Altered States at Vantage Point Center for Psychotherapy:
At Vantage Point, we have specialists dedicated to the fair treatment of individuals with psychosis or "altered states."
Altered states refers to states of mind that are different from what most other people experience. It is also called psychosis. For example, it is possible to hear voices that others do not hear or see things others do not see. You may experience trouble thinking clearly or concentrating, feel uneasy around others, and/or you might or might not end up spending a lot of time alone. You may or may not experience a sense that a lot of time has gone by, and you don’t remember what happened during this time.
Psychotherapy can be a very helpful tool for individuals with altered states. At Vantage Point, there are a few approaches we can take to help if you would like help coping with altered states.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) looks at relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how this relationship affects our everyday lives. We learn that we can change our thoughts and behaviors, which affect our feelings, and are able to change aspects of our lives.
With altered states, we look at how altered states might affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. For example, when a stressful trigger occurs, such as being alone, voices may be activated which then leads to thoughts and behaviors that relate to what the voices are saying.
In the CBT approach we learn how we can become aware of and change some of these thoughts and behaviors so we can feel more comfortable with them.
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) refers to accepting where you are and committing to change in the direction you wish to change. ACT teaches you to be flexible with yourself and kind to yourself while growing in the direction you wish. If you want help coping with an altered state, working with an ACT therapist can help you be less stressed when experiencing an altered state.
Open Dialogue refers to treatment where your family members, or members of your community can attend your therapy and speak openly with the therapist before deciding on treatment options. It follows seven principles which are:
By following these principles, Open Dialogue Treatment allows you and your loved ones to be a part of the decision making for your treatment.
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