Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. Formally known as manic depression, bipolar is a serious condition that can cause dangerous behavior, including suicidal tendencies. The manic and depressive periods can be brief (hours or days) or last several weeks or even months. Bipolar disorder is typically treated with a combination of therapy and medication. If you are suffering from bipolar disorder (or suspect you might be), contact one of TherapyDen’s specialists to get help today.

Meet the specialists

I started working with individuals who struggle with bipolar disorder while in graduate school. While I believe that DBT is a great approach for many who struggle with such a disorder, I have found that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy helps all people solidify their values and align their lives to reflect personal priorities regardless of being in a manic, depressive, or remission state.

— Bradley Raburn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Caldwell, ID

I help individuals with BiPolar Disorder navigate the seemingly thrilling peaks and associated, dark valleys of this illness, which offers deep lessons about what it means to be human as well as the importance of learning to master one's emotions.

— Ariane Eroy, Ph. D., Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Bipolar disorder has a spectrum of manifestations. I believe it requires a very individualized approach. I will take the time to understand your experience of it and negotiate a plan that works best for you with a full evaluation of the pros and cons of each approach.

— Matthew Hicks, Naturopathic Doctor in Portland, OR

We gather a history of your mood and its patterns. I assist you in establishing steady and stable routines, ultimately leading to a more balanced lifestyle, so that you can achieve your goals. I assist you in challenging negative beliefs you may have about yourself, so that you can feel confident and proud. Talk therapy is only one approach to treatment and for clients who would like to explore other forms, I am also versed in art therapy interventions.

— Robyn Tamanaha, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

I have extensive experience working with the full range of mood disorders and success is supporting a healthy management of mood related symptoms and behaviors. Many people with mood disorders also suffer from complex trauma, known or unknown to them, and/or substance abuse issues. I am well qualified, having extensive specialized trainings and experience, to help.

— Stacy Ruse (Owner), Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

Throughout my work over the years in various psychiatric settings I have found those who live with the challenge of a Bipolar diagnosis to be the most inspirational in the way they learn to weather the shifts in mood regulation. It has been my honor to work with these heroes in learning new ways to understand themselves and build healthy, fulfilling lives.

— Judy Dodgen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

Bipolar Disorder is one of my favorite conditions to work with. There are a wide range of Bipolar Specific medications and supplements to help with this condition. I like to use such therapies as CBT and Mindfulness to help my patients.

— Satu Woodland, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boise, ID

I utilize a blend of mindfulness-based interventions and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) informed therapy to help synthesize the reasonable mind and emotional mind when it comes to impulse control and regulating emotions in the both manic and depressive episode stages.

— Dr. Sylvia Kalicinski-Don, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami Beach, FL 33140, FL

Tortured by racing thoughts, pressured speech, lack of sleep and irritability? Have a hard time getting out of bed or enjoying even simple pleasures? Have you lost hope of feeling anything again? Join a fellowship of people and their caregivers seeking support around Bipolar and other mood disorders, led by Matthew Breuer, a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern with his own diagnosis of Bipolar Type 1. A graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies, he is a trained facilitator by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has experience with a variety of group settings, most recently as a co-leader for a Harm Reduction group at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Participate to receive help with manic, depressive or mixed mood symptoms at $45 per session. We meet weekly, Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm at 870 Market St., Suite 800, in the Flood Building off Powell Station, above GAP and across from Westfield Mall. An intimate 10 person per week capacity. Reserve your spot today.

— Matthew Breuer, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

I have worked with those who have bipolar disorder for the last 5 years in hospital settings, community mental health, and group practice. Bipolar disorder is complicated and coordinating care can be difficult. I understand how important it will be to work with your care team to provide the best care.

— Laura Wood, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Do you feel at times like you can do ANYTHING, and at other times like you can NOT do anything? Bipolar Disorder causes severe mood swings that can throw arrows through your plans. I love to help people create a plan for living a meaningful life with Bipolar Disorder. I have training in Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy, a newer intervention specifically for Bipolar Disorder as well as other approaches that can help you do this. I believe that recovery from Bipolar Disorder is possible.

— Jennifer Gerlach, Therapist in Swansea, IL

Bipolar disorder can lead to abrupt mood shifts that can be difficult to manage and lead to impulsive choices, psychosis, challenged relationships, etc. There are therapeutic techniques we can engage in together to help bring about increased awareness of how lifestyle and mood are intertwined for you personally and identify areas for adjustment. Through processing in therapy, we can work together toward a greater sense of balance - both internally and externally.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

Mood disorders, such as bipolar I or II, are often misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, patients may go years with a mood disorder left untreated, which can lead to comorbid issues, such as substance abuse. Our goal is to identify and treat the mood disorder as soon as possible.

— Elizabeth Robinson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Atlanta, GA

Addressing mood dysregulation utilizing an integrated approach.

— Tracy Carmody, Counselor in Baldwinsville, NY

I have lots of experience with bipolar clients, usually adolescents.

— Andressa Osta, Counselor in Woburn, MA