Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for psychosis

Who is this therapy for?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis is a talking therapy designed to help people experiencing a psychosis gain a better understanding of their mental health difficulty and new ways of coping with their psychological problems.  At the moment, CBT for Psychosis is mainly available for people attending the First Episode Psychosis programme and for those referred to Clinical Psychology services. 

How do I get this therapy?

Though discussion with you, your consultant psychiatrist or any member of your local mental health team can refer you, if appropriate, to the First Episode Psychosis programme or to the Clinical Psychologists working in your team. 

What does it involve?

In CBT for psychosis you will work with a therapist/psychologist to develop a shared understanding of the mental health difficulties you’re experiencing. Then, together, you will meet weekly or fortnightly to find new ways of coping with your mental health problems so that you can begin to accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself.  CBT for psychosis pays attention to the ways in which we interpret events that happen to us and allows us to learn how to re-evaluate or cope differently with the thoughts and feelings we deal with day to day. 

CBT for psychosis can be delivered in a “one to one” setting or sometimes through a group setting which will allow you, in a supportive and safe atmosphere, to meet and hear from other people who have similar mental health challenges. 

How long does it last?

The length of time will vary from person to person but it is usually between 10 and 20 individual sessions. The exact number of sessions depends on your individual circumstances and your needs. You will decide this together with the therapist/psychologist during the initial assessment period.

What days does it run?

Your therapist/psychologist will do their best to find a time that suits you and will arrange that with you following your initial assessment. The group programme, however will run on a set day and time.

Who provides this Therapy?

Typically it is the Clinical Psychologist on your team who’ll provide this intervention but in some areas, we also have other members of the team with additional training in CBTp who can provide this treatment. 

Is there a waiting list?

Waiting times vary depending on your area.