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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is schema therapy?

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    Emma Webster

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    I am a warm, supportive and compassionate therapist, committed to assisting my clients to connect to their inner wisdom and strength, to develop mindful awareness … View Profile

    Schema Therapy is a treatment that was developed by Jeffrey Young, and the treatment helps patients to address and modify schemas, which are also known as life traps, which impact long-term patterns of thought, feelings and behavior. The schema's targeted in treatment are usually enduring and self-defeating patterns which develop early in life, however, sometimes can emerge later on in life. These patterns consist of negative and dysfunctional thoughts and feelings that have been repeated and pose obstacles for accomplishing goals and getting needs met. Examples of schema beliefs include: “I'm not good enough”, “people will leave me”, or ‘bad things will happen to me’. These schemas are perpetuated through coping behaviors such as avoidance or overcompensation. The schema-focused model of treatment is to help break these negative patterns of thoughts, feelings and behavior, and to develop healthier alternatives in responses to lead to a more fulfilling life.

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    Hugo Teixeira

    Psychologist

    Hugo’s vision is to help you experience more happiness in your life. He focuses on teaching practical skills and tools that align what you think, … View Profile

    Schema therapy is mostly used to treat chronic mental health disorders and personality disorders. It combines theory and techniques from other therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic, objects relations, attachment theory and elements of Gestalt therapy.

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    My clinical psychologist has used aspects of schema therapy with me, which I have found quite helpful.

    This link (and links therein) might help you:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy

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