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 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

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

We are a practice specializing solely in psychosis and clinical high risk for psychosis using an evidence based CBT approach. Labels and specific diagnosis are irrelevant. We take a person centered, truly collaborative approach to help you overcome your distress and achieve your goals.On staff we have 5 psychologists, from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, in order that you can find a therapist that you are most comfortable working with.

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

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

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

Many people hear voices, see things others don't, or have unusual beliefs. It's only a problem when it makes your life hard. What is labeled schizophrenia can be a brilliant response to trauma, a spiritual sensitivity needing a container, or....? It is for you to find your own meaning. I would be honored to support you on this path.

— Grace Silvia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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

Sometimes we experience things that might not make sense to other people, or even ourselves. People with psychotic disorders often struggle with things like hearing voices, paranoia, thoughts that get all tangled up and other things that feel so strange. I have worked as part of a first episode psychosis team in the past and have strong training in approaches including CBT for psychosis to help with each of these and get you back to that Recovery from psychosis is 100% possible.

— JENNIFER GERLACH, Therapist in Swansea, IL

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 Hillsboro, OR

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

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

Living with psychosis well is something I care deeply about. 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

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

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

I've worked with many individuals who at times, do not share my same reality. They may hear voices or have a sense that they are in danger. The harder we work to get rid of these symptoms, the stronger they can often become. Medications can often help turn down the volume so to speak but we will also work together on how to best manage your experience to minimize it's disruption to your daily life.

— Jessica Rafferty, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Arlington, MA