Early Psychosis

Early psychosis refers to the onset of psychotic symptoms that are outside of what is considered a typical experience of the world. Psychotic symptoms may include hallucinations (perceiving things that others don’t perceive) and delusions (strongly held beliefs that get in the way of daily functioning). Other symptoms may include low mood, lack of energy, and a withdrawal from activities that one used to enjoy. Early identification and treatment of psychosis is crucial to prevent further deterioration and improve long-term outcomes. The latest research indicates that recovery is possible — a big departure from what was historically viewed as an all-or-nothing disorder.

I am trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), the gold standard for treatment for early psychosis.  CBTp is based on the idea that psychotic symptoms are often accompanied by negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that can worsen symptoms and impair functioning. The goal is to help individuals identify challenging beliefs and develop more adaptive coping strategies. I work closely with families involved and ensure that care is coordinated between myself and any other care providers. My hope in working with individuals experiencing psychosis is to empower them to get closer to the life they want to live rather than a sole focus on symptom reduction.

I am also an adjunct faculty member at Stanford University teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) as part of the effort to promote data driven care and improve outcomes in early psychosis in California (EPI-CAL).
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