Schema Therapy Sydney

Do you feel like history keeps repeating itself? Perhaps your views, reinforced by memories, towards self are quite negative? From past experiences, have you integrated them into developing negative beliefs about self?

What is Schema Therapy?

Schema Therapy targets maladaptive thinking patterns known as schemas, which often originate in childhood due to unmet emotional and physical needs or improper boundaries. These schemas can lead to negative behaviours in adulthood, such as avoidance, surrendering or overcompensation, impacting relationships and emotional wellbeing. By combining aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalysis, and Gestalt therapy, Schema Therapy helps individuals recognise, understand, and modify these patterns to foster healthier coping mechanisms and improve relationships.

Schema Therapy achieves its goals through several key techniques:

Identification of Schemas

The therapist helps you identify your maladaptive schemas by exploring your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, particularly in problematic areas of your life such as relationships or work.

Understanding the Origin

Through exploration and reflection, the therapist helps you understand how your schemas developed, often tracing them back to childhood experiences where emotional needs were unmet or boundaries were not properly established

Challenging and Restructuring

Once identified, the therapist assists you in challenging and restructuring your maladaptive beliefs and behaviours. This may involve cognitive restructuring techniques to address negative thought patterns and develop more adaptive coping strategies.

Experiential Techniques

Schema Therapy incorporates experiential techniques such as imagery, role-playing, and chair work to help you connect emotionally with your schemas and work through unresolved issues from the past.

Limited Reparenting

In some cases, the therapist may provide “limited reparenting,” offering support and guidance to meet your unmet emotional needs in a therapeutic setting, helping you develop a more secure sense of self.

Behavioural Techniques

Behavioural techniques, such as homework assignments or behavioural experiments, may be used to facilitate behavioural change and reinforce new coping strategies.

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