Schema Therapy

Schema therapy is an integrative and evidence-based therapeutic approach that focuses on identifying and modifying deep-rooted patterns or schemas that contribute to maladaptive (unhelpful) thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Schemas are underlying core beliefs that we develop in early life that shape how we see themselves, others, and the world around us. Schema therapy aims to help us understand and remove these unhelpful schemas, and replace them with healthier and more adaptive beliefs that provide balance in our lives and relationships – we grow our healthy adult self.

The therapy combines elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and experiential techniques to address both the cognitive and emotional aspects of our schemas. Through various therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive restructuring, imagery rescripting, and limited reparenting, we can gain insight into our core beliefs, learn to challenge and modify them, and develop healthy adult coping strategies. Schema therapy is particularly effective in treating complex and long-standing psychological issues, such as so called personality difficulties and chronic depression. By addressing the underlying schemas, people can experience lasting change, improved self-esteem, and enhanced well-being.