Recovery in First-Episode Psychosis: A Case Study of Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT)

Bethany L. Leonhardt, Kristen Ratliff, Jenifer Vohs

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Despite historically pessimistic views from both the professional community and lay public, research is emerging that recovery from psychosis is possible. Recovery has evolved to include not only a reduction in symptoms and return to functioning, but a sense of agency and connection to meaningful roles in life. The development of a more comprehensive conceptualization of recovery has particular importance in the treatment of first-episode psychosis, because early intervention may avoid some of the prolonged dysfunction that may make recovery difficult. As the mental health field moves to intervene early in the course of psychosis and to support recovery for individuals with severe mental illness, it is essential to develop and assess interventions that may promote a more comprehensive recovery. This case illustration offers an account of a type of integrative psychotherapy that may assist individuals in achieving recovery: metacognitive reflection and insight therapy (MERIT).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018



  • Metacognition
  • Psychotherapy, Psychosis
  • Recovery
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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