About CBT for Psychosis

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” that has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health and behavioral issues. It provides clients with a number of skills to cope with distress as well as change maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is a specialized form of CBT that is designed for working with clients who experience psychosis.

A common misconception is that psychosis is a condition treated only with medication. In fact, CBTp has been shown to be effective in studies that go back over 20 years. During a course of CBTp treatment, a clinician works with a client experiencing psychosis to help them cope with upsetting symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions; process their diagnosis; and improve skills like organization and reality-testing, which may become impaired after a psychotic episode.

Despite its proven effectiveness, CBTp remains an under-provided resource to patients experiencing psychosis, likely because only a small number of licensed mental health professionals have been trained in it. We hope to provide resources here that empower patients, families, and clinicians alike to learn more about what CBTp has to offer.