Bipolar

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 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
 

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

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
 

Have treated them successfully in the past.

— Karen Micka, Counselor in Dayon, OH
 

I'm equally passionate about working with clients who have Bipolar disorder. The clients I work with often struggle with low mood, motivation, and energy or with an elevated mood, thoughts of grandiosity, irritability and/or a high sex drive. Maybe you feel yourself dragging a lot of the time and are ready for a change. To curb emotional overwhelm and distress, I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to ease these symptoms. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) incorporates mindfulness to learn emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Bipolar can be a difficult illness to live with. I have been working with several people over the years to help them to manage their symptoms of bipolar. With the use of DBT and CBT materials to help them to reach their full potential.

— Jennifer Smith, Counselor in Dillon, MT
 

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

I understand the ups and downs of Bipolar and can help you learn to manage your emotions and moods so that you can achieve your goals.

— Coral Krueger, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

Addressing mood dysregulation utilizing an integrated approach.

— Tracy Carmody, Counselor in Baldwinsville, NY
 

I'm equally passionate about working with clients who have Bipolar disorder. The clients I work with often struggle with low mood, motivation, and energy or with an elevated mood, thoughts of grandiosity, irritability and/or a high sex drive. Maybe you feel yourself dragging a lot of the time and are ready for a change. To curb emotional overwhelm and distress, I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to ease these symptoms. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) incorporates mindfulness to learn emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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
 

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

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'm equally passionate about working with clients who have Bipolar disorder. The clients I work with often struggle with low mood, motivation, and energy or with an elevated mood, thoughts of grandiosity, irritability and/or a high sex drive. Maybe you feel yourself dragging a lot of the time and are ready for a change. To curb emotional overwhelm and distress, I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to ease these symptoms. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) incorporates mindfulness to learn emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

My experience with issues related to bipolar I and bipolar II has taken place in psychiatric hospitals, intensive community services, outpatient offices, and peer support. The problems these individuals face are uniquely challenging, though my experience across the range of severity allows me to visualize paths to wellness and recovery.

— Kuniko Madden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Durham, NC
 

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 lots of experience with bipolar clients, usually adolescents.

— Andressa Osta, Counselor in Woburn, MA
 

I understand the ups and downs of Bipolar and how it can affect daily life. I can work with you on learning how to manage those stressors and take control of your life.

— Coral Krueger, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

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
 

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

Dr. Jon Chandler utilizes a wide variety of evidence-based treatments for managing both “poles” of this diagnosis.

— Jon Chandler, Psychiatrist in New Orleans, LA
 

I'm equally passionate about working with clients who have Bipolar disorder. The clients I work with often struggle with low mood, motivation, and energy or with an elevated mood, thoughts of grandiosity, irritability and/or a high sex drive. Maybe you feel yourself dragging a lot of the time and are ready for a change. To curb emotional overwhelm and distress, I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to ease these symptoms. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) incorporates mindfulness to learn emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

My work with bipolar (type I and II) has taken place in psychiatric hospitals, intensive community services, outpatient clinics, and peer support venues. The problems individuals with bipolar face are uniquely challenging, though my range of experience allows me to visualize the path to wellness and recovery.

— Kuniko Madden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Durham, NC
 

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

I'm equally passionate about working with clients who have Bipolar disorder. The clients I work with often struggle with low mood, motivation, and energy or with an elevated mood, thoughts of grandiosity, irritability and/or a high sex drive. Maybe you feel yourself dragging a lot of the time and are ready for a change. To curb emotional overwhelm and distress, I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to ease these symptoms. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) incorporates mindfulness to learn emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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