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Schizophrenia - Counseling and Therapy

Counseling and therapy are important parts of treatment. You will work with a mental health professional such as a psychologist, a licensed professional counselor, a clinical social worker, or a psychiatrist.

Find a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with. A good therapist not only provides help but gives you support and encouragement. If you don't feel good about working with one doctor or therapist, try another one.

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Schizophrenia Resources

This government agency web site will let you access general information on schizophrenia as well as news and research updates. This link will take you to the web site. National Institute of Mental Health  

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Here are some types of therapy that may help:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapyCognitive-behavioral therapy helps you to:
    • Change the way you think about things.
    • Understand why it's important to prevent a relapse and take steps to do so.
  • CounselingCounseling can take place one-on-one or in a group setting.
    • It helps you improve your relationships, deal with your symptoms, and meet your goals.
    • Group counseling also helps you make friends and learn social skills.
  • Family therapyFamily therapy is a type of counseling that helps you and your family work out problems when they occur.
    • It usually includes education about schizophrenia and its treatment.
    • It's important, because your family can play a large role in supporting you if you have schizophrenia.

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Last Updated: August 31, 2012
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