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Exploring Service Users’ Perceptions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis: A User Led Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 July 2012

Martina Kilbride
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Rory Byrne*
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Jason Price
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Lisa Wood
North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Chelmsford, UK
Sarah Barratt
University of Liverpool, UK
Mary Welford
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Anthony P. Morrison
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Reprint requests to Rory Byrne, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Psychology Services, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL, UK. E-mail:


Background and aims: This study explored individuals’ subjective experiences of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) with the aim of identifying coherent themes consistent across individual accounts and any potential barriers to CBTp effectiveness. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine individuals with experience of CBTp. A qualitative Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyze the data collected to identify common themes. Results: Five super-ordinate themes emerged from our analyses: CBT as a process of person-centred engagement; CBT as an active process of structured learning; CBT helping to improve personal understanding; CBT is hard work; Recovery and outcomes of CBT for psychosis. Conclusions: The theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.

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Copyright © British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2012

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