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.

Meet the specialists

I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy for psychosis and 5 years of experience working individually with clients who experience voices, visions, uncommon beliefs and/or altered states. Last year I attended the World Hearing Voices Congress which further built on my understanding of these issues. I am a trained Hearing Voices Group Facilitator and have 5 years experience facilitating support groups and am currently creating a workshop that will hopefully be beneficial to professionals, experiencers, and their supports. I am an active member of the International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis - United States (ISPS-US).

— Matthew Wolfe, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I first began working with severe mental illnesses 6 years ago and consider it to be a foundation of my practice.

— Liberty McClead, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sharpsburg, GA

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 Vancouver, WA

Many people hear voices, see things others don't, or have unusual beliefs. It's only a problem when it makes your life hard. What is labeled schizophrenia can be a brilliant response to trauma, a spiritual sensitivity needing a container, or....? It is for you to find your own meaning. I would be honored to support you on this path.

— Grace Silvia, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

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, Counselor in Macon, GA