1st Edition

The Recovery of the Self in Psychosis
Contributions from Metacognitive and Mentalization Based Oriented Psychotherapy

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ISBN 9781138598218
June 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

The Recovery of the Self in Psychosis details specific therapeutic approaches as well as considering how treatments can be individually tailored and adapted to help persons whose mental health challenges may be either mild or more severe. By focusing on basic elements of the experiences of persons diagnosed with psychosis and exploring the broader meanings these experiences have, each of these treatments offers distinctive way to help persons define and manage their own recovery. The book includes measurable therapeutic processes, an empirically supported conceptual basis for understanding disturbances in self-experience and rich descriptions of the recovery process.

The Recovery of the Self in Psychosis moves beyond approaches which dictate what health is to persons with psychosis through education. It will be essential reading for all clinical psychologists and psychotherapists working with people diagnosed with psychosis.

Table of Contents

Hasson-Ohayon & Lysaker, The role of Metacognition and mentalization in the recovery of the self: introduction and overview. Salaminios & Debbané, Mentalizing oneself as a barrier to the emergence of psychotic disorders. Leonhardt & Vohs, Adapting Metacognitive Reflection Insight Therapy (MERIT) for Early Psychosis. Salvatore, Ottavi, Popolo & Dimaggio, The process of recovery of sense of self in the face of persecutory delusions and hostility. Ridenour, Psychotherapy with Delusions: A Mentalization-Based Perspective. Bargenquast, Schweitzer & O’Connor, The recovery of the sense self in the context of ongoing unresolved interpersonal conflicts. Buck, The recovery of sense of self in adults with psychosis in later stages of life: application of the MERIT. Roe, Lysaker, Hasson-Ohayon & Yanos, The recovery of the sense of self: overcoming self-stigma. McLeod & Gumley, The recovery of sense of self while coping with negative symptoms via integrative cognitive therapy. Hasson-Ohayon, Lavi, Igra & Roe, The recovery of the self through therapeutic alliance focused group therapy. Hamm, The recovery of the self while coping with psychosis and trauma. Korsbek, Co-recovery: The recovery of the self in a therapeutic process of mutual adapting. Lysaker & Hasson-Ohayon, Lessons from metacognitive and mentalization based psychotherapy: the ongoing process of recovery of the self.

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Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, PhD, is a rehabilitation psychologist and full professor of the department of psychology at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She studies different psychological aspects of coping with illnesses, especially serious mental illnesses and involved in practicing and supervising psychotherapy for over 20 years.

Paul H. Lysaker, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years of experience providing mental health treatment to adults diagnosed with serious mental illness. He has been active in clinical research for over 30 years and is an author of over 480 peer reviewed papers related to wellness and recovery from serious mental illness.


"About once every ten years there is a breakthrough in our approach to severe mental illness that can be categorically identified as significantly advancing psychotherapeutic approaches to these conditions. This book has the potential to change the way all those who work with SMI practice, making this challenging endeavour more fruitful and constructive. This is an excellent collection of practically oriented contributions by world leading clinicians of the metacognitive mentalizing approach." - Professor Peter Fonagy, OBE FMedSci FBA FAcSS; Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL, UK; Director, UCLPartners Mental Health and Behaviour Change Programme; Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families; National Clinical Advisor on Children’s Mental Health, NHS England/Improvement

"This is an essential read for anyone interested in facilitating the recovery of individuals with psychosis. It takes the concepts of metacognition and mentalization out of the lab and into actual clinical practice. Further, what I especially appreciate is that it puts the humanity and essence of being a person into the treatment of psychosis and conceptualizes recovery as more than remission of symptoms. Thus, it gives hope to both those who treat psychosis as well as those who experience it. I strongly recommend it for trainees and practicing clinicians." - David L. Penn, Ph.D., Linda Wagner Martin Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

"The Recovery of the Self in Psychosis: Contributions from Metacognitive and Mentalization Based Oriented Psychotherapy is a milestone in the direly needed promotion of psychotherapy for people with psychosis. A central message is that therapeutic interventions for psychosis must go beyond mere symptom reduction. Instead, the bottom line is to achieve recovery by fostering patients’ sense of agency, self-reflectivity, and by re-integrating their fragmented intersubjective experience. This timely volume covers a broad range of interdisciplinary psychotherapeutic approaches to psychosis – from constructivist to psychodynamic perspectives. It is essential reading for clinicians who want genuine improvement of their patients’ well-being." - Martin Brüne, Professor of Psychiatry, LWL University Hospital Bochum, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; author, Textbook of Evolutionary Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine; editor, The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Medicine