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 specialize in working with teens and young adults who have recently begun experiencing voices, visions, strange beliefs, and isolation, which may later be diagnosed as psychosis or schizophrenia. I am informed by the Hearing Voices and Open Dialogue approaches and believe that hearing voices and related experiences can be a natural part of life and can be managed and understood. In order to work with these experiences in private practice, clients must have an involved family support system.

— Cody Norris, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA
 

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

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
 

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

I enjoy working with clients experiencing psychosis by helping them become in touch with their authentic selves and guiding them with helpful tools that they use every day to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

— Cristhy Trejo, Counselor in Campbell, CA
 

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

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 in Hillsboro, OR
 

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 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
 

I enjoy working with clients experiencing psychosis by helping them become in touch with their authentic selves and guiding them with helpful tools that they use every day to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

— Cristhy Trejo, Counselor in Campbell, 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
 

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

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