Therapists Are People.

There are now seven different types of therapy now approved for the treatment of a bipolar disorder.

Psychotherapy – the new name for talk therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

Family-Focused Therapy.

Interpersonal And Social Rhythm Therapy.

Group Psychoeducation.

EDMR (Eye Movement Denization and Reprocessing) Therapy.

All these types of therapy have one thing in common. A therapist administers them.  According to my Oxford Dictionary, a therapist is a person who is skilled in a particular type of therapy. People administer all therapy.

Is It The Person Or The Type Of Therapy That Is Important?

The answer to the question is that both are important. When dealing with anything to do with bipolar disorder, you have to find what and who works for you. All types of therapy have two purposes. 1. To challenge your thinking and false beliefs to bring you into reality.  2. To help you find and heal the trauma you suffered to cause the bipolar rupture in the first place.

Someone once said that it is more important to find the right therapist than it is to find the right person to be your spouse. I agree with that statement because to reach the goals of therapy. You will share the intimate details of your life with a stranger.

There Are Two Things You Need Before Engaging Therapists.

  1. A written diagnosis from your psychiatrist.
  2. A willingness to do what ever it takes to get better.

Questions To Ask Your Therapist.

This person is a total stranger, and you have the right to ask these questions before you start.

  1. Will You read my diagnosis?
  2. Do you understand bipolar disorder? Do not accept a yes or no answer. Get the prospective therapists understanding of bipolar disorder.
  3. Have your worked with a bipolar client before?
  4. Do you do trauma work?
  5. Do you expect me to work on things outside of our sessions? If there is no expectation to work on things outside of the sessions this not the therapist for you.
  6. How much do you charge?
  7. What are your qualifications?
  8. What is your approach? Are you a guide or director? Some people do better when gently guided towards the desired outcome. Some people need the therapist to tell them directly what to do.
  9. If I am in crisis, can I call you?
  10. Do you help clients set goals for mental and emotional wellness?

Therapist Horror Stories.

As the title of this post says, therapists are people; there are great therapists and poor therapists. I have heard of and experienced both. I have had two great therapists who were instrumental in helping me get the state of mental and emotional wellness that I am at today. Not only did they guide me to that place, but they also taught me how to maintain it. But I have also experienced a few who lacked the skill to help me. Either they were stuck in a type of therapy that did not work for me or did not have the qualifications to help. My worst experience was with a therapist who completely broke me down and then lacked the skill to put me back together. That experience put me in the hospital. In every therapist horror story I experienced, if I had asked the right questions at the outset, they could have been avoided.

The Blog of The Week is also a therapy horror story.

Conclusion.

Therapy is an important part of bipolar treatment. Your relationship with your therapist is just as important as the type of therapy they practice. Make sure you are entering into a relationship with the right therapist for you.

Please let me know in the comments about your experience with therapy or bipolar disorder and if you found this information helpful. Please like and share this post.

As we conclude this week’s blog post, always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our struggle is with our illness, not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives. 

The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.” 

I say,” Work hard on yourself, and everything else falls into place like magic.”

Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere. 

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BLOG OF THE WEEK:

Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are, the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog that I found interesting that may inform you. The following blog is another author’s work.  I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Monica Sudakov

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