with ADHD, Suicide Ideation, Divorce, LGBTQ+.
Hi my name is Jasmine Ervin, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas. My 10+ years of experience educator, counselor, and administrator have acted as a catalyst in how I prioritize ensuring that my clients not only receive proper counsel, but relevant psych education in how to apply learned skills to their daily lives. My mental health background in the private practice and hospitalization setting (outpatient and inpatient) have prepared me to work with various diverse populations and an array of specialties.
I specialize in Womens Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Teens, Addiction, Relationship Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Adults with ADHD, Suicide Ideation, Divorce, LGBTQ+.
Hi my name is Jasmine Ervin, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas. My 10+ years of experience educator, counselor, and administrator have acted as a catalyst in how I prioritize ensuring that my clients not only receive proper counsel, but relevant psych education in how to apply learned skills to their daily lives. My mental health background in the private practice and hospitalization setting (outpatient and inpatient) have prepared me to work with various diverse populations and an array of specialties.
(469) 224-5456 View (469) 224-5456
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Zen Counseling & Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A, LCDC, NCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204
Greetings! I am Clara, and I am deeply committed to aiding others and derive satisfaction from providing something of value that enhances your existence. I assist people in overcoming daily and life challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, grief, LGBTQ issues, life transitions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (addiction), and trauma. I support the promotion of mental health, which includes psychological, emotional, social, and wellness dimensions, in order to assist people in improving their overall well-being.
Greetings! I am Clara, and I am deeply committed to aiding others and derive satisfaction from providing something of value that enhances your existence. I assist people in overcoming daily and life challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, grief, LGBTQ issues, life transitions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (addiction), and trauma. I support the promotion of mental health, which includes psychological, emotional, social, and wellness dimensions, in order to assist people in improving their overall well-being.
(972) 630-9688 View (972) 630-9688
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Mick Veasey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75240
I work with individuals who struggle with relationship issues, addiction, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, interpersonal conflict, bipolar disorder, and everyday problems and obstacles in life.
Struggling? You don't have to go alone...... Navigating life can sometimes lead us to feel disconnected from our close relationships, the people around us, or even ourselves. We may be sailing smoothly through life at times, and at others - the unexpected happens and we are not sure what to do, or how to recover. This can lead to a profound sense of loneliness, isolation, and disconnection. If you find yourself struggling or having difficulty finding meaning and purpose - you are not alone. To struggle is to be human, and I would be honored to help you uncover the answers you seek.
I work with individuals who struggle with relationship issues, addiction, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, interpersonal conflict, bipolar disorder, and everyday problems and obstacles in life.
Struggling? You don't have to go alone...... Navigating life can sometimes lead us to feel disconnected from our close relationships, the people around us, or even ourselves. We may be sailing smoothly through life at times, and at others - the unexpected happens and we are not sure what to do, or how to recover. This can lead to a profound sense of loneliness, isolation, and disconnection. If you find yourself struggling or having difficulty finding meaning and purpose - you are not alone. To struggle is to be human, and I would be honored to help you uncover the answers you seek.
(469) 457-3739 View (469) 457-3739
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Summer Rose
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219  (Online Only)
Hi there! Thank you for considering my practice. I have extensive expertise in the following areas: depression/bipolar disorders, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues, behavioral disorders, family discord and child/adolescent issues (though I work with lots of adults too). My modality is eclectic; however, my approach is tailored to what will work for your unique situation. I have expertise in the area of psychological assessment. I conduct assessments weekly for ADHD, learning differences, behavior disorders, etc. I am a frequent speaker in the DFW metroplex and have been featured as an expert panelist on NPR. But above all, I privilege my clients and their voice.
Hi there! Thank you for considering my practice. I have extensive expertise in the following areas: depression/bipolar disorders, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues, behavioral disorders, family discord and child/adolescent issues (though I work with lots of adults too). My modality is eclectic; however, my approach is tailored to what will work for your unique situation. I have expertise in the area of psychological assessment. I conduct assessments weekly for ADHD, learning differences, behavior disorders, etc. I am a frequent speaker in the DFW metroplex and have been featured as an expert panelist on NPR. But above all, I privilege my clients and their voice.
(281) 609-7482 View (281) 609-7482
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Casey Leamy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCDC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75252
My experience encompasses substance abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, trauma, adolescent behavioral issues, relational issues, family conflict, parenting, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar, Borderline, and ADHD.
Nothing in life is one size fits all; therapy is no exception. My first priority is to establish a trusting relationship with you, then together create goals tailored to your individual needs. As humans, we tend to shy away from uncomfortable, unwanted, or overwhelming feelings/thoughts. We all develop habits to cope; sometimes those habits may no longer be helpful. In a non-judgmental and safe environment, we will work together, unlock your potential and create the change you desire. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and fully trained in EMDR in Texas.
My experience encompasses substance abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, trauma, adolescent behavioral issues, relational issues, family conflict, parenting, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar, Borderline, and ADHD.
Nothing in life is one size fits all; therapy is no exception. My first priority is to establish a trusting relationship with you, then together create goals tailored to your individual needs. As humans, we tend to shy away from uncomfortable, unwanted, or overwhelming feelings/thoughts. We all develop habits to cope; sometimes those habits may no longer be helpful. In a non-judgmental and safe environment, we will work together, unlock your potential and create the change you desire. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and fully trained in EMDR in Texas.
(469) 778-4625 View (469) 778-4625
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Sarah Karsner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating adults experiencing anxiety, depression, sexual and psychological trauma, PTSD, and life transitions. I have experience treating Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, grief, and self-harm. I'm passionate about helping you heal from traumatic life experiences. I provide you with concrete coping strategies to help you feel more fulfilled.
I specialize in treating adults experiencing anxiety, depression, sexual and psychological trauma, PTSD, and life transitions. I have experience treating Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, grief, and self-harm. I'm passionate about helping you heal from traumatic life experiences. I provide you with concrete coping strategies to help you feel more fulfilled.
(512) 768-2731 View (512) 768-2731
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Samia Geraghty
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75214
As a therapist with 20 years of experience, I offer support, empathy, guidance and a safe space to explore any problem you may bring, big or small. Together we can work to identify your goals and find solutions to any issues you are currently facing. I work with adults and adolescents with a wide range of issues including but not limited to anxiety, phobias, depression, bipolar disorder, LGBTQIA, personality disorders, chronic pain, sexual abuse, trauma, job stress and relationship difficulties.
As a therapist with 20 years of experience, I offer support, empathy, guidance and a safe space to explore any problem you may bring, big or small. Together we can work to identify your goals and find solutions to any issues you are currently facing. I work with adults and adolescents with a wide range of issues including but not limited to anxiety, phobias, depression, bipolar disorder, LGBTQIA, personality disorders, chronic pain, sexual abuse, trauma, job stress and relationship difficulties.
(469) 352-2304 View (469) 352-2304
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Schylar Rae Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
I have experience working with Anxiety disorders, PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and psychotic spectrum illnesses.
I imagine you are here searching for a therapist due to life becoming too overwhelming. By starting this search, you've demonstrated a profound commitment to your well-being, and I am honored to accompany you on this path of exploration and healing. Together, we will work collaboratively to navigate through challenges, cultivate resilience, and unlock the inner resources necessary for your personal evolution. Throughout our sessions together, I will bring trauma-informed care from a calm and caring perspective to aid you in guiding your own growth.
I have experience working with Anxiety disorders, PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and psychotic spectrum illnesses.
I imagine you are here searching for a therapist due to life becoming too overwhelming. By starting this search, you've demonstrated a profound commitment to your well-being, and I am honored to accompany you on this path of exploration and healing. Together, we will work collaboratively to navigate through challenges, cultivate resilience, and unlock the inner resources necessary for your personal evolution. Throughout our sessions together, I will bring trauma-informed care from a calm and caring perspective to aid you in guiding your own growth.
(972) 944-8764 View (972) 944-8764

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.