How We Help
The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown. However, it is thought to occur due to genetics, alternations in neurotransmitters, and psychosocial factors. Our integrative approach to healing addresses all three variables. It utilizes talk-therapy, medications if needed, ketamine infusion therapy, mindfulness training, or transcranial magnetic stimulation. We do everything possible to help you reach health and balance.
“There’s an unlearning process,” said Dr. Brent Lawlis, Chief Clinical Officer at Alleviant Health Centers. “People with BPD have often grown up within a borderline family dynamic, so we look at environmental relationships to the other family members.”
Lawlis said he recommends books I Hate you, Don’t Leave Me, and Stop Walking On Eggshells. “Effective boundaries need to be set and though it might cause chaos in the beginning, in the end, tough love can be a big help,” he said.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) or group therapy is helpful because when you’re talking with peers who experience what you felt or thought it’s more relatable and there’s no feeling of being ‘targeted’,” Lawlis said.
Alleviant Health Centers offers medication management to treat the symptoms of BPD – to stabilize things or give patients a little time to think before they act impulsively.
Lawlis describes the insular cortex as the part of the brain that regulates, compassion and altruism – caring about human beings. “In real-time imaging, those parts of the brain don’t light up with someone with BPD. But it’s possible to change the brain to unlearn what you’ve learned,” he said.
Ketamine Infusion therapy is used during the depressive phase to ease the symptoms of depression and stimulate new neural growth, followed by talk therapy sessions to integrate emotional experiences and heal trauma.