Psychotherapy in an ongoing, or as needed, basis is an extremely powerful tool to help people move forward in their lives and their recovery. As it relates to bipolar disorder, there are a number of additional benefits to maintaining a relationship with a therapist or counselor.
If someone is recovering from depression, psychotherapy, of varying forms, can speed up recovery. If someone is experiencing early signs of a mood swing or relapse these can be explored in the therapy session and interventions put in place to prevent it from developing further. If someone is struggling with taking his medication, this can become a focus of therapy, and all of the feelings, emotions and beliefs that underlie the complex behaviors involved with taking daily medications can be worked through.
Therapy can also help someone deal with the emotional aftermath of a mood episode, especially a manic or mixed one, in which impulsive behaviors may have damaged relationships, personal reputation, employment, or finances, or gotten the person into legal trouble.