Can you really see and help in the office or online? I hear this question far to often from clients (and from other therapists) and my answer is YES! And I have been for years with great success.
WHAT IS PSYCHOSIS?
When someone enters a state of mind that does not connect with reality, they may have entered a state of psychosis. Some of the primary signs of psychosis are hallucinations or delusions. Hallucinations occur when the senses perceive something that others may not be aware of and the brain is trying to send a message. Hallucinations come in many forms, including auditory, visual, and tactile hallucinations. Delusions are false thoughts or beliefs.
Psychosis is not its own condition. Instead, it appears as a symptom of other conditions. Some conditions, medical and psychological, that list psychosis as a primary symptom include:
Complex trauma, PTSD, and dissociative disorders are accepted to have trauma as a basis for the symptoms. Trauma results from experiences we are not prepared to handle at the time they happen. What if we viewed Psychosis and Schizophrenia the same way?
“Psychotic“ material does not need to be seen as the problem, but instead seen how a person is adapting to their dysfunctionally stored memories. Psychosis and associated behaviors are not without meaning, they just need to be heard and interpreted in a different way without the negative thoughts, emotions, and body sensations that have been attached and replayed over and over.
Through the use of EMDR and ongoing consultation with Dr. Paul Miller, author of EMDR therapy for Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses, I have had great success working with clients diagnosed with schizophrenia or psychosis.
I am part of an international group that collaborates and publishes on trauma based Psychosis and Schizophrenia. If you or a loved one would like more information, please contact me to schedule a free phone consultation to discuss how I may be able to help.
I'm happy to discuss your needs, and together we can determine if we are a good therapeutic match.