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Imagery Rescripting - Advanced Methods to Strengthen the Therapeutic Relationship in Schema Therapy (T1)

by Remco van der Wijngaart & Julie Krans


Imagery Rescripting is a powerful change technique within Schema Therapy. At the core of the intervention are methods allowing for greater therapeutic bonds and the provision of corrective emotional experiences between the client and practitioner.

Imagery work however can frequently be challenging for schema therapists. Clients can provide difficult circumstance to rescript. In turn, the unscripted nature of the process can elicit unforeseen issues. As a result, the confidence and capacity of the therapist can greatly influence its use within practitioners.

The workshop will look at specific ways Schema Therapists can build upon skills in imagery work including…

  •        Ways to use imagery rescripting to strengthen the Healthy Adult
  •        Specific ways to manage different antagonists in imagery rescripting
  •        Troubleshooting atypical situations and client responses in imagery work.
  •        Strategies to increase the client’s confidence when they are confronting antagonists.
  •        Strategies to keep the client within an appropriate emotional “window of tolerance”
  •        Discussion of new advances in research

Video material (Van Der Wijngaart & Hayes 2017) and live demonstration will also be used in session to demonstrate skills as well as time for attendees to practice skills.

About the Presenters:                   

Remco van der Wijngaart

Remco works as a psychotherapist in a private practice in Maastricht, the Netherlands.  Initially trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, he was trained and supervised in Schema Therapy personally by Dr Jeffrey Young from 1996 till 2000. Remco specializes in borderline patients, patients with cluster C personality disorders as well as Anxiety and depressive disorders.

Since 2000 he frequently has been given training courses in Schema Therapy worldwide. He produced and directed the DVD series “Schema therapy, working with modes” which is considered to be one of the essential instruments in learning schema therapy. In 2016 he co-published 2 new DVD series “Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting” and “Schema therapy for the Avoidant, Dependent and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder”.

Julie Krans

Julie Krans is an assistant professor in clinical psychology at the Radboud University, and senior researcher at Pro Persona Overwaal centre for anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Her research focuses on imagery rescripting and schema therapy for chronic psychological disorders. She recently co-founded a European consortium for research collaboration and clinical dissemination of imagery rescripting and wrote the scientific part of the introductory chapter in ‘Chair work, theory and pratice’ (subm). She was trained as a CBT therapist and has clinical experience with imagery rescripting.

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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