‘It was me answering my own questions’: Experiences of Method of Levels therapy among people with first-episode psychosis

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  • External authors:
  • Timothy A. Carey
  • Heather Peel


In this study, we aimed to understand how people with first-episode psychosis experienced a transdiagnostic cognitive therapy called Method of Levels (MOL). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 individuals who were participants of a feasibility randomised controlled trial of MOL for first-episode psychosis. Interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Four superordinate themes were identified: the therapist’s approach; being in control; thinking and talking; and looking at problems from a different perspective. Our findings suggest that therapy was experienced as most helpful when participants perceived themselves to have control over the process of therapy, could explore and express of a wide range of difficulties, and were able to generate new perspectives on their problems. MOL and its associated system of client-led appointment scheduling were predominantly perceived to be helpful and appear suitable for further testing in a larger clinical trial.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
StateAccepted/In press - 4 Jan 2019