4. Psychological Interventions

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) aims to help people to manage distress and to enhance emotional well-being. CBT encourages examination of how thoughts and beliefs are connected to our moods, behaviours, physical experiences, and life events. It is based on the idea that a person learns to think and act a certain way as a result of their life experiences and their perceptions of those experiences.

The goal of CBT for Psychosis is not specifically to reduce symptoms, in the way that an anti-psychotic medication might, although studies have reported significant symptom reduction. The goal is to reduce the distress you may be experiencing, such as stress, anxiety, depression and/or low self-esteem. CBT skills are helpful in managing the distress associated with hearing voices (1).

PHYSICAL HEALTH INTERVENTION: Choices for Health - A Healthy Lifestyle Group


Groups are led jointly by a Southside Partnership leader and a community mental health nurse.


The aim of the group is to increase participant knowledge about diet and nutrition and to develop food-related skills such as cooking, budgeting and shopping in a sociable settings.  To promote, encourage and support individuals to increase their physical activity through exploring amenities in the local community.


� Detect Modified 14/10/11DETECT is an acronym for Dublin and East Treatment and Early Care Team