Talk therapy for early stage psychosis is focused on developing skills to help get and stay strong. It’s an opportunity to make sense of your experiences, and figure out what things get you back to the best version of yourself.
A range of therapies can help with psychosis, including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tailored for psychosis (CBTp): Helps change unhelpful perceptions by gaining awareness of the relationship of thinking patterns, feelings and behaviors.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): Helps build acceptance of things out of your control, and take action on the things that you can.
- Coping with Voices: For those who hear voices, some forms of therapy can help to quiet or manage them.
Sessions can be one-on-one with a psychologist, or in groups, and sometimes led by people with similar experiences. If you’re working with a comprehensive treatment team, talk therapy is often coupled with intensive case management, in which someone is responsible by helping you solve problems related to daily needs, school and work.
No matter the format, working with a therapist can be a powerful self care tool. Here are a few of our own personal experiences with finding help for psychosis: