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Can therapy be effective with psychosis?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of psychosis. Psychosis is a mental health condition that affects a person's ability to perceive reality, and it is often characterized by delusions and hallucinations.

Chadwick, Birchwood, and Trower published a book called Cognitive Therapy for Delusions, Voices, and Paranoia which has had a significant impact on the treatment of psychotic symptoms, but has also had an impact on my approach to psychosis as a registered counselling therapist candidate.

CBT for psychosis typically involves helping the person to identify and challenge their unhelpful beliefs and thought patterns. This can help them to develop more realistic and adaptive ways of thinking, which can in turn lead to improvements in their symptoms.

One of the key benefits of CBT for psychosis is that it can be used in combination with medication, which provides additional support and help to manage symptoms. It should be noted, that CBT is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and may not be effective for everyone.

Psychosis can be an isolating experience, symptoms can be very distressing and confusing, and can make it difficult for individuals to connect with others or engage in social activities. In addition, the stigma surrounding mental illness and psychosis can also contribute to feelings of isolation and shame. Connecting individuals with psychosis to recourses and support is critical to their recovery. Therapy is one way to connect an individual experiencing psychosis to support.

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