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

I have 6 years of experience working with chronic severe mental illness in both outpatient and inpatient environments using evidence-based therapies. I highly value opportunities for educating folks in recovery about their symptoms, ways of maintaining both physical & emotional wellness, reducing stigma, and instilling the importance of peer connection. I am able to offer support with both sensitivity and compassionate thought challenging.

— Jessica Bertolino, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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 Milwaukee, WI

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.


I have extensive experience working with people diagnosed with schizophrenia or related disorders. Depending on your situation, you might be concerned that you or a loved one is struggling with schizophrenia and in this case, we would begin with a thorough diagnostic assessment for the presence of a psychotic disorder. I will work with you and your family based on the needs.

— Megan Pollock, Clinical Psychologist

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

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

8 years in inpatient recovery promoting stabilization, hope, living fully, and community re-entry.

— Rachel Thompson, Clinical Psychologist in Cincinnati, OH

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've worked with many individuals who at times, do not share my same reality. They may hear voices or have a sense that they are in danger. The harder we work to get rid of these symptoms, the stronger they can often become. Medications can often help turn down the volume so to speak but we will also work together on how to best manage your experience to minimize it's disruption to your daily life.

— Jessica Rafferty, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Arlington, MA