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Bipolar Disorder Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ

Overcome Feelings of Helplessness

Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a serious mental illness that causes extreme fluctuations.

If you are affected, it limits your ability for normal functionality. You feel extreme mood swings, from emotional highs to lows.

During the “low” you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in most activities. When you are in the “high” there’s a euphoric feeling, over the top energy, yet unusually irritable.

Your mood swings can affect sleep, energy, behavior, judgment and your ability to think. There’s a turmoil people with bipolar go through as they experience the endless cycle. There’s the dramatic and emotional highs and lows. It creates a feeling of hopelessness for their future.

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You do not have to feel helpless. Studies have shown psychotherapy is a vital part of bipolar disorder treatment.

Treatment can be provided in an individual, family or group setting.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) focuses on identifying unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors. You’ll work to replace them with healthy, positive ones. CBT can also help you identify what triggers the bipolar episodes. You’ll learn strategics to manage stress and cope with upsetting situations.

Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), can be effective in one-on-one sessions or pyschoeducational groups. During the therapy you will learn DBT skills training. This will help target the issues and teaches skills to deal with them.

Family therapy offers support and communication between family members. You and your family will learn about recognizing and managing early signs of mood swings.

At Pathways Counseling Services, we understand the significant challenges that living a life with bipolar disorder can present to the individuals suffering from it and we offer assistance that will meet the needs of individuals struggling to overcome this debilitating disorder.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.

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