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STABILISE: Study of Therapy for Bipolar Inter-episode Symptoms

This study looks at a talking therapy programme for people with bipolar or cyclothymic disorder who are currently experiencing ongoing low mood or mood swings outside of major episodes of depression or mania. The therapy programme involves up to around 20 individual therapy sessions of behavioural therapy that has been specially designed to support people experiencing these ongoing symptoms. Each session will last around one hour, and home practices will be given between sessions. There are several additional “booster” session over 6 months after the therapy finishes. The sessions can be face-to-face, online or by phone.

In the first step (starting January 2023) we will offer the therapy to 12 people to see if it is acceptable, and to refine it. Everyone who takes part will be asked to complete questionnaires before, during and after treatment. At the end of therapy everyone will also be invited to take part in a more detailed interview to discuss their experiences of the study.

If you are interested in finding out more or taking part please contact the research team (details below). Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and will be used only by the research team, in order to contact you. Contacting the research team in no way commits you to taking part in either study.

The study is sponsored by the University of Exeter and is run in collaboration with Devon Partnership NHS Trust. It is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research.    

Research team

Study researcher (if you are interested in taking part):

Iona Cairns


Phone: 07929 784 737


The chief investigator on this study is Dr Kim Wright.

Her contact details are:

Mood Disorders Centre,
School of Psychology,
University of Exeter,
Exeter, EX4 4QG

Phone: 01392 725 227