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Personal Experiences of Psychological Therapy for Psychosis and Related Experiences

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Taylor, Olympia Gianfrancesco, Naomi Fisher


200 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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For those struggling with experiences of psychosis, therapy can be beneficial and even life changing. However, there is no single type of therapy, and a great range and diversity of therapeutic approaches have been developed to help different individuals’ needs, which makes deciding which approach is most helpful for an individual not a straightforward choice. Personal Experiences of Psychological Therapy for Psychosis and Related Experiences uniquelypresents personal accounts of those who have received therapy for psychosis alongside professional clinical commentary on these therapies, giving multiple perspectives on what they involve and how they work.

Presented in a clear and accessible way, each chapter includes accounts of a variety of different therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma-focused therapy, open dialogue, and systemic family therapy. The reader is encouraged to explore not only the clinical basis for these therapies but also understand what the treatments mean for the person experiencing them, as well as their challenges and limitations. The book also explores the importance of the individual’s relationship with the therapist. As a whole, the perspectives presented here provide unique insight into a range of widely used psychological therapies for psychosis.

With its special combination of personal experiences and concise introductions to different therapies, this book offers a valuable resource for academics and students of psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, mental health care and mental health nursing. It will also be essential reading for those considering treatment, their friends and families, as well as mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and nurses.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Brief Biographies of All Contributors; Chapter 1: Introduction to the Book, Peter Taylor and Olympia Gianfrancesco; Chapter 2: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Yarburgh and Peter Taylor; Chapter 3: Systemic Family Therapy, Zara Zaks and Pekka Borchers; Chapter 4: Care Co-ordination, Junaid Sarwar, Siobhain Koch and James Kelly; Chapter 5; Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Alex and Claire Seddon; Chapter 6: Trauma-Focused Therapy using cognitive-behavioural and EMDR approaches, Rebecca, Joanna Ward-Brown and David Keane; Chapter 7: Psychodynamic Therapy, Paul-Newell Reaves and Alison Summers; Chapter 8: Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mystic Leaf and Jon Crossely; Chapter 9: Open Dialogue, Nick Hayes and Niklas Granö; Chapter 10: Person-Centred Therapy, Jules Haley and Peter Chatalos; Chapter 11: The Relationship with the Therapist, Annie Blake, Amanda Larkin and Peter Taylor; Chapter 12: Conclusion, Peter Taylor and Naomi Fisher.

About the Editors

Peter Taylor is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Manchester, UK. His research includes a focus on interventions and therapy for those with experiences of psychosis as well as better understanding the causes of self-harm and suicide.

Olympia Gianfrancesco is an ‘expert by experience’ in psychosis, and has given talks about her experiences at conferences and on university courses. During her PhD, she researched the interaction between genes and environment in the context of psychosis. Olympia now works as a researcher in genetics at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Naomi Fisher is a lecturer of mental health at the University of Lancaster, UK. Her research focuses on better understanding and reducing mental distress, and involves working closely alongside those affected by mental health difficulties in order to co-develop ways to promote mental health and wellbeing.

About the Series

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) has a history stretching back more than five decades, during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. This tide has been turning in recent years and there is growing international interest in a range of psychological, social and cultural factors that have considerable explanatory traction and distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly exploring interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard practitioners skilled in psychological therapies as an essential component of the care of people with psychosis.

A global society active in at least twenty countries, ISPS is composed of a diverse range of individuals, networks and institutional members. Key to its ethos is that individuals with personal experience of psychosis, and their families and friends, are fully involved alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this collaboration.

ISPS’s core aim is to promote psychological and social approaches to understanding and treating psychosis. Recognising the humanitarian and therapeutic potential of these perspectives, ISPS embraces a wide spectrum of therapeutic approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies, to need-adapted and dialogical approaches, family and group therapies and residential therapeutic communities. A further ambition is to draw together diverse viewpoints on psychosis and to foster discussion and debate across the biomedical and social sciences, including establishing meaningful dialogue with practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. Such discussion is now increasingly supported by empirical evidence of the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment especially in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.

Ways in which ISPS pursues its aims include international and national conferences, real and virtual networks, and publication of the journal Psychosis. The book series is intended to complement these activities by providing a resource for those wanting to consider aspects of psychosis in detail. It now also includes a monograph strand primarily targeted at academics. Central to both strands is the combination of rigorous, in-depth intellectual content and accessibility to a wide range of readers. We aim for the series to be a resource for mental health professionals of all disciplines, for those developing and implementing policy, for academics in the social and clinical sciences, and for people whose interest in psychosis stems from personal or family experience. We hope that the book series will help challenge excessively biological ways of conceptualising and treating psychosis through the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas and by fostering new interdisciplinary dialogues and perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Schizophrenia
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health