Psychosis can be associated with a variety of mental health problems, including
schizophrenia, severe depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress
disorders. While traditional treatments for psychosis have emphasized medication-based
strategies, evidence now suggests that individuals affected by psychosis can greatly
benefit from psychotherapy.
Treating Psychosis is an evidence-based treatment guide for mental health professionals
working with individuals affected by psychosis. Using a cognitive behavioural therapy
(CBT) approach that incorporates acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT),
compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and mindfulness approaches, this book is invaluable in
helping clinicians develop effective treatment for clients affected by psychosis. The
guide provides session-by-session clinical interventions for use in individual or group
treatment on an inpatient, outpatient, or community basis.
The book features 40 reproducible clinical practice forms and a companion website with
additional downloadable clinical forms and tools, guided exercises, case examples, and
resources. The therapeutic approaches presented are rooted in theory and research, and
informed by extensive clinical experience working with client populations affected by
psychosis. The approaches outlined in this book offer clinicians and clients the
opportunity to partner in developing therapeutic strategies for problematic symptoms to
enable those affected by psychosis to work toward valued goals and ultimately live more
This guide emphasizes a compassionate, de-stigmatizing approach that integrates
empowering and strengths-oriented methods that place the client's values and goals at the
center of any therapeutic intervention.
About the Author:
Nicola P. Wright, PhD, CPsych, is a clinical psychologist in the schizophrenia program of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (ROHCG), as well as former chief of psychology of the ROHCG, and former director of training for the ROHCG Psychology Residency Program. She engages in individual and group therapy integrating acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and compassion focused approaches in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for people who experience psychosis. Wright is a clinical professor in the psychology department at The University of Ottawa, and a lecturer with the school of medicine at The University of Ottawa. In addition, she has been an active staff supervisor with the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research. She was former president of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs, and served on both the accreditation, and the education and training committees of the Canadian Psychological Association. She is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Wright is the principle investigator of two University of Ottawa medical research fund grants on group cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp). She conducts training workshops and presents internationally on integrating compassion, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment based approaches in CBTp. Wright believes passionately in an empowering approach to working with those who experience psychosis. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.
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Owen Kelly, PhD, graduated from Carleton University with a specialization in behavioral neuroscience and completed a post doctoral re specialization in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University. He is a clinical psychologist at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group anxiety disorders program, as well as the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where he is in private practice. He is currently an adjunct research professor in the department of neuroscience, and lecturer in the department of psychology at Carleton University. Prior to undertaking his clinical work he was a scientist at the University of Ottawa, Institute of Mental Health Research. His professional and clinical interests include provision of both individual and group cognitive behavior therapy. Kelly’s research has focused primarily on appraisal and coping processes as well as outcomes related to cognitive behavioral interventions for psychosis. Kelly resides in Ottawa, Canada.
Dave Davies, PhD, CPsych, received his doctorate in psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He is a clinical psychologist at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (ROHCG) anxiety disorders program, director of training for the ROHCG psychology residency program, clinical professor in the school of psychology at the University of Ottawa, and lecturer in the department of psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Davies is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He currently holds two research grants with the University of Ottawa’s medical research fund (on group CBT for Voices and a virtual reality intervention for Social Anxiety). His professional interests include: the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals who experience anxiety disorders and related conditions; the development and evaluation of group based treatment approaches for anxiety and psychosis; and the education and supervision of fellows, residents, and students in the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy. Davies lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Andrew M. Jacobs, PsyD, CPsych, received his PsyD in clinical psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology: College of William & Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in anxiety disorders at McMaster University / St