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If you are having problems such as hearing voices, delusions, depression or mania, psychotherapy can help reduce the symptoms. Or teach you how to deal with them. You can begin therapy at an early stage, when symptoms are still relatively mild.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a general name for a number of common types of talk therapy. These treatments are based on the talks between patient and care worker. Treatment is preferably brief, but can last as long as it takes. In case of more complex and serious problems, treatment can easily take over a year.

Psychotherapy can also help in case of psychotic problems. Experts used to think differently in the past. But by now studies have shown that people with psychosis vulnerability can indeed benefit from types such as cognitive behavioural therapy and/or therapy for trauma treatment.


Prof. dr. Jim van OsChair Division Neuroscience, Utrecht University Medical Centre. Jim is also Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Jim works at the interface of ‘hard’ brain science, health services research, art and subjective experiences of people with ‘lived experience’ in mental healthcare. 

Jim has been appearing on the Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of ‘most influential scientific minds of our time’ since 2014. In 2014 he published his book ‘Beyond DSM-5‘, and in 2016 the book ‘Good Mental Health Care’. 

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