Online Bipolar Disorder Therapy & Treatment

Learn to Reclaim a Sense of Balance and Control, and Create a More Stable and Fulfilling Life

Online Bipolar Disorder Therapy & Treatment in San Francisco, CA - Lindsay Durgan, LMFTWhether you think you may have bipolar disorder, have been recently diagnosed, or have been living with it for years, I know how difficult it can be.

The unpredictable and extreme mood swings – from feeling like you can do anything and everything to not wanting to do anything at all – and the seemingly endless quest for the right combination of symptom management, medication, therapy and treatment techniques, can leave you feeling adrift in a stormy sea, careening from the one wave to the next, out of control with no sign of help.

Your school and work life suffer. Your professional and personal relationships suffer. You question your own behaviors and judgment when you understand the risk and harm they cause yourself and others. You may self-medicate in an attempt to regain a sense of equilibrium and control, but that just leads to more problems. The list goes on and on.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way!

Even if you’ve been struggling with the symptoms of bipolar disorder for so long that you’re skeptical anything can help, I’m here to let you know that you can reclaim a sense of balance and control over your life, and counseling and psychotherapy can help.

The Importance of Counseling & Therapy for Bipolar Disorder Treatment

The amount of change required to deal with bipolar diagnosis can be overwhelming.

While you’ll likely need some type of mood stabilizer, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, and/or antidepressant medication to manage your symptoms, the most effective bipolar disorder treatment involves a combination of medication and some form of counseling and psychotherapy.

Unlike medications alone, counseling and therapy can help you:

  • Become more aware of any emotional or situational “triggers” that affect your mood, as well as recognize when your mood is becoming unstable, so you can take precautions and avoid a full-blown crisis;
  • Learn specific steps to decrease anxiety and stress, set healthy boundaries, cope with mood episodes, reduce recurrences, and get the most out of your treatment;
  • Communicate more effectively and resolve relationship conflicts; and
  • Better understand bipolar disorder and yourself, so you can make any necessary lifestyle changes, as well as locate and access the support resources you need to navigate this issue over the long term.

In short, counseling and therapy can help adults and teens with bipolar disorder to better understand themselves, develop coping skills, create healthier lifestyles and routines, communicate more effectively with others, and prevent symptoms from recurring.

You CAN learn to achieve a sense of balance and control, and lead a richly rewarding and fulfilling life. I’ve helped many others with bipolar do just this.

Finding the Best Bipolar Therapist for You

While some forms of counseling and psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), have been shown to be particularly effective in treating bipolar disorder and helping people address any depression, feelings of guilt, or other negative thoughts and beliefs that come about due to manic episodes, the most important element in effective therapy is the trusting relationship you build with your therapist.

If you’re not comfortable openly and honestly sharing your feelings, fears and concerns with your therapist, you’re not going to be able to do the deep work necessary to better understand yourself and cope with this lifelong challenge.

Of course, we’re all unique individuals. Bipolar disorder affects everyone differently, and no one therapist is going to be the right or best bipolar therapist for every person.

This is also why I not only use CBT with clients, but have found an integrative, relationship-focused approach to bipolar disorder treatment to be the most helpful method of using the therapeutic relationship to transform any maladaptive beliefs or behaviors you’ve picked up while trying to cope with this issue.

Accordingly, in our work together, we’ll:

  • Identify your goals.
  • Examine any perceptions or beliefs that are holding you back from achieving those goals.
  • Determine the experiences that have led to those beliefs.
  • Use the therapeutic relationship to not only disconfirm those beliefs, but create new ones, as well as the skills and tools necessary, to help you live your life to its fullest potential.

Without proper treatment, bipolar disorder often gets worse over time, and can lead to innumerable mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral health issues.

But bipolar disorder is treatable!

While a bipolar diagnosis may present a lifelong challenge, this doesn’t mean you have to give in to it, let it define you, or run your life.

If you’re ready to get the support you need and deserve, reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms, better understand yourself, and reclaim a sense of balance and control, please don’t hesitate to contact me today at 415-990-9976 or with any questions you have. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you create an easier, more manageable, and richly rewarding life!

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Lindsay Durgan, LMFT – Online Bipolar Disorder Therapy & Treatment provided by a Bipolar Therapist for Bipolar Disorder in San Francisco, California