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A Contextual View of the Therapeutic Relationship in Schema Therapy

by Eckhard Roediger


Contextual therapies is an overarching term tying so called 3rd wave therapies together based on an integrative metacognitive theory framework. Some of the key processes (coined into schema therapy terms) are supporting clients to take a mindful observer stance, experience and accept painful child mode emotions in a self-compassionate way, defuse from critic mode voices, distance from dysfunctional coping mode impulses, shift into a balanced Healthy Adult mode, connect with core needs and commit oneself to value-directed functional behaviour. These processes substantially add to the table of building Healthy adult skills. The keynote outlines how to play them out in therapy relationship oscillating between the 4 poles of contextualizing reflection, deep emotional processing, reparenting and empathic confrontation.

There are no prerequisites or preparatory readings suggested.

About the Presenter:

Eckhard Roediger

Eckhard Roediger (MD), born 1959, Neurologist, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. Trained in psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavior therapy. Formerly Director of a Psychosomatic Department of a clinic in Berlin (GER), since 2007 working in Private Practice and Director of the Schema Therapy Training Center in Frankfurt (GER). Past-president and honorary member of the ISST. Working on the conceptual background of ST and its integration into CBT, Couples therapy and integrating Mindfulness and ACT into ST.

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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