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Bipolar Disorder

Private bipolar treatment, support and therapy in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

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Bipolar disorder, also known simply as 'bipolar', is a mental health condition that affects an individual's mood, energy level, and behaviour.

People with bipolar disorder experience alternating periods of extreme highs known as mania or hypomania and extreme lows known as depression.

What is bipolar disorder?

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options for individuals living with bipolar disorder. Our bipolar therapy is tailored to the specific needs of each patient and is designed to help individuals stabilise their mood, manage their symptoms, and achieve a better quality of life.

There are three primary types of bipolar disorder: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and Cyclothymic disorder.

  • Bipolar I - Bipolar I disorder is the most severe form of bipolar disorder. It is defined by the occurrence of at least one manic episode, which is a period of elevated or irritable mood, increased energy, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, and impulsive behaviour. Treatment for bipolar I disorder typically involves a combination of medication, bipolar therapy, and lifestyle changes.

  • Bipolar II - Bipolar II disorder is a less severe form of bipolar disorder. It is characterised by the occurrence of at least one hypomanic episode and at least one major depressive episode. Hypomania is a milder form of mania, with similar symptoms but to a lesser degree. Treatment for bipolar II disorder is similar to that for bipolar I disorder, with medication being the most common form of treatment along with bipolar therapy and counselling.

  • Cyclothymia - Cyclothymic disorder is a milder form of bipolar disorder. Symptoms are less severe than those associated with bipolar I or II disorder, but can still interfere with a person's ability to function effectively. Treatment for cyclothymic disorder often involves a combination of medication, therapy and bipolar counselling.

Does Bipolar counselling prove effective?

Bipolar disorder can often have a profound impact on an individual's life. While there are a variety of treatments available, including medications and psychotherapy, many individuals with bipolar disorder seek counselling as a form of treatment.

The goal of bipolar counselling at our private London outpatient clinic is to help individuals better understand their condition, manage their symptoms, and improve their overall quality of life.

While the effectiveness of bipolar counselling may vary from person to person, research has shown that it can be highly effective for many individuals. Studies have found that counselling can help improve mood stability, reduce the frequency and severity of bipolar episodes, and enhance overall mental health and well-being.

By working with our highly skilled team of bipolar therapists in London and developing personalised coping strategies, many individuals we've treated with bipolar disorder have been able to successfully manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

Get in touch with our team at our London mental health clinic for specialised bipolar treatment

If you're looking for bipolar support, please reach out to our caring team in London today. We have appointments available in as little as 24 hours so you can begin treatment with minimal wait.

To access private treatment as swiftly as possible, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire at any time to suit you.

How much does bipolar treatment cost?

The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

How do you diagnose bipolar disorder?

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we understand that seeking a diagnosis for bipolar disorder can be a daunting process. Our team of psychiatrists and psychologists are here to support you every step of the way.

Our approach to diagnosis is tailored to each individual's needs. We understand that bipolar disorder presents differently for every person and a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn't work. We take a detailed approach, looking at your medical history, symptoms, and personal circumstances to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

One of the things that sets us apart is our emphasis on collaboration. We work in a multidisciplinary team with a variety of professionals involved in your care to ensure we have a comprehensive understanding of your needs.

Our specialists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea evaluate the pattern of symptoms and how much they interfere with your life during the most severe episodes to determine what form of bipolar disorder you may have. The most successful course of bipolar therapy can be determined in large part by the accurate diagnosis.

From there, we develop a personalised treatment plan that is both effective and achievable.

Our approach is founded on evidence-based practices. We use the latest tools and technologies to ensure that you receive the best possible care. And, with over 37 years of experience in treating mental health conditions like bipolar disorder, you can trust that you are in the best possible hands.

If you are unsure about your condition or are seeking an initial diagnosis, we urge you to reach out. Our team is here to support you and provide reassurance during what can be a difficult time. We know that a diagnosis can be a turning point in your life, but it doesn't have to define you. With the right treatment, you can take control of your health and live a fulfilling life.

Contact us today to learn more about our approach to diagnosing bipolar disorder and how we can help you.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Treatment options for bipolar disorder in London

Bipolar disorder is a complex condition that requires specialised treatment and care. At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we provide comprehensive and individualised care through bipolar therapy and counselling.

If you or a loved one is living with bipolar disorder, we encourage you to seek help from our team of mental health specialists, who will work with you towards a brighter future.

The treatment options available for bipolar disorder include medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. Bipolar therapy and counselling are the most effective treatment modalities for this condition and form the cornerstone of our bipolar disorder treatment therapy at Schoen Clinic Chelsea.

Our experienced bipolar therapists use evidence-based techniques, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, and family therapy, to help individuals manage their symptoms, improve their mood, and enhance their quality of life.

Treatment timelines for bipolar disorder are highly individualised and depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of symptoms, the individual's response to treatment, and the presence of other medical or psychiatric conditions.

  • Mania episodes associated with bipolar disorder can continue anywhere from three to six months if a person is not treated.

  • Depression episodes typically persist longer, between six and twelve months. However, with effective therapy, episodes typically subside in about three months.

It's important to remember that bipolar is a chronic illness, meaning it will never fully go away. The goal of bipolar treatment is to control symptoms and return your quality of life.

Even when you feel better, bipolar disorder has to be treated with medication for the rest of your life. People who forego maintenance therapy run the risk of experiencing a recurrence of their symptoms or of having mild mood swings develop into major depression or mania.

Despite the efficacy of bipolar therapy, there may be some risks involved in treatment, such as side effects of medication or emotional discomfort during therapy sessions. Our mental health professionals at Schoen Clinic Chelsea will guide you through the treatment process, addressing any concerns you may have and helping you achieve the best possible outcome.

The majority of bipolar disorder sufferers can be helped by combining several therapies. Medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modifications are some of them.

At our award-winning mental health clinic in London, our specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team to support you in achieving the best possible outcome from treatment. Consultant Psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, and social workers might be on your treatment team.

It's important to remember that bipolar is a chronic illness, meaning it will never fully go away. The goal of bipolar treatment is to control symptoms and return your quality of life.

Medication can support bipolar therapy and counselling

Medication is most likely going to be a part of your treatment strategy if you have bipolar disorder. Once your mood has stabilised, medication can help moderate mania and depression while also preventing relapse. Long-term bipolar medication use might not appeal to you, especially if you are experiencing unpleasant side effects. But taking medicine for bipolar disorder can help you keep a stable mood, just as a diabetic requires insulin to stay healthy.

Working closely with a doctor and routinely reviewing your medication is crucial because finding the proper medication and dosage can be challenging.

It's essential to keep in mind that participating in a good bipolar treatment programme involves more than just taking medication though.

You can also often reduce the dosage of medicine needed by managing your symptoms with a variety of additional steps. Specialist bipolar therapy and bipolar counselling in conjunction with medication can help sufferers to live full and productive lives.

Our bipolar therapists in London help individuals to do this by showing them how to make healthy lifestyle adjustments and teaching them self-help coping mechanisms through various psychological bipolar therapies.

Specialist therapies for bipolar disorder in London

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and psychoeducation are essential tools in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment that focuses on altering negative thought patterns and behaviours that may exacerbate symptoms of bipolar disorder. CBT as a form of bipolar therapy also addresses emotional regulation and problem-solving strategies for coping with the illness. This type of bipolar therapy provides structured sessions that help people with bipolar disorder understand how their thoughts and behaviours can impact their moods. By recognising triggers and patterns, individuals can develop practical skills to prevent mood episodes from escalating and thus better manage their condition.

Psychoeducation is another important tool used in the treatment of bipolar disorder. It involves educating patients on the nature of the illness, treatment options, and the importance of medication adherence. Psychoeducation also addresses lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and sleep that may impact the severity of symptoms. The therapy aims to reduce symptoms, improve the quality of life and manage comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

Meet our bipolar disorder specialists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our experienced team of clinical psychologists and psychiatrists use a combination of evidence-based treatments such as CBT and psychoeducation to tailor a treatment plan that works for each individual.

Our goal is to empower our patients with the skills and knowledge needed to manage their condition successfully. The combination of these treatments, in partnership with bipolar counselling with our specialists, helps reduce symptom severity, prevent relapse, and improve patients' overall quality of life.

Learn more about the team, or get in touch to book an appointment with your chosen specialist below.

Dr James Woolley

Consultant Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr James Woolley

Dr Greg Shields

Consultant Psychiatrist and Cancer Specialist Psychiatrist

Dr Greg Shields

Dr Daniel Masud

Consultant General & Addictions Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr Daniel Masud

Dr Katherine Coutsoudis

Chartered Psychologist

Dr Katherine Coutsoudis

Dr Tara Tofiq

Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Tara Tofiq

Dr Divina Pillay

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Divina Pillay

Dr Werner Kierski


Dr Werner Kierski

Dr Lorena Dumitrache

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lorena Dumitrache

Dr Margherita Tanzarella

Consultant Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr Margherita Tanzarella

Dr Gil Myers

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Gil Myers

Jahanara Khatun

Counselling Psychologist

Jahanara Khatun

Dr Adrienne Key

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Adrienne Key

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