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 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 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 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 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 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 provide evidence-based psychotherapy that draws on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis, Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I work from a recovery framework that highlights the ability of all people to attain a meaningful and successful life.

— Scot Seitz, Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

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
 

Psychosis is a break from reality which can be hard to understand, but I have worked with this population for a long time and I have a great appreciation for thought processes.

— Hava Jarosz, Therapist in Baltimore, MD

I have extensive experience working with people diagnosed with schizophrenia or related disorders. Depending on your situation, you might be concerned that you or a loved one is struggling with schizophrenia and in this case, we would begin with a thorough diagnostic assessment for the presence of a psychotic disorder. I will work with you and your family based on the needs.

— Megan Pollock, Clinical Psychologist
 

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

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 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

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 5 years experience working with psychotic dual diagnosis clients through community mental health. I have experience doing crisis work.

— Cecilia Navarro, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, CA

Experiences often labeled as psychosis or schizophrenia might include distressing voice hearing, disturbing visual imagery, unpleasant tactile experiences, withdrawal from relationships or activities you normally enjoy, difficulty thinking, and unusual beliefs that scare you. People who hear voices have a variety of experiences including hearing comforting or helpful voices. My goal is to assist you to find relief from distress, not to pathologize you or change things that work for you.

— Colleen Donaldson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Milwaukee, WI