WHAT IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE ARE USED TO
Patient voice hearers are people with problems not patients with an illness. (Lucie Johnstone 2009)
See also Romme and Escher Research.
Working with voice hearers therefore requires a specific attitude:
Accept that the voices are really heard by the voice hearer as voices from somebody else, that is as egodystonic. (see Romme & Escher category: Recovery).
Explore the voice hearing experience favorably with a systematic interview.
(see professionals category: instruments)
Focus your attention on the separate symptoms not on the diagnosis.
( see Romme & Escher category: solving the schizophrenia problem).
Explore the background of each symptom within the life history of the hearer
(see professionals category: background problems)
Do not interpret hearing voices as a psychotic symptom but as reaction to problems.
(see Romme & Escher category: own studies).
The main purpose of working with voices is not to get rid of them, but to learn to know them better and to explore the function in the person’s life.
(See Romme & Escher :Recovery, making a construct)