Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for psychosis is aimed at helping individuals who experience unusual events such as hearing threatening voices that other people cannot hear or having threatening thoughts that other people do not share or do not understand. Psychiatrists refer to these as auditory hallucinations and delusions and they may form the basis for a psychiatric diagnosis of psychosis.
CBT for psychosis is a talking therapy usually provided alongside medication prescribed by a psychiatrist.
The aim is to help the person make sense of their experiences and to find ways of managing their distress in order to help them continue leading the life they want. It is one of the evidence-based interventions recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence).