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
 

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 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
 

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 West Allis, WI

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
 

We are a practice specializing solely in psychosis and clinical high risk for psychosis using an evidence based CBT approach. Labels and specific diagnosis are irrelevant. We take a person centered, truly collaborative approach to help you overcome your distress and achieve your goals.On staff we have 5 psychologists, from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, in order that you can find a therapist that you are most comfortable working with.

— Sally E. Riggs, Psychologist in MANHATTAN, NY

I treat schizophrenia spectrum disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective), and substance induced psychosis.

— Valerie Akins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Allen, TX
 

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

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
 

We are a practice specializing solely in psychosis and clinical high risk for psychosis using an evidence based CBT approach. Labels and specific diagnosis are irrelevant. We take a person centered, truly collaborative approach to help you overcome your distress and achieve your goals.On staff we have 5 psychologists, from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, in order that you can find a therapist that you are most comfortable working with.

— Sally E. Riggs, Psychologist in MANHATTAN, NY

I have worked within residential treatment facilities housing individuals with severe mental health impairments and significant levels of psychotic symptoms. While private practice may not always be an appropriate level of care for individuals with psychosis, should you support someone with a diagnosis or have trauma due to exposure to severe mental health, our therapy would provide a space of understanding with direct experiences from severe mental health treatment.

— Alejandro Aguirre, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, 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 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