Schema therapy helps you break free from long-standing patterns. 

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Schema Therapy in London

Do you constantly act in ways you don't like but can't seem to stop? 

Do you find yourself repeating the same defeating patterns in life? Always sabotaging your relationships, impulsively quitting jobs, or having yet another tantrum that hurts others? You might feel hopeless, or worry there is something really wrong with you.

Schema therapy can help. Designed for people who might not have had success with other forms of psychotherapy, or who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder, it's also effective for anyone that wants to understand themselves more or improve their relationships and moods. 

What is schema therapy and how is it effective?

Instead of labelling you with a 'disorder', schema therapy suggests you are simply caught in a self-defeating way of perceiving yourself and others. It calls this a 'schema' or 'life trap', something that you developed growing up but that can be identified and changed. 

You might, for example, discover you have an 'abandonment schema'. This could manifest as feelings of paranoia if your partner talks to other people, or you sabotaging good relationships because you'd rather leave first than wait to be rejected. Or perhaps you have a 'subjugation schema', where you feel you have to give in to others wants and needs so you don't upset them, but are constantly left feeling trapped. 

Your schema therapist can help you recognise just what 'life trap' you are living out, how your childhood led you to choose this dysfunctional way of being, and what more useful perspectives you might try instead. 

What results can I expect from attending schema therapy sessions? 

Schema therapy can offer you these results:

  • finally understand why you act the way you do
  • let go of repressed emotions that have been holding you back
  • break longstanding behaviours that have made you unhappy
  • become less reactive in the face of challenges
  • improve your relationships with others  
  • understand your personal needs 
  • learn how to make better choices for yourself and your life
  • develop more compassion for yourself and others
  • start to trust others and yourself more
  • feel more confident in who you are 

What issues does schema therapy help with? 

An evidence-based therapy (proven to work by research) for borderline personality disorder, schema therapy is also thought to help most other personality disorders including histrionic personality disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disorder.

Schema therapy can also prove useful if you suffer from the following:

  • depression
  • fear of intimacy
  • relationship issues
  • codependency
  • anger management
  • low self-esteem 

Changing unhealthy patterns at last – the Harley Therapy™ approach

A warm, honest relationship will be encouraged to develop between you and your schema therapist. Callled 'limited reparenting', this supportive connection allows you to experience the attachment and trust with another you needed but did not receive as a child.

Schema therapy can mean a more dependent client-therapist relationship than that of other talking therapies, but this will always be kept within professional boundaries. Your therapist will never push you to do something you don't feel comfortable with. (To learn more about what Schema Therapy entails, please read: What is Schema Therapy and Can It Help You?

Schema Therapy at Harley Therapy™ London

Your schema therapy practitioner will be versed in working with people just like you. Here at Harley Therapy™ London all of our therapists have a minimum of five years postgraduate experience, and most have trained in not one but several forms of therapy at top UK institutions. 

Take a step towards finally changing your patterns today 

If you are thinking about embarking on a course of schema therapy sessions in one of our London clinics (City, Canary Wharf, London Bridge or Harley Street), then contact us, or book an initial consultation online now. We look forward to helping you. 

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