Schema Therapy is a special type of therapy that combines elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychoanalytic Therapy and Attachment Theory.
It is offered to people with long-standing difficulties that originated in childhood.
It aims to identify and heal unhelpful life patterns (known as ‘schemas’) which have occurred throughout a person’s life.
Some examples of common schemas include:
- Emotional deprivation – a sense that no-one will ever understand you, or care about your needs
- Mistrust – a sense that other people will hurt, betray or reject you
- Social isolation – a sense that you don’t fit in, or don’t belong. It is believed that schemas develop when childhood needs are not met, and this leads to unhealthy life patterns
Schema therapy is offered for many mental health concerns, including eating disorders and depression, borderline personality disorder and other personality disorders.
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Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych