What is Schema Therapy?
Schema Therapy, a popular intervention in Europe, is now growing in popularity in the United States. It integrates elements of Gestalt psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, transactional analysis, object relations, and attachment theories into a unified therapeutic system. Its approach is sympathetic, empathic, humane, respectful, and caring.
Schema Therapy Goal
The main goal of schema therapy is to help clients become “unstuck” from negative life patterns of behaviors, thoughts and beliefs about themselves and others, which often cause distress and difficulties in relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
Schema Therapy “Powers”
Schema therapy is powerful in that it helps us step outside of ourselves and helps us examine how our core attachment needs (safety, protection, trust, love, care, warmth, understanding, compassion) that have at times gone unmet since early childhood, can have detrimental effects on our behaviors, thoughts and beliefs (schemas), in adulthood, when left unaddressed. Schema therapy is powerful and lasting in its effect towards individual empowerment. It can often save months and even years of treatment time versus traditional talk therapy.
Please feel free to reach out to us to determine if Schema Therapy will work for you or if any of our other therapy services will be a good fit. Call, email, or message Richard Beaupre today for a consultation.