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13,966 people sought bipolar disorder therapy help in Virginia in the last year

Discover how starting bipolar disorder therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +19 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Women’s Issues, ADHD, +7 more

As a person who has suffered depression, i understand how debilitating and isolating mental health issue can be and i am here to work with you to ensu... As a person who has suffered depression, i understand how debilitating and isolating mental health issue can be and i am here to work with you to ensure your needs are met. Read more

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Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +20 more
Stress, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

I am an excellent nurse practitioner who not only evaluates, diagnoses and prescribes medication but I also have the patience to answer all of your qu... I am an excellent nurse practitioner who not only evaluates, diagnoses and prescribes medication but I also have the patience to answer all of your questions, as well. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Stress, Women’s Issues, ADHD, +7 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +20 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +9 more

As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason Un... As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University, Virginia, I understand the need to assess and treat each individual based on evidence. Read more

Starting Bipolar disorder therapy

What is Bipolar disorder therapy?

Bipolar disorder therapy from our providers at Thriveworks in Alexandria, VA is an effective form of mental health treatment for those with bipolar disorder. It helps one to better navigate their unique experience, which might come with the hypomanic, manic, or depressive episodes.

How does Bipolar disorder therapy work?

Bipolar disorder therapy works to help you manage your specific symptoms as well as improve your relationships. It can also help you cope with stress, a major contributor to the disorder.

Is Bipolar disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Our bipolar disorder therapy services are conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you when working with one of providers at Thriveworks in Alexandria, VA.

How long does Bipolar disorder therapy last?

The length of bipolar disorder therapy sessions will vary from one person to the next, dependent on their specific needs. However, short-term, problem-focused therapy for bipolar disorder typically lasts for 12-16 weeks. Therapy may last longer for those who have more severe or persistent symptoms.

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Counseling for Bipolar Disorder in Alexandria, VA (Franconia)—Counselors and Therapists

Thriveworks Alexandria offers therapy for bipolar depression. We understand the social, emotional, and physical support someone who is fighting bipolar needs, and our therapists have helped many clients find the help they need to live their lives.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Sometimes, bipolar depression is called manic depression because people experience abrupt swings in their mood, often moving quickly from a normal mood to an intense depression or an intense mania.

To be considered a depressive episode, people must experience a depressed mood as described by themselves or others as sad, weepy, or empty, a significant loss of interest in any activity as well as three of the following:

  1. Substantial changes in their weight or appetite (e.g., significant weight gain or complete loss of interest in food).
  2. Inability to concentrate or make decisions.
  3. Daily disruptions in sleep—insomnia or hypersomnia (e.g., not being able to sleep or sleeping all the time).
  4. Loss of energy and stamina.
  5. Slowed or intensified psychomotor activity (e.g., heightened pacing or foot tapping, slowed speech or body movement).
  6. Excessive, even delusional, feelings of worthlessness and guilt.
  7. Repetitive thoughts of dying, including suicide idealization.

These depressive symptoms, to meet the criteria for bipolar disorder, must last most of the day, every day for a period of two weeks.

The stereotype of bipolar disorder is that manic episodes are euphoric, but in reality, people often experience the manic episode as irritability. The following are criteria for a manic episode according to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

  • Experiencing a persistent and abnormal expansive or irritable state of mind for at least one week.
  • During this period, three of the following symptoms must be displayed if the mood is euphoric and four must be displayed if the mood is irritable:
    • Inflated sense of one’s own grandiosity or exaggerated self-esteem.
    • Needing less sleep to function (e.g., waking rested after 2 hours of sleep).
    • Increasingly talkative—more than usual.
    • Racing thoughts.
    • Feeling distracted (e.g., one’s attention being captured by unimportant or irrelevant thoughts).
    • Increasing one’s personal or professional goal-directed activity (e.g., planning excessively).
    • Involvement in risky or potentially painful activities (e.g., shopping sprees, sexual indiscretions, or unwise professional decisions).
  • These disturbances must be severe enough to cause disruption in an individual’s personal or professional life, to necessitate hospitalization as a precaution for harm, or cause psychotic episodes.
  • The episode cannot be attributable to a substance’s physiological effects.

Living with Bipolar Depression

Bipolar depression is a serious mental illness that requires a mental health professional’s care and oversight for treatment. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed, work closely with your therapist for a treatment plan. Beyond what your therapist may recommend, here are a few

1. Pursue Education. The information you have just read is a great start, but continue to learn about your diagnosis. Ask your therapist for resources, and begin to notice how your illness might be aligning with certain symptoms.

2. Cultivate Support. Continue to lean upon a professional therapist’s guidance, but also seek out other forms of support. There may be support groups that provide a safe place to share. Consider which family members and friends you feel comfortable sharing about the diagnosis.

3. Be active. Activity can be both social and physical. It might be tempting to withdrawal socially, but going out with friends or opening up to a loved one can go a long way for healing. So can finding a way to be physically active. Think about what you enjoy and pursue it.

Treatment for Bipolar Depression with Thriveworks Alexandria, VA (Franconia)

The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Alexandria have extensive training and experience in treating bipolar depression, and we are ready to help you.

When you call our office, know that you may have your first appointment within a week of your first call. We offer weekend and evening appointments, and work with many major insurance companies. Call or go online to get started with a therapist at Thriveworks Alexandria.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Alexandria therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Alexandria
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Read more I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Marjorie Feb 2024
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At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Read more At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Horace Feb 2024
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Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Read more Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Horace Jan 2024
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I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Read more I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Ed Jan 2024
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My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Read more My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Louisa Dec 2023
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Love our therapist.
Heidi Dec 2023
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My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Read more My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Alexandria Mar 2021
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I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Read more I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Alexandria Jan 2021
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria is located off of Franconia Rd., just behind Oak Tree Plaza. We share a building with MRM Associates. Right next door to us is a MakeSpace, and the closest bus stop is at Franconia Rd. & Beulah St.

Phone number

(703) 454-8246

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • Portuguese
  • English
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