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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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

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 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

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 specialize in working with teens and young adults who have recently begun experiencing voices, visions, strange beliefs, and isolation, which may later be diagnosed as psychosis or schizophrenia. I am informed by the Hearing Voices and Open Dialogue approaches and believe that hearing voices and related experiences can be a natural part of life and can be managed and understood. In order to work with these experiences in private practice, clients must have an involved family support system.

— Cody Norris, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

I have been working with a variety of forms of psychosis as a clinician since 2003. I have served as an assistant program manager and a program manager for several agencies that serve individuals struggling with [psychotic disorders. I have also managed programs and specialized in working with young adults (18 to 25 years) who are at an age where they experience early symptoms of psychosis and need support in navigating what is occurring and if it will be a short term difficulty or lifelong.

— Catherine Keech, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I have 5 years of experience diagnosing and treating schizophrenia symptoms. I have helped clients better communicate about their experience(s), identify needed supports, and gain clarity in regards to their life values and goals. Past clients have learned how to make plans to best manage their symptoms through coping skills and medication management (if needed).

— Bradley Raburn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Boise, ID

I have over 10 years of experience providing therapy and case management to people experiencing psychosis (hearing voices, seeing visions, experiencing unusual thoughts). I bring understanding, compassion, and support for how to manage and cope with the distress, confusion, and stigma of this experience.

— Serena Wong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

Working with individuals that have Schizophrenia and Psychosis has been a huge chunk of my work as a clinician. I have a deep understanding of these disorders and I particularly enjoy working with this population. I love to help them learn new ways to cope with their symptoms and understand symptom maintenance.

— LaShanna Stephens, Licensed Professional Counselor in Macon, GA

Dr. Beasley has extensive experience treating psychosis across the life span. The earliest stages of psychosis present unique challenges for adolescents and young adults. People often struggle to make sense of a new diagnosis, figure out what’s real and what’s not, find their identities, navigate social relationships, deal with stigma, and maintain or re-enter work or school. Treatment can help manage symptoms, reduce distressing feelings, get back to work/school, and improve relationships.

— Rhianna Beasley, Clinical Psychologist in North Chesterfield, VA

Are you constantly questioning what is real or not? Is your reality terrorizing you? Do you struggle wit trust and relationships? You may not realize the toll psychosis can take on the mind, body or soul; but I do. Since 2013, I have experience providing recovery-oriented services to folks living with psychosis in outpatient and inpatient settings. I specialize in meeting people where they are at and helping them in their journey to live a meaningful life of their choosing.

— Crystal Randles, Clinical Social Worker

My training in psychosis began in graduate school and extended through my postdoctoral training where I completed a one year program specializing in the treatment of clients experiencing psychotic disorders. Importantly, my training and philosophy emphasizes a recover-oriented model. This means that you will be supported in establishing and achieving goals in your life despite experiencing difficult and distressing symptoms.


I enjoy working with clients experiencing psychosis by helping them become in touch with their authentic selves and guiding them with helpful tools that they use every day to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

— Cristhy Trejo, Counselor in Campbell, CA