For too long “take your medication” has been the preferred treatment for clients struggling with Bipolar Disorder. This approach is not sufficient. Clients with Bipolar Disorder continue to rank highest in suicide rates and overall premature deaths. This statistic is partly to blame by the paucity of information available to practitioners on how to manage clients struggling with Bipolar Disorder. If you are frustrated by the recurrence of mood swings, hospitalizations, lack of treatment compliance or feeling stuck in treating your clients with Bipolar Disorder, this presentation is for you. There is finally an integrative approach that combines the most promising researched based theories into a cohesive treatment guideline that allows therapy to be catered to an individual’s specific strengths and needs. Proceeding from a wholistic approach, this treatment goes beyond mood management by evaluating and managing changes in social skills, cognitive functioning and overall health.
Catherine Ness’ Bio:
Catherine Ness MA, LCPC is a psychotherapist and the owner of Affective Counseling, a company specializing in and committed to mood management. Catherine has 15 years of experience working as a therapist in hospitals, non-profits, and outpatient settings in addition to being the clinical director of a large private practice. Catherine has developed a passion for working with those who have Bipolar Disorder and educating therapists about tangible techniques, outside of medication management, that improve the lives of those struggling with this disorder.
Over the past eight years, 70% of Catherine’s clients have had a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. Recognizing the lack of specific interventions for this population, Catherine spent years rigorously researching the most current and effective techniques available for treating Bipolar Disorder. She then combined her research with her extensive experience to develop a method of treatment that allows her clients to achieve mood stabilization and meet personal goals.