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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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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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