Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Treating Auditory Hallucinations

From theory to therapy

Edited by Mark Hayward, Clara Strauss, Simon McCarthy-Jones

© 2015 – Routledge

186 pages

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Hardback: 9780415640114
pub: 2014-08-19
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About the Book

This book draws on clinical research findings from the last three decades to offer a review of current psychological theories and therapeutic approaches to understanding and treating auditory hallucinations, addressing key methodological issues that need to be considered in evaluating interventions.

Mark Hayward, Clara Strauss and Simon McCarthy-Jones present a historical narrative on lessons learnt, the evolution of evidence bases, and an agenda for the future. The text also provides a critique of varying therapeutic techniques, enabling practice and treatment decisions to be grounded in a balanced view of differing approaches. Chapters cover topics including:

  • behavioural and coping approaches
  • cognitive models of voice hearing
  • the role of self-esteem and identity
  • acceptance-based and mindfulness approaches
  • interpersonal theory.

Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Treating Auditory Hallucinations brings together and evaluates diffuse literature in an accessible and objective manner, making it a valuable resource for clinical researchers and postgraduate students. It will also be of significant interest to academic and clinical psychologists working within the field of psychotic experiences.


'It is important to note that this richly documented and comprehensive book is based on specific theoretical and methodological options..Within these theoretical and methodological options, the book makes an excellent synthesis of “where we are now and where we are going”. It helps to reflect critically on our current knowledge and opens many tracks for future research. As there are only partial evidence-based results until now, doing research on these matters is the more fascinating.' - Professor Lony Schiltz, Head of Research Unit in Clinical Psychology, Hôpital Kirchberg, Psychosis

Table of Contents

Introduction Simon McCarthy-Jones, Clara Strauss and Mark Hayward 1. What Have We Learnt About the Phenomenology of Voice-Hearing? Simon McCarthy-Jones 2. What Have We Learnt from Behavioural and Coping Interventions for Voices? Neil Thomas, Georgie Paulik, Stephanie Louise, John Farhall and Mark Hayward 3. What Have We Learnt About Cognitive Appraisals of Voices? Clara Strauss 4. What Have We Learnt About Cognitive Appraisals of the Self? Katherine Berry and Sandra Bucci 5. What Have We Learnt About the Ability of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to Help with Voice-Hearing? Simon McCarthy-Jones, Neil Thomas, Guy Dodgson, Charles Fernyhough, Emilie Brotherhood, Gemma Wilson and Robert Dudley 6. What Have We Learnt About How to Capture and Measure the Outcomes of Psychological Therapies for Voices? Neil Thomas 7. What Have We Learnt About Relational Approaches for Voices? Mark Hayward and Georgie Paulik 8. What Have We Learnt About Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Distressing Voices? Clara Strauss 9. Psychological Approaches to Distressing Voices: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? Clara Strauss, Simon McCarthy-Jones and Mark Hayward

About the Editors

Mark Hayward is Director of Research at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex, UK.

Clara Strauss is a Clinical Research Fellow at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Sussex, UK.

Simon McCarthy-Jones is a Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Durham University, UK.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Schizophrenia