WHAT IS SCHEMA THERAPY?

Learn more about how it can help

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WHO CAN IT HELP?

Schema therapy can help those who struggle with:

  • Personality Disorders

  • Deliberate self-harm

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviour

  • Chronic anxiety and depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Complex trauma

  • Addictions

  • Relationship issues

  • Low self-esteem

  • Anger problems

WHAT ARE SCHEMAS?

Schemas are self-defeating core themes or patterns that we keep repeating throughout our lives

Because schemas begin early in life (childhood or adolescence) they become familiar and thus comfortable. We distort our view of the events in our lives in order to maintain the validity of our schemas.


Schemas may remain dormant until they are activated by situations relevant to that particular schema.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Emotions play the most important role in schema therapy

Schema therapy starts with understanding your negative feelings and their childhood origins. Then, all current negative consequences of these feelings and childhood experiences are explored. The second step is to support you in changing your feelings and unhelpful behaviours. Therefore, you will be more satisfied and better able to get your core emotional needs met in healthy and adaptive ways.