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Schema Therapy helps you to understand and gain clarity of where and why difficulties have developed in life and provides a treatment plan for healing.
Founded by Jeffrey Young, schema therapy looks at how early maladaptive schemas or life-traps, which began during childhood and were maintained by coping strategies which may have been helpful in getting through difficult situations as a child. However as an adult these coping strategies can be unhelpful and cause difficulties in relationships specifically in close relationships. In schema therapy this is referred to as clashing of the ‘coping modes’.
At Talk in the Bay, your schema therapist will help to understand and develop healthier coping strategies to start to heal these life-traps or schemas. You may be asked to complete questionnaires, which together with what you tell your therapist will be used towards developing a case conceptualisation to guide you through the therapy. In schema therapy the relationship you build with your therapist is fundamental to the success of the therapy as you learn and understand how difficulties from the past are affecting your life and discover ways to overcome these by learning healthier coping strategies to replace any unhelpful strategies.
Schema therapy For Couples:
Schema therapy for couples focusses on breaking repetitive cycles within the relationship by exploring and understanding Core Emotional Needs and helping partners get their childhood and adult needs met in their relationship in an adaptive manner. Maladaptive mode cycles are changed and schemas are healed within the relationship.