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 specialize in working with those who have both positive and negative symptoms. I am educated in psychotropic medication management and am available to advocate for proper care.

— Anna Abramyan, Clinical Social Worker in Olympia, WA

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

In my 3 years of working with clients with psychosis and schizophrenia disorders, utilizing grounding techniques, mindfulness exercises, and identifying triggers have been my biggest tools.

— Samantha Fitzgerald, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I hold a very soft spot in my heart for those who experience psychosis and schizophrenia. Chronic hospitalizations and the impact of institutionalization is harmful. Learning to manage symptoms, strengthening self-advocacy and autonomy, having unconditional support, along with harm reduction methods are crucial in preventing recidivism. I am also available for supportive case management and coordination of care with outpatient providers.

— Anna Abramyan, Clinical Social Worker in Olympia, WA

Experiencing psychosis can itself be a traumatic and isolating experience. I believe, and the literature demonstrates, that psychosis is often rooted in trauma, and in a way, a normal response to very abnormal and extreme situations. Our work can help you get a better understanding of what voice hearing, or what living with an entity inside you, might mean, and how to live with these experiences. People in my practice often find they can think more clearly, which they find relieving and helpful.

— Dr. Charlotte Rosenberg, Psychologist in Sacramento, CA