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

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
 

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

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 been working with a variety of forms of psychosis as a clinician since 2003. I have served as an assistant program manager and a program manager for several agencies that serve individuals struggling with [psychotic disorders. I have also managed programs and specialized in working with young adults (18 to 25 years) who are at an age where they experience early symptoms of psychosis and need support in navigating what is occurring and if it will be a short term difficulty or lifelong.

— Catherine Keech, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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
 

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 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
 

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.

— KELLY ANDERSON, Psychologist in SAN DIEGO, CA

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 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

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
 

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