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

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

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 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

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

I have worked in the psychosis arena for 5 years and understand how this impacts people's lives.

— Daniel Gospodarek, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

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

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, Licensed 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 five years of experience providing mental health services to young people who have experienced their first episode of psychosis.

— Beatriz Garcia, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tustin, CA

Psychosis and Schizophrenia get awful representation in society and in media. We'll work together on learning how and why your brain does what it does, how to help it overcome its true challenge (spoiler: it's probably anxiety! Advanced and creative anxiety!), and how to help you move forward in life without being so strongly affected by the information and how you experience it.

— Stephanie Bloodworth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX

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'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