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The psychologist and client perform a detailed evaluation of the problem. They
then develop strategies to cope with the problems more effectively. Using
empirical, logical and pragmatic questioning involving distraction of intrusive
thoughts or challenging their meaning and usefulness. Increasing or decreasing
social activity can help with intrusive thoughts or low mood. Also breathing and
other relaxation techniques help the client to relax.
Tarrier: found that CBT along with medication will lead to a 50% reduction
in psychotic experiences and 15% of patients will be free of all positive
symptoms. 1 year later it is still effective but only as effective as
counselling after 2 years.
May not be suitable for everyone: older patients with extreme cases may
not fully engage.