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

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

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

20+ years of experience in working with people living in the community with thought disorders. trained in CBT for psychosis and IMR (illness management and recovery).

— Maggie Johnson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in North Branch, MN

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 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

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.


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

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

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