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Schema Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of a range of different issues, particularly those of a long-standing nature.
Schema Therapy is a comprehensive therapeutic approach that combines several approaches and is designed to help people change long-standing patterns of thinking and acting.
Schema Therapy is an innovative and comprehensive therapeutic approach that combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Experiential Therapy and Psychoanalytic thinking into one process. It is specifically designed to help people to change some of the long-standing patterns of thinking and acting.
A schema is a cognitive framework that helps you organise and interpret information. Schemas can be useful because they allow us to take shortcuts in interpreting the vast amount of information that is available in our environment.
However, these mental frameworks also cause us to exclude important information, so instead, we might only focus on things that confirm our pre-existing beliefs and ideas.
Schema therapy works by changing those defeating core themes which you keep repeating throughout your life. These deep-rooted patterns are associated not only with thoughts but also feelings and even physical sensations, e.g. “I’m unlovable,” “People don’t care about me,” “Something bad is going to happen,” or “I will never be good enough.”
Because they tend to begin early in life, they are schema which become comfortable and familiar, but they are not healthy.
Schema therapy has been used in the treatment of depression and anxiety. A study published in 2006 by Josephine Giesen-Bloo1 and her colleagues demonstrated good results for this type of therapy in people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Although the use of Schema Therapy is not restricted to treating personality disorder, it has produced impressive results when it comes to treating treatment-resistant personality disorders, chronic depression, relationship issues and other complex difficulties.
You may find Schema therapy helpful if any of the following apply to you:
Many clients who come for schema therapy have spent years in other types of therapies, such as psychoanalysis or traditional CBT, and were frustrated with the lack of progress. Schema therapy is a very collaborative and empowering process that truly aims to help you turn insights into real changes. Schema therapy has also recently been blended with mindfulness meditation and elements of neuroscience for clients who can further benefit from them
You may want to consider the following in deciding if Schema therapy is right for you:
I felt like the Psychologist really understood my issues and took the time and care to tailor the sessions to what I needed. They were incredibly valuable to me.