Schema therapy was originally created for people who might not have had success with other forms of psychotherapy, or who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder like BPD. But it's also a great choice for anyone who is sensitive, highly emotional, or struggles to trust.
What is schema therapy?
The idea behind schema therapy is that we are not 'faulty' if we consistently act in ways we regret. We are simply caught in a self-defeating way of perceiving ourselves and others that we learned when growing up.
This 'life trap', or 'schema', can be identified and changed, and we can start, instead, to live out more useful perspectives.
An example of a 'schema'
A common schema is the 'abandonment schema'. If childhood sexual abuse left you feeling flawed, you might constantly sabotage good relationships because you'd rather leave first than go through the pain of being abandoned.
There are actually eighteen identified schemas. Your schema therapist will help you identify which ones are the themes of your life, what caused you to be caught in such patterns, and how to now make different choices for yourself.
How is schema therapy different than other talk therapies?
Schema therapy involves a more dependent client-therapist relationship than that of other talking therapies, but one that will always be kept within professional boundaries.
This warm, honest relationship is called 'limited reparenting'. A very supportive connection, it allows you to experience the attachment and trust with another you needed but did not receive as a child.
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What results can I expect?
Schema therapy can offer you these benefits:
- finally understand why you act the way you do
- become less reactive in the face of challenges
- feel more in control of your life
- let go of repressed emotions that have been holding you back
- improve your relationships with others
- understand your personal needs
- start to trust others and yourself more
- feel more confident in who you are.
Borderline personality disorder treatment
Schema therapy is shown by research to be very effective for borderline personality disorder (BPD)1. It is also thought to help with several other personality disorders, such as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
What other issues does schema therapy help with?
Schema therapy can also prove useful if you suffer from the following:
- anger issues
- anxious attachement
- childhood trauma
- emotional dysregulation
- fear of intimacy
- low self-esteem
- relationship issues
- bad habits
- trust problems.
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- What is schema therapy, and can it help you break your patterns?
- What is a schema in psychology?
- What treatments work for BPD?
- Dating someone with borderline personality disorder
- Compassion for borderline personality disorder (BPD).
1Bakos DS, Gallo AE, Wainer R (2015). Systematic review of the clinical effectiveness of schema therapy. Contemp Behav Health Care 1: doi: 10.15761/CBHC.1000104.View the Experts
What school of psychotherapeutic thought does schema therapy come from?
It combines elements of attachment therapy, cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and gestalt therapy.
What is the difference between schema therapy and CBT?
CBT therapy focuses on the cycle between your thoughts, feelings, actions, and moods. The idea with CBT is that by changing one part of this cycle, such as your thoughts or your actions, you then change your moods. Schema therapy does borrow from cognitive therapies the idea that the ways we think and act determine how we feel about ourselves and our lives. But it doesn't see the cycle as arising from just our thinking, but from a maladaptive way of coping we learned as a child that keeps us trapped in a negative pattern. We must identify this 'schema', then work to change it.
What is the goal of schema therapy?
The main goal is to help you to overcome your self-sabotaging ways of being and lead a happier, more productive life. Schema therapy also aims to help you even if other therapies have failed you.