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 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 Caldwell, ID

I have been working with psychotic spectrum disorders for the past 4 years. I tend to approach these conditions from a holistic platform, tailoring treatment to the client's cultural and personal perspective.

— Rebecca M. Rojas, Counselor in Coral Gables, FL

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

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

In graduate school I researched the connection between trauma and psychosis. I created a treatment modality for treating first acute episodes of psychosis in adolescents. Utilizing the research of John Weir Perry and the theories of Carl Jung, my approach is non-pathologizing. I assist adolescents in understanding the connection to the themes in their delusions and hallucinations and their adverse life experience. By connecting the unconscious symbolism in the altered state experience into their conscious understanding, adolescents will be able to heal from their trauma and will be better able to develop coping skills to manage those experiences when they occur. I utilize mindfulness to assist them in developing skills to regulate their anxiety in response to the experiences. Combined this usually results in a decrease in symptoms.

— Allison Batty-Capps, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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

For the past 4 years, I worked with this population. I have experience working with these individuals by providing access to community services. This includes medication management and compliance. I received evidence based training around effective therapy for this population.

— Tura Johnson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burlingame, CA

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

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 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 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

Sometimes we experience things that might not make sense to other people, or even ourselves. People with psychotic disorders often struggle with things like hearing voices, paranoia, thoughts that get all tangled up and other things that feel so strange. I have worked as part of a first episode psychosis team in the past and have strong training in approaches including CBT for psychosis to help with each of these and get you back to that Recovery from psychosis is 100% possible.

— Jennifer Gerlach, Therapist in Swansea, IL

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 Clackamas, OR

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

My training in psychosis began in graduate school and extended through my postdoctoral training where I completed a one year program specializing in the treatment of clients experiencing psychotic disorders. Importantly, my training and philosophy emphasizes a recover-oriented model. This means that you will be supported in establishing and achieving goals in your life despite experiencing difficult and distressing symptoms.


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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR