I qualified as an Advanced Schema Therapist and Trainer-Supervisor in 2013.
Ever since that time I have been using this approach with a significant number of different clients, supervising trainee Clinical and Counselling Psychologists and teaching the approach at Manchester University on the Doctoral courses of Clinical and Counselling Psychology.
Please note: When you are looking for a Schema Therapist, always make sure they are accredited and registered with the ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy). You could check this out by clicking on the following link: https://schematherapysociety.org/Find-a-Therapist
IN A NUTSHELL: Schema Therapy is an approach that can help people who have had difficulties for a number of years, including very intense emotions, self-criticisms and relationship difficulties (roots of the problems could be traced back to childhood experiences). Usually, people have tried other therapies and they either experienced little progress or no progress at all. Download the sheet below for clear, plain language, bite sized and straightforward information.
ST was initially developed as a treatment for ‘Personality Disorders’ and complex clinical problems. However, over the past 20 years, it has been further applied to an increasing range of clinical problems, and client groups.
The practice of ST is process-oriented, and utilises techniques from 4 main domains: experiential, interpersonal, cognitive and behavioural, as well as powerful experiential techniques (such as imagery rescripting, chair-work, and historical roleplay) designed to provide corrective emotional experiences that facilitate deeper level ‘core’ emotional growth and change.
When to consider Schema Therapy
ST is particularly helpful for those whose difficulties have become entrenched or chronic, and who experience enduring attachment-based patterns that hinder the effectiveness of standard therapeutic approaches.’