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Schema Therapy

by Patricia Escudero Rotman, Chris Hayes, Tanya Petersen, and Claire Gately 


Schema Therapy was not originally created to help patients with acute crisis and/or recent trauma (Young, 2004). However, clinical experience has shown that the model can also be helpful in these situations. All four traditional strategies (cognitive, experiencial, limited reparenting and behavioral) can be effectively used, if tailored to the presenting challenging clinical issue. Two case studies describing specific interventions with adult recently traumatized patients will illustrate how Schema Therapy can be successfully used

Expected Points of Discussion: 

  1.   Review of effective treatments for Recent Adult Trauma

  2.   Schema Therapy's Clinical Interventions

  3.   Frequent Challenges when working with these patients

Discussant 1

Name: Chris Hayes

Discussant 2

Name: Tanya Petersen

Discussant 3

Name: Claire Gately

About the Presenters:

Patricia Escudero Rotman: 

Dr. Patricia Escudero Rotman has been in practice for more than 25 years, both in the United States (mostly New York City) and Argentina. She is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in Argentina , holds an American Ph.D. in Health and Human Services (with a Specialization in Psychology)and a New York License in Social Work. She has trained in many schools of thought but has specialized in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology and Schema Therapy. Dr. Rotman is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine inNew York. As a member of the faculty,she created the Schema Therapy class for third and fourth year residents. After living in the US for 23 years, Dr. Escudero Rotman moved back to Argentina where she founded and directed an official Schema Therapy training in Buenos Aires. Since her arrival, she has given many ST presentations to professional associations in Latin America (e.g., Association of ArgentineanPsychiatry, ArgentineanMedical Association). She co-founded the ISST Trauma SIG and has been coordinating this group since 2016. Her areas of expertise include trauma work,multi-cultural issues, and the integration of both CBT and Schema Therapy. She does online and in person therapy, clinical supervision, and training.

Chris Hayes:

Chris is a Clinical Psychologist and Advanced Schema Therapist based in Perth, Western Australia. He has had extensive experience in both government and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. Since 2005, he has been practicing as an advanced Schema Therapist, supervisor and trainer having completed certification in Schema Therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute in New York City (USA) with Dr Jeffery Young. He is the Director of Schema Therapy Training Australia and presented workshops throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia. 
In addition to the provision of Schema Therapy training and supervision, he is currently employed with the Health Department of Western Australia as a Senior Clinical Psychologist (within a specialist service working with those who have experienced recent or childhood sexual trauma). 

He has co-produced 2 DVD/ video releases "Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting" and “Fine Tuning Chair Work in Schema Therapy", both of which are highly recommended (and the 1st of their kind internationally).  He has previously served as Secretary of the Board for the International Society of Schema therapy (ISST).

Tanya Petersen: 

Tanya Petersen is a Clinical Psychologist working in forensic services in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust. She works at The Edenfield Centre, a Regional Secure Unit, and is responsible for psychology provision in the women’s secure service. Tanya is an honorary lecturer at ManchesterUniversity, and at Liverpool University, teaching on working in forensic settings, personality disorder, and Schema Therapy, to Masters students and trainee clinical psychologists. Tanyais a Certified Individual Schema Therapist

Claire Gately: 

Claire Gatelyis a Clinical Psychologist working in forensic services in Lancashire Care NHS Trust. She works at Guild Lodge Regional Secure Unit and is responsible for psychology provision in the women’s secure service. Claireis an honorary lecturer at Liverpool University who facilitates the psychosis module on the clinical psychology doctoral training course.Claireis currently applying for the ISSTcertification for individual schema therapy.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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