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The Schema Therapy Bulletin

The Official Publication of the 

International Society of Schema Therapy

EXPERIENTIAL elements in schema therapy 

Schema Therapy relies on Cognitive, Behavioral and Experiential Strategies as well as Limited Reparenting.  In this issue we are pleased to highlight some new and creative approaches to Experiential work.

Ofer Peled proposes eight different presentations of dysfunctional parent modes, and has a developed a hierarchy of confrontational interventions to address each presentation. Identifying both the the characteristics and the intensity of each dysfunctional parent mode, and understanding the patients unmet needs enables therapists to assume a stance in imagery or in mode work using chairs that will be most effective in helping patients get core needs met in a healthy way.

Christof Loose works with children and adolescents. His article describes a very creative technique he uses with children, in which he and the child identify the child’s modes, and write them down. The child then creates his own “mode sketch”, and assigns a finger puppet to each mode. Through the finger puppets the child is able to understand his modes, and work with them to find ways to get his needs met.

Rita Yonan works extensively within a group schema therapy framework.  She looks at novel creative and experiential opportunities that are available within group schema therapy context. In addition, she discusses how experiential and emotional components of therapeutic work can be enhanced within a group format. 

Chris Hayes is involved in research investigating the use of imagery respiting for childhood trauma. His article discusses imagery re-scripting within schema therapy context, and looks at practical ways therapists can improve imagery techniques and skills. 

Bruce Stevens and Pierre Cousineau contributed an article about Memory Reconsolidation and the brains ability to unlearn or relearn at the level of Emotional Learning. They describe recent findings which may help to explain why imagery is such a powerful intervention in Schema Therapy.

As these innovative techniques demonstrate, Schema Therapy remains a dynamic and evolving model. We look forward to continue to share our members creativity with you in future issues.

Editors, 

Lissa Parsonnet, PhD., LCSW (USA)  & Chris Hayes, Clinical Psychologist (Australia)  

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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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