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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 1: 9.00 - 10.30


Finding our Inner Freedom in Challenging Times 

with David Bernstein

Victor Frankl famously said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  Since the onset of the pandemic last year, we have all been faced with a loss of freedom, with restrictions that have limited our ability to do everything from the mundane (e.g., going to the café, playing sports) to the intimate (e.g., giving someone a hug, seeing our loved ones, forming new relationships).  While these changes have affected all of us, their effect has been even more profound for people with mental health issues, such as those with personality disorders.  People with personality disorders are locked into rigid, ineffective ways of coping, experience extreme and dysfunctional emotional states (i.e., schema modes), and find it difficult to imagine healthier alternatives or solutions.  In short, people with personality disorders lack inner freedom, which limits their ability to respond flexibly and adaptively to challenging situations.

In this talk, we will explore the concept of inner freedom.  What is it, and how can we help our patients achieve it?  We will introduce ideas from Schema Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness to offer insights and practical steps that can help patients expand their range of inner possibilities: building awareness that they can use when they are emotionally triggered, and getting in touch with their strengths, so that they can make healthier choices.   We should not deny the real adversities that we face.  However, adversity can challenge us to grow and change in more satisfying directions. 

About the Presenter

David Bernstein

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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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