Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis, commonly referred to as CBT-p, is a specific type of talking treatment designed to help those experiencing delusions, hallucinations and disorganised thinking. The goal of CBT-p is to reduce the negative impact that these psychotic episodes can have on sufferers, changing the way that individuals react to them. As a practical therapeutic approach, our CBT-p therapy aims to help those struggling with psychosis to understand their hallucinations and delusions, and find effective ways of coping with them.
How Does CBT-p Work?
Developed as a more specific form of CBT, CBT-p follows similar principles of helping individuals to examine how their thoughts, attitudes and behaviours can impact on feelings and emotions. With CBT-p, the goal of our therapists is not to question the reality or existence of delusions and hallucinations, but instead to reduce the distress and impact they can have. The therapy aims to normalise these psychotic experiences, helping the person to accept them and make sense of their origin, in order to improve functioning.
What Problems Does CBT-p Help?
As a type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT is purposely designed to help those struggling with psychosis, or the loss of contact with reality. Common symptoms of psychosis are hallucinations, delusional thinking, and racing, disorganised thoughts – all of which can be extremely distressing for the person experiencing them, and for those around them. CBT-psychosis aims to help individuals with these symptoms to accept their existence and deal with them in a healthier way.
Here at Aguilera Psychology, we tailor our approach to suit individual client goals, sympathetic to the psychosis symptoms that each person experiences. Our accredited psychologist Kat Aguilera is a specialist in trauma therapy, and provides safe and an open space for clients to feel comfortable to talk during CBT-p. Whether you prefer online or in-person therapy for psychosis, our empathetic and collaborative therapeutic approach means that each individual can receive a range of coping strategies to help them to deal with psychotic experiences in the future.
To enquire about our CBT therapy for psychosis, or to learn more about our range of other therapies including Trauma-Focused CBT and EMDR therapy, contact us today for an initial consultation.