Elavating Client Care: Introducing Waverider’s New Pricing Plan

We are excited to announce a game-changing update at Waverider, one that we’ve been eager to share with our dedicated users for quite some time. We’ve listened to your feedback, and in response, we are launching a brand new pricing plan that offers greater flexibility and unprecedented value for money.

Try Waverider For Free – Forever

At Waverider, we believe in the power of our platform and the difference it can make in your lives. That’s why we are proud to introduce our ‘Basic Plan‘. This plan allows you to use Waverider with one client absolutely free of charge, indefinitely. We are confident that once you experience the difference Waverider can make, you’ll want to expand its use to all your clients.

Solo Provider Plan: More Clients, More Value

Maximize the benefits of Waverider by extending its use to your entire client base with our Solo Provider Plan. For just $15 per month, or $160 annually (saving you $20!), you can use Waverider with up to 30 clients. This plan provides unbeatable value for solo providers, allowing them to fully utilize Waverider’s powerful features for a larger client base.

Group Plan: Amplify Your Team’s Impact

Looking to expand Waverider’s powerful capabilities across your entire practice? We’ve got you covered. Our Group Plan is designed specifically for teams of up to five providers, enabling each member to use Waverider with up to 30 clients. This means that even larger practices can harness the full power of our platform.

Priced at $60 per month or $650 annually (saving you $70), the Group Plan offers significant value for practice. Just like our Solo Provider Plan, the Group Plan also includes access to our customisable symptom trackers, progress reports, and insights and correlations, amplifying your team’s potential for impactful client care.

Interested? We encourage you to get in touch with our team. We would love to discuss how the Group Plan can best serve your needs and help your group practice achieve its goals.

A Wealth of Features at Your Fingertips

No matter which plan you choose, all Waverider users will have access to our wide array of customizable symptom trackers. These tools allow you to keep tabs on various mental health indicators, helping you gain a deeper understanding of your clients’ wellbeing.

Moreover, you’ll have the ability to generate insightful progress reports. With these, you can track the effectiveness of different treatments and strategies, empowering you to provide the best possible care for your clients.

Last but not least, Waverider offers insights and correlations based on the data collected. This powerful feature allows you to identify patterns and trends that can inform your approach to client care. It’s just one more way that Waverider empowers you to make data-driven decisions that improve outcomes.

Sign Up Now and Experience the Waverider Difference

Our mission at Waverider has always been to provide tools that empower providers and improve client outcomes. We believe these new pricing plans continue to uphold that mission, offering unbeatable value for an unparalleled service.

There’s never been a better time to become part of the Waverider community. Sign up now to start experiencing the Waverider difference for yourself. Whether you’re just starting out with one client or you’re ready to expand your impact with up to 30, we have a plan to suit your needs. We can’t wait to welcome you aboard.

Marsha Linehan at 80: A Look Back at the Birth of DBT and its Impact on Mental Health Treatment

Marsha Linehan

As we celebrate Marsha Linehan’s 80th birthday, it’s a perfect opportunity to look back on her incredible contributions to the field of mental health, particularly her groundbreaking work in the development of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Here we will explore the origins of DBT, its evolution over the years, and its lasting impact on mental health treatment for individuals struggling with a variety of conditions.

The Birth of DBT

Marsha Linehan, a renowned psychologist and researcher, began developing DBT in the late 1970s and early 1980s in response to the limitations of existing treatments for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Linehan’s personal experience with mental health challenges fueled her passion for helping others, and she sought to create a therapy that was both effective and compassionate.

DBT is a therapy technique that emphasizes the importance of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Initially created to help those with BPD, DBT now treats a wide range of mental health conditions, including eating disorders, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Evolution of DBT

Over the years, DBT has evolved and expanded to address the needs of various populations. Numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing suicidal behavior, self-harm, and hospitalizations, as well as improving overall quality of life for those struggling with mental health issues.

Outside of a traditional one-to-one psychotherapy format, DBT has evolved to be very impactful in a group-based setting with the growth of DBT skills training. This teaches clients specific skills to enable them to better manage their emotions and navigate interpersonal relationships. Skills training has become an integral part of many DBT programs, providing practical tools for individuals to implement in their daily lives.

One of the other great benefits of DBT is its flexibility. DBT can easily be customized to provide optimized support to different age ranges or ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It can also be adapted to different settings including schools, prisons, and community mental health centers. This versatility makes DBT an indispensable therapeutic tool.

The Impact of DBT on Mental Health Treatment

DBT has had a profound impact on mental health treatment, providing a lifeline for many who have struggled with debilitating conditions. Its focus on the dialectic – balancing acceptance and change – has allowed individuals to both accept their current circumstances whilst working towards a more fulfilling life. This unique approach has set DBT apart from other therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) making it a vital resource for countless individuals.

DBT also continues to influence other therapeutic approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which have integrated elements of mindfulness and emotion regulation into their treatment frameworks.

Honoring Marsha Linehan’s Legacy With Waverider

Here at Waverider, we are proud to be honoring and furthering Marsha Linehan’s legacy. Waverider offers a comprehensive mental health solution rooted in DBT principles. Designed for providers, clients and their caregivers, Waverider offers customized symptom tracking, insights and patterns, psychoeducation, and skills training.

Through Waverider, users can gain a deeper understanding of their mental health while learning valuable DBT skills to improve emotional resilience and overall well-being. Providers and caregivers also benefit from the platform’s ability to track progress and monitor treatment outcomes, making it easier to tailor support and interventions to the unique needs of each individual.

By incorporating the principles of DBT, Waverider aims to provide a supportive and accessible resource for individuals seeking to improve their mental health, as well as a valuable tool for providers and caregivers dedicated to delivering effective care. Visit the Waverider today to learn more about how it can support you on your journey to emotional wellbeing.


As we celebrate Marsha Linehan’s 80th birthday, it’s essential to acknowledge the tremendous impact she has had on mental health treatment through the development of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT has evolved over the years to treat a wide range of mental health conditions and continues to influence the field in significant ways. With innovative tools like Waverider, Marsha Linehan’s pioneering vision continues to provide hope and healing for countless individuals.

The DEARMAN Strategy

Your Ultimate Guide to Effective Communication


Have you ever struggled to express your needs or desires clearly and effectively? Fear not, because the DEARMAN strategy is here to help you navigate the complexities of communication. This powerful tool, derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is designed to teach you how to assertively communicate your needs in any situation. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the DEARMAN strategy in depth, providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to master effective communication.

What is the DEARMAN Strategy?

DEARMAN is an acronym that represents a set of communication skills, standing for Describe, Express, Assert, Reinforce, (stay) Mindful, Appear Confident, and Negotiate. It is a method that helps you get your needs met in a balanced, assertive, and respectful manner. By following the DEARMAN strategy, you can improve your relationships, reduce conflicts, and boost your overall communication skills.

Let’s dive deeper into each component of the DEARMAN strategy.

1. Describe (D)

The first step in the DEARMAN strategy is to describe the situation objectively and factually. Stick to the facts and avoid subjective interpretations, judgments, or assumptions. This helps to set the stage for a clear and honest conversation.

Example: “When we agreed to split the household chores, you said you would take care of the dishes every night.”

2. Express (E)

Next, express your feelings and thoughts regarding the situation. Use “I” statements to emphasize your personal experience and minimize the chances of the other person becoming defensive.

Example: “I feel overwhelmed and stressed when I come home and see that the dishes are still in the sink.”

3. Assert (A)

Assertively communicate your needs or wants in the situation. Be clear, concise, and specific about what you need or want from the other person. Avoid being passive, aggressive, or passive-aggressive.

Example: “I need you to follow through on your commitment to do the dishes every night.”

4. Reinforce (R)

Reinforce why meeting your request is beneficial for both parties. This is an opportunity to explain the positive outcomes and encourage cooperation.

Example: “If you take care of the dishes, it will help us maintain a clean and stress-free environment, and we can enjoy our evenings together more.”

5. (Stay) Mindful (M)

During the conversation, stay mindful and focused on your goal. Avoid getting distracted or sidetracked by irrelevant issues or emotions. If the conversation drifts, gently bring it back to the topic at hand.

Example: If the other person tries to bring up unrelated issues, say, “I understand your concerns, but right now, I’d like to focus on our agreement about the dishes.”

6. Appear Confident (A)

Project confidence through your body language, tone of voice, and choice of words. This demonstrates that you believe in the validity of your request and expect a positive outcome.

Example: Maintain eye contact, speak clearly and assertively, and use confident body language.

7. Negotiate (N)

Finally, be open to negotiation and compromise. While you want to be assertive about your needs, it’s also essential to consider the other person’s perspective and work together to find a solution.

Example: “If doing the dishes every night is too much, can we discuss an alternative plan that works for both of us?”


The DEARMAN strategy offers a powerful framework for effective communication, enabling you to express your needs and desires assertively and respectfully. By implementing these principles, you can significantly enhance your communication skills, leading to healthier and more fulfilling relationships.

However, DEARMAN is just one aspect of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills. To fully harness the power of DBT, we highly recommend exploring Waverider, an excellent resource for learning and practicing a wide range of DBT techniques. With Waverider, you’ll be able to dive deeper into the world of DBT, gaining a broader understanding of how to manage emotions, improve interpersonal effectiveness, and foster mindfulness.

Start your journey to better communication and emotional well-being with Waverider today!

World Bipolar Day 2023

Why Raising Awareness Of Bipolar Disorder Remains Vital

At Waverider we have all had experience managing the challenges of bipolar disorder. We strongly believe that increasing awareness about this condition is crucial. On World Bipolar Day 2023, here are several reasons why boosting awareness for bipolar is of vital importance:

Understanding leads to early detection and treatment

Bipolar disorder is a complex condition, and the symptoms can be difficult to identify. By raising awareness, we can help individuals recognize the early warning signs and seek treatment sooner. With early intervention, individuals can manage their symptoms effectively and minimize the impact on their daily lives.

Reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness

Sadly, mental illness is still stigmatized in many parts of the world. By raising awareness, we can help break down the negative stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding bipolar disorder. People don’t choose to have bipolar disorder, it is a serious medical condition. When people understand this, individuals with the condition will be more likely to seek help, and they will feel more supported in their journey towards recovery

Promoting research and funding

Increased awareness of bipolar disorder will lead to more resources being allocated towards research, and it will help promote funding for scientific studies. This, in turn, can lead to more effective treatments and therapies, ultimately improving the lives of those who live with bipolar disorder.

Supporting caregivers and loved ones

Bipolar disorder doesn’t just affect the individual who has the condition, but it also affects the people around them. By raising awareness, we can help support caregivers and loved ones who may be struggling to understand the condition and provide effective support.

Encouraging dialogue and support

Lastly, raising awareness about bipolar disorder can lead to more open and honest conversations about mental health in general. When we talk openly about our experiences, we break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking help. This creates a culture of support and understanding that can help individuals with bipolar disorder feel less isolated and more empowered to manage their condition.

In conclusion

Raising awareness about bipolar disorder is vital, and World Bipolar Day 2023 is an excellent opportunity to do just that. By promoting understanding, reducing stigma, promoting research, supporting caregivers, and encouraging dialogue, we can help those with bipolar disorder live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Introducing the Waverider iOS App

Transforming Mental Health Tracking for Your Clients

A Whole New Waverider Experience

Waverider is proud to announce the release of our new iOS app, designed to make mental health tracking and management even more accessible and convenient for your clients. With this app, your clients can easily track their mental health and access their previous tracking on the go, ensuring more consistent and accurate insights, patterns, and, most importantly, progress.

App Features

We know that showing clients the progress they’re making is crucial to helping them stay motivated, and we’re excited to make this easier than ever with our new app. The Waverider app offers the same exceptional tracking and HIPAA-compliant experience as our web platform, with the added security and convenience of a native mobile experience. Clients can customize reminders as notifications, and all previous tracking is accessible on both the web and mobile app.

Spread The Word!

We highly encourage you to spread the word about the Waverider app among your clients! Please share this message and link with your clients to get them started on the app today:

“Hi! Waverider has launched a new app, and I’m excited to share it with you! Download the app on your iPhone and start tracking here

Empowering Your Clients

With this new app, your clients can bid farewell to the tediousness of manual tracking and hello to a seamless, user-friendly experience that will empower them to take their mental health management to the next level.

Thank you for partnering with Waverider to support individuals living with serious mental illness. Together, we can make a difference.

If you haven’t signed up for Waverider yet, sign up now!

DBT Symptom and Behavior Tracking

Finding patterns and other benefits of tracking

Symptom and behavior tracking is a key part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Using the dairy cards that support symptom and behavior tracking provides a host of benefits and improved outcomes for many in the mental health community. Yet there are challenges for both the clients and providers. So how do we overcome both?

Let’s start with the basics: What is a DBT Diary Card?

Marsha Linehan, the brilliant mind behind Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), created DBT diary cards. She designed them with the purpose of tracking clients’ symptoms and behaviors because of their complexity with the Borderline population she was working with.  

Diary Cards are a key component of DBT. These mood, behavior, and skills trackers, which are meant to be filled out daily, help demonstrate patterns and keep skills top of mind. A diary card is a paper – or app – where clients record what skills are used, rate different emotions, and track behaviors.

A DBT Diary Card includes symptoms such as depression, anxiety, anger, mood changes, impulsive behaviors such as substance use, sexual experiences, self-injury, and other important indicators such as sleep and appetite. Additionally, tracking can include reflecting on gratitude, positive experiences, and skills practice which helps clients think about the good stuff every day.

How can DBT Diary Cards help clients?

One of the major reasons we want clients to track symptoms and behaviors daily is for them to find insight into the changes they experience and how these changes relate to their mental health. For instance, if a client with bipolar charts daily and notices a change in their sleep patterns, they might also see this as a change in their mood episodes.

How can DBT Diary Cards help clinicians?

Many clinicians aren’t even aware of what symptom and behavioral tracking is and the benefits they bring to the therapeutic process.  As clinicians, how do we keep our clients motivated to maintain their daily tracking habits?

Clinicians also want to see the client’s symptoms and behaviors to understand the challenges they faced over the week. When we are able to see our client’s tracking we already know if they self injured, have had conflicts, or suicidal thoughts over that week and can target these things in our next session with them. Over time, we can also see trends: we can see cycles in mood episodes, trends of symptoms, and behaviors escalating or getting better over periods of time. These clinical insights can help us see whether our interventions are helpful and effective or if we might need to change strategies.

What are some challenges of DBT tracking?

Getting our clients to see these benefits and stay motivated in tracking their symptoms and behaviors is an obstacle, especially since Covid-19 hit. Key challenges include:

  • Time-consuming for clients
  • Giving handouts or sharing digital copies of diary sheets
  • Figuring out ways to keep the diary cards confidential and neat
  • Reminding clients, session after session, why tracking is important if they aren’t seeing much improvement
  • Some get frustrated due to poor time management, forgetfulness, or inconvenience
  • Can be a painful process to look over their day and remember what happened, especially if it was a rough day. 
Two solutions for more effective tracking:
  1. Create your own digital diary card: Add all of the information you want to track and share this virtually with your clients utilizing whatever HIPAA-compliant software you already use to keep your client’s information confidential. You can ask clients to set reminders on their phones to complete daily tracking in the evenings. This solution may not be very efficient or dependable in the long run.
  2. Use a tracker specially designed to help: There is a solution designed for clinicians to gather all the information they feel will benefit their client’s treatment and save time and energy spent motivating and reminding clients to log daily. Waverider allows clinicians to see tracking in real-time, as clients save tracking daily, and allows us to modify and tailor each diary card to each specific client’s needs easily. 

Whatever the situation, all clinicians and clients can benefit from tracking symptoms and behaviors that they want to treat in therapy. There are now many different options in how to approach this kind of tracking: print outs, digital sharing, or utilizing Waverider. Try out symptom and behavior tracking with your clients and see how it can benefit your practice and improve your session time with clients.

About the author: 

Alexandra Mejia is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in trauma, personality, mood, and anxiety disorders. She utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities such as CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Exposure therapy. Alexandra joined Waverider as a Clinical Advisor and has been instrumental representing the providers perspective. Her passion and commitment to helping clients work towards behavioral development goals has informed our thinking behind our behavioral tracker.

2022 Fall Conference Takeaways

9 takeaways related to DBT and mental health

By: Alexandra Mejia

It was wonderful to be back in-person with conferences again. Co-founder Lourica Halteh and I hit the ground running talking about Waverider to providers and researchers at ISITDBT and ABCT. We also took some time to soak up some of the great insights from peers in mental health.

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Here are the top nine highlights/insights I walked away with from these DBT and mental health conferences:
  1. In the true heart of DBT, we opened up with a Mindfulness meditation led by Wyneshia Hicks, LCSW-C. Bringing ourselves into a state of Wise Mind is always a good way to start anything. It was a good reminder to experiment with doing Mindful Yoga as a part of starting your day, a brief meditation to take space between the end of your work day and the start of “going” home (especially if you work from home), or even a practice of Mindful awareness prior to a big meeting.
  1. Dr. Sheftall provided new statistics on suicide rates among youth and disparities of growing suicide rates among youth of different ethnic groups.  She discussed concerns about the higher-than-average increase amongst African American youth in the last decade in comparison to other ethnic groups.
  1. Research on DBT training programs showed that there is a great need to bring more trainees of color into the fold.  
  1. DBT for adolescents with Bipolar disorder research showed that this population is at a greater risk for suicide and a greater need for DBT skills.  Discussions with adolescent providers showed a great need for digitally formatted DBT diary cards in this population.
  1. Dr. Daros presented findings on a trial of an online text-based DBT skills group.  He expressed a large dropout rate, (Waverider has seen similar trends with their earlier testing), but expressed that it could be a viable resource in the future.  Research is ongoing into this pathway to digital DBT.
  1. A workshop on dialectical dilemmas, led by Dr. Gold, explored how clinicians can work with clients’ resistance utilizing the change versus acceptance dilemma. Clients who understand dialectical dilemmas and work with them in sessions and in their daily lives are better able to find a sense of validation and come into a state of Wise Mind.
  1. The anti-racism discussion, led by Dr. Kamal expressed a greater need for clinicians to be mindful of their language and microaggressions around clients as well as other clinicians. Dr. Kamal presented examples of clinicians’ statements from her own personal and professional experiences that showed insensitivities among professionals around her. She described ways we can do better as clinicians in our language and behavior and ways in which we can better respond to racism and microaggressions in and outside of our practice.
  1. A workshop on phone coaching, led by Dr. Maliken discussed the importance of this strategy in DBT treatment. She expressed how much easier this strategy is than many clinicians recognize and how much more benefit it provides clients than might be expected.  
  1. A workshop led by Dr. Fitzpatrick described the need for incorporating intimate partners within DBT treatment. This can be done on an as-needed basis, by bringing the partner into some sessions or having DBT-style couples counseling sessions on a regular basis with both partners. There is a great need for partners and loved ones to also utilize DBT diary cards to get a fuller picture of clients’ needs and struggles, and a clearer picture of what goes on outside of therapy.  

As we scope out the future growth of Waverider, these insights help reinforce that we are on the right path. We believe in creating a tool to make DBT more accessible and easier to use in this digital environment. Feedback from our community fuels our development. If you have any suggestions or ideas for needs that Waverider can help shape, drop us a note at support@waverider.io

We look forward to talking to more members of our community across more conferences in 2023. 

About the author:

Alexandra Mejia is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in trauma, personality, mood, and anxiety disorders. She utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities such as CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Exposure therapy. Alexandra joined Waverider as a Clinical Advisor and has been instrumental representing the providers perspective. Her passion and commitment to helping clients work towards behavioral development goals has informed our thinking behind our behavioral tracker.

The Family Business of Managing Mental Health

Q&A with Waverider’s co-founders

Co-founders Lourica and Carla Halteh share their personal journey to build support for the bipolar and mental health community. Carla was diagnosed with bipolar at age 14 and Lourica has been by her side helping support her mental health journey. Together they launched Waverider, which offers digital diary cards rooted in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and is designed to support mental health providers and their clients.

Lourica and Carla Halteh

Tell us about the journey to start Waverider and provide digital diary cards…

Carla: Well, it all started to materialize when I was going through a manic episode with my bipolar disorder. I had ideas of helping others with the same or similar disorders before, and I was so invested and confident in this idea during that period. That’s when I reached out to my sister and she became just as invested with her own ideas. 

Lourica, how did you jump in?

When Carla first reached out to me about the project, the pandemic was hitting us all pretty hard. It felt like the perfect time to work on a digital platform for people living with bipolar disorder to get the help they needed. Living with bipolar is pretty isolating on its own but with the stay-at-home orders, it was only getting worse. 

How were you thinking of using a digital platform to support people with bipolar?

Lourica: I have always found it interesting that with bipolar disorder, the beginning of manic and depressive episodes are noticed by small changes in behavior. Our smartphones have such potential in helping us identify those specific behaviors. As a family, we were the ones to pick up on those changes, and together we would support Carla and try to help her get ahead of an episode. Not everyone has a support system that can do that for them. Creating a way to help people identify and understand triggers and patterns felt like a no-brainer as the foundational feature for our platform.

And where does the name Waverider come from?

A quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn inspired the name. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” For people living with bipolar disorder, those waves are a lot more aggressive and scarier than what most of us have to deal with. Waverider’s purpose is to help people living with bipolar disorder ride those waves by equipping them with tools and support to take control of their symptoms and live their lives uninterrupted. 

Carla, can you tell us a little bit about your background with bipolar?

Well, I started out initially being diagnosed with depression; but as time passed doctors realized that I had bipolar 1, which was a combination of both depressive (low) and manic (high) episodes. In my case, I was more prone to manic episodes, which could be quite damaging if not managed well. When manic, you tend to be overly confident, all over the place and prone to making mistakes. These mistakes can be as little as an awkward encounter with a random person, to life-altering mishaps with friends or family. Most, if not all, need damage control. So, I can easily say I lost people along the way and made a ton of mistakes that ultimately had to be faced head on. If I had a supportive tool to notice such escalating trends or correlations, I might have prevented past episodes. 

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Do you use Waverider’s digital diary cards in your treatment? What is that experience like?

Yes! I find it very useful in documenting my feelings and daily activities. Looking back at my history in Waverider, I am able to realize when things could escalate or could get worse. For instance, consistent sleep is important for managing bipolar so that alone can affect many areas of our lives. I can notice changes there and act accordingly.

Lourica, what have been some of the biggest challenges of being a caregiver for someone with bipolar?

The worst feeling is seeing someone you love struggling and knowing there is little you can do about it. 

One of the most challenging things to deal with is when Carla goes through a manic episode. When she is going through an intense manic episode, her behavior becomes erratic, easily irritable and out of her control. Not everyone understands that and it’s very hard to watch her go through it and see people react or turn her away because of it. We try to help minimize the effects of her mania on her life, but it takes a lot out of all of us. I want a way for us to be more prepared. With Waverider, I want to be able to help support not only those living with bipolar disorder but their family and friends who need help learning how to care for them.

Carla, how has your experience managing bipolar helped you shape Waverider?

For me, I suffered from bipolar since the age of 14 and always noticed my ups and downs but wasn’t sure what to do with myself. Luckily, this time around, I gathered all my thoughts and ideas, with the help of my amazing sister, we got together & realized that this kind of service would really help people like me document their thoughts and critical data to hopefully prevent relapses and similar scenarios. I am very lucky to have my sister  by my side from day one and she was very supportive in making this idea come to life. 

Lourica, what about from the family member’s perspective?

Well, I can never know what it is like to live with bipolar disorder and can only imagine it through the way Carla describes it. I know how it has affected our family, and it is a big part of all of our lives. As a kid, I didn’t know what was going on, and it was scary and confusing. I wished I knew more about it and what was happening to my sister. As the years have gone by, I have become more aware and more involved in her life. I want to know how I can help her and the rest of my family cope and live the best versions of our lives.

That’s how I think of Waverider. I want to create a better way to support Carla, as well as the rest of us, to manage the effects of bipolar together. That can be through tracking so Carla can have better self-awareness, integrating care so that all the right people managing treatment are working together, psycho-education and skills training for all of us to cope better, and access to a community of others going through the same thing. 

What is it like working on something you are both so personally invested in?

Carla: It feels really good and to have sisters working together in unison is a blessing.

Lourica: I spent most of my career in advertising, but I started feeling more and more detached from work. I lost my passion for the work because I didn’t feel good about what I was working on. As I got older and wiser, the work stopped aligning with my values. Having the opportunity to work on solving a personal problem as well as knowing that it could help many others is kind of a dream job. I feel very lucky and motivated.

Since neither of you has a professional behavioral health background, tell us how you shaped Waverider from a provider’s perspective?

Lourica: Waverider started with my sister and I but the first thing we did was find clinical advisors to help us build it. Carla has been in therapy all her life but was using it mostly as a support tool – talk therapy vs behavioral therapy. Once we did our research and found modalities that were evidence-based, like DBT, it changed everything. We realized that self-awareness of your unique symptoms and triggers is the first step in the work you do in therapy and that is where we started with the Waverider tracker. 

With the help of our advisors and ongoing research, we have a lot of features in our backlog that we are sure will continue to bring value to both therapists and their clients.

This family of cofounders continues to build out Waverider’s digital diary cards in connection with mental health providers and clients to support the mental health community. Interested in learning more?