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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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

ometimes, extreme stress and emotions lead to experiences that that you are not certain are a part of reality. While these unusual experiences or thoughts have been unfairly judged by past mental health approaches, rest assured that these experiences will be approached with compassion and understanding. We can work together to develop strategies to help you stay more grounded in the present, and have the tools you need to cope with such thoughts or experiences when they do occur.

— Kassie Love, Addictions Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

Unusual thoughts and experiences may occur with a variety of conditions, stress, and emotions. While such experiences have been met with judgment in the past mental health field, rest assured that such experiences will be met with compassion and understanding in my treatment approach. I use research based methods, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and mindfulness to crate an evidence based approach. When desired, I can collaborate with prescribing providers.

— Kassie Love, Addictions Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

I have received specialized training in CBT for Psychosis. I have worked in community mental health, a psychiatric hospital, and a residential facility where individuals experience psychosis regularly. This approach is helpful for individuals who have some insight, support, and/or want to learn how to manage psychosis in more ways than just medication.

— Ta'Boris Osborne, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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

My experience working with psychosis and schizophrenia has expanded 7 years of my career. I have treated those who do well and need minimal help, as well as those whos intervention requirements are more acute.

— Ryan Rhodes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodland Park, CO

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