Psychosis and Schizophrenia

The term psychosis covers a set of related conditions, of which schizophrenia is the most common. Psychosis symptoms include hallucinations, delusions (strongly believing things that aren’t true), confusion, racing thoughts, disorganized behavior, and catatonia. In order to receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a patient must first exhibit signs of psychosis.  However, schizophrenia often comes with many other symptoms, beyond psychosis, such as a loss of motivation, withdrawing from your life, feeling emotionless or flat, or struggling to complete the basic daily function of life (like showering). If you think you might be suffering from psychosis or schizophrenia, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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When symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, begin we can often recognize them as worrisome and questionable. As time passes, however, locked into this mind space of fearful questioning, these symptoms can progress and overtake in a debilitating way. With medication + therapy, one can learn the skills necessary to process and manage these thoughts and experiences, and with ample support it is completely possible to live a meaningful and fulfilling existence.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

In my practice I specialize solely in psychosis and clinical high risk for psychosis using an evidence based CBT approach. Labels and specific diagnosis are irrelevant. I take a person centered, truly collaborative approach to help you overcome your distress and achieve your goals.

— Sally E. Riggs, Psychologist in New York, NY

A person with psychosis has confusion about what is real, sometimes called a loss of contact with reality. Psychosis can disrupt thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for a person to differentiate between the reality they perceive and the shared reality of others. Psychosis is a key symptom of schizophrenia, but can also be caused by substance use or other disorders. It has the potential to be disabling, but can also be well-managed with proper therapy and medication.

— David Johnson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Mateo, CA

I have 6 years of experience working with chronic severe mental illness in both outpatient and inpatient environments using evidence-based therapies. I highly value opportunities for educating folks in recovery about their symptoms, ways of maintaining both physical & emotional wellness, reducing stigma, and instilling the importance of peer connection. I am able to offer support with both sensitivity and compassionate thought challenging.

— Jessica Bertolino, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have training in specific method of treating psychosis in which the individual works to translate what often manifests in delusion and hallucination into social projects that will address their concerns/complaints with society, and will allow them to find themselves a position with social life.

— Marisa Berwald, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

CBT adapted for psychosis helps the clients I work with that are experiencing delusions (ideas that are not true) and hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that no one else hears or sees) change the way they think about and responds to these experiences. The goal is to make them less distressing and less impairing in day-to-day life.

— Shemika Whiteside, Therapist in Louisville, KY

While working in the inpatient hospital at Willowbrooke at Tanner, I spent a majority of my internship experience on the acute unit. This is where I discovered my passion for working with clients who experience life while living with a psychotic disorder.

— Erika Stoll, Associate Professional Counselor in Carrollton, GA

Psychosis and Schizophrenia get awful representation in society and in media. We'll work together on learning how and why your brain does what it does, how to help it overcome its true challenge (spoiler: it's probably anxiety! Advanced and creative anxiety!), and how to help you move forward in life without being so strongly affected by the information and how you experience it.

— Stephanie Bloodworth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX

I have specialized training in CBT for psychosis and spent a significant portion of my early career in a coordinated specialty care program for first episode psychosis.

— Teresa Thompson, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I treat schizophrenia spectrum disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective), and substance induced psychosis.

— Valerie Akins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Allen, TX

I have been supporting individuals who experience extraordinary experiences to return to their center. for over 12 years. I have been trained in CBT for psychosis and in NAVIGATE: a comprehensive program designed to provide early and effective treatment to individuals who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.

— Lorraine McKenzie, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Eugene, OR

I have been working with psychotic spectrum disorders for the past 4 years. I tend to approach these conditions from a holistic platform, tailoring treatment to the client's cultural and personal perspective.

— Rebecca M. Rojas, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Coral Gables, FL

I have been working with people with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and other psychotic-spectrum disorders since my first undergraduate internship in 1993. I began my professional practice in 2003. I have worked in a variety of locations including group homes, community mental health centers, and private mental health clinics. I offer one-on-one and group therapy, as well as family therapy focused on how families can best support their loved one who has a psychotic disorder.

— Lisa Cowley, Clinical Psychologist in Saint Paul, MN

I have worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness for the last six years. The majority of my clients have schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or some sort of psychosis.

— Heather Bell, Clinical Social Worker in Clackamas, OR