Specialized Treatment Program for Early Psychosis (STEP)

Our mission is to provide you with the best, research-based treatment individualized to your personal needs and goals. We treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of psychosis, because everyone has their own road to recovery. We are here to help you make smart decisions about your health.


Specializd Treatment for Early Psychosis (STEP) Program Team

Our team provides state-of-the-art coordinated care and is here to help you with all aspects of your life:

Psychotherapist: The individual therapist uses interventions that are geared toward assisting you in multiple areas of development. The strategies used are practical, easy to understand and based in proven methods supporting healthy functioning.

Psychiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in mental health evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment with medications to help clients reach their goals.

Nurse Educator:  A nurse specialized in behavioral health and integrated physical health who works with clients on health and wellness.

Supportive Employment and Education Specialist: The employment and education specialist will assist you to identify educational, work and career goals and strategies for how to achieve them.

Peer Support Specialist: An individual who has lived experience with mental illness and is specially trained on how to guide you through your recovery process.  Peer specialists are living proof that getting back on track in your life journey is possible.

Family Education Specialist: The goal of the family education specialist is to support the family with ways in which to best cope with your recent experience of psychosis.

Case Manager: To keep your care coordinated between professionals and on track and working towards your needs and objectives.

Getting treatment. Prior to admission to our program, we review prospective clients to make sure there is a good fit between our program and you. Please contact Program Director, Merrill Berger, PhD, via phone (206-744-6943) or email (Bergeme@uw.edu) to have a confidential discussion about your interest in STEP.

Learn more (STEP brochure, pdf)