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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I have specialized training in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PSR) and utilize several evidence-based treatments to include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis, Illness Management and Recovery, and Social Skills Training.

— Kristen Strack, Clinical Psychologist in Seattle, WA

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
 

I have experience working with families/couples in which a family member or partner is experiencing psychosis or a schizophrenia diagnosis to work through managing symptoms.

— Madeline Trenholm, Therapist in , MN

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
 

I worked for 10 years at the state psychiatric hospital in Medical Lake, WA. Many of the patients there were chronically mentally ill and most suffered with some degree of psychosis.

— Shelley Lunn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane, WA

I specialize in treating young adults within their first episode of psychosis, often times after a recent hospitalization or as they begin to adjust to their life following a diagnosis. With this population, I understand the nuances of psychosis but also recognize they are still navigating the normal stressors of this age (college, family, relationships, etc). I also enjoy providing family therapy and education to families and loved ones of this population.

— Taylor Gautier, Clinical Social Worker in , TN
 

I specialize in treating young adults within their first episode of psychosis, often times after a recent hospitalization or as they begin to adjust to their life following a diagnosis. I enjoy working with this population, as I understand the nuances of psychosis but also recognize they are navigating the normal stressors of this age. I also enjoy providing family therapy and education to families and loved ones of this population.

— Taylor Gautier, Clinical Social Worker in , TN
 

I specialize in working with those who have both positive and negative symptoms. I am educated in psychotropic medication management and am available to advocate for proper care.

— Anna Abramyan, Clinical Social Worker in Olympia, WA

I am trained and certified in both the SCID (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders) and the SIPS (Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndromes) which help to clarify a diagnosis as well as to assess for psychic features that may be indicative of a psychotic disorder. The SCID can help to clarify a diagnosis while the SIPS will help us to hone in on what we call prodomal symptoms. One or both of these may be used in detecting fitness for this treatment.

— Kelly Pickering, Licensed Professional Counselor in bountiful, UT
 

I specialize in providing care and treatment to those diagnosed with chronic pervasive mental illness such as Schizophrenia/psychotic spectrum disorders, disorders of the personality, and neurocognitive disorders requiring long-term inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations.

— Jamie Newall, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I have worked within residential treatment facilities housing individuals with severe mental health impairments and significant levels of psychotic symptoms. While private practice may not always be an appropriate level of care for individuals with psychosis, should you support someone with a diagnosis or have trauma due to exposure to severe mental health, our therapy would provide a space of understanding with direct experiences from severe mental health treatment.

— Alejandro Aguirre, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, CA
 

I have significant experiencing working with a wide range of thought disorders ranging from schizophrenia, brief psychotic disorder, substance induced psychotic disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and thought driven personality disorders. This also relates to working with significant anxiety and stress and how the continued impact of chronic stress can change how we think about ourselves and the world arounds us.

— Jeremy Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rio Rancho, NM

In graduate school I researched the connection between trauma and psychosis. I created a treatment modality for treating first acute episodes of psychosis in adolescents. Utilizing the research of John Weir Perry and the theories of Carl Jung, my approach is non-pathologizing. I assist adolescents in understanding the connection to the themes in their delusions and hallucinations and their adverse life experience. By connecting the unconscious symbolism in the altered state experience into their conscious understanding, adolescents will be able to heal from their trauma and will be better able to develop coping skills to manage those experiences when they occur. I utilize mindfulness to assist them in developing skills to regulate their anxiety in response to the experiences. Combined this usually results in a decrease in symptoms.

— Allison Batty-Capps, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

For the past 4 years, I worked with this population. I have experience working with these individuals by providing access to community services. This includes medication management and compliance. I received evidence based training around effective therapy for this population.

— Ray of Hope Child Therapy Services Inc, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burlingame, CA