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SKILL CLASS 13 | DAY 2: 2.15 PM - 3.45 PM

Looking for the Pain: the Corrective Emotional Experience in Therapeutic Relationships 

by Bastian Willenborg, Rosi Reubsaet, and Guido Sijbers


Because schemas have a strong relational impact, the therapeutic relationship - called ‘limited re-parenting (LR)' - plays an essential role in the schema therapy process. From a schema therapist’s point of view, psychotherapeutic interventions depend essentially on the activated schema/mode combination and the underlying basic core needs. In this context, the response to a client’s emotion or state should be more need-specific than emotion- or behavior-specific. 

This means, for example, that the response to a detached protector mode with an activated schema of abandonment and instability should be different from a detached protector with an activated dependence and incompetence schema. Consequently, it is important that schema therapists acquire skills to adapt the nature of LR to the patient’s individual schemas, needs, modes and problems. 

This workshop will give an overview of the theoretical background of different ways of LR with demonstrations. Three presenters will show their personal LR styles and how to adjust these according to the relevant schemas or needs. Moreover, they will demonstrate how to use LR to make the patient aware and connect with the pain of the unfulfilled basic core needs. 

Following the demonstrations, participants will have practice opportunities in small groups. 

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 


About the Presenters:

Guido Sijbers

Guido Sijbers is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist, an Advanced Level Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and Trainer/Supervisor.

He works with Schema Therapy to treat personality disorders using individual and in group therapy in tertiary (outpatient) health care in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Previously Guido collaborated with Arnoud Arntz at the University of Maastrict, and was in private practice in Cologne, Germany. He has been training other therapists in Schema Therapy since 1999 (ptkoeln.de).

He is one of the founders of academievoorschematherapie.nl

Since the Dutch Membership of Schema Therapy was formed in 2007, Guido has been a Senior Member, and received Advanced Certification by ISST in 2008 as a Trainer/Supervisor in individual therapy, along with Advanced Certification for Group Schema Therapy as a Trainer/Supervisor in 2014. 

Rosi Reubsaet

Rosi Reubsaet is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (Dutch BIG registration).

She is ISST registered as advanced level individual schematherapy and groupschematherapy. She is registered as supervisor CBT and schematherapy for the Dutch Schematherapy Society and CBT society.  

In 2009 she started working as a clinical psychologist in an academic setting (together with Arnoud Arntz and Hannie van Genderen), participating in research treating personality disorders with Schematherapy. She worked at the Riagg Maastricht, predominantly at the schematherapeutic daycentre for patients with borderline personality disorders. She has been trained and supervised  by Ida Shaw and Joan Farrell.

Since 2016, she works at Vincent van Gogh, a large mental health care organization in the Netherlands, where she treats PD-patients with individual- and group-schematherapy, in an outpatient and daytreatment setting. 

Since 2013 she is involved in the training and supervision of schematherapists, CBT-therapists and clinical psychologists in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. She has been presenting on several national and international conferences.

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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