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Using Psychodrama in Group Schema Therapy

by Natalie van Oort & Pim van Dun



Experiential techniques are what patients often point out to be the added value of the Schema therapy method. Many Schema therapist send or see the importance of experiential techniques, but are often a bit fearful or reluctant to get out of their seats. In this work shop we aim to help the therapist to get more comfortable with the experiential part of schema therapy by introducing them to useful techniques from Psychodrama therapy. Expect inspiring vivid chair work, the use of symbolic representations of internal modes or external relationships and experience how these techniques can lead to deepening in the understanding of one self and the search for new perspectives. Techniques from psychodrama can be used within Schema therapy to achieve a more experienced or felt insight. Arntz & Jacob (2015) describe that in especially in these phase of Schema therapy experiential methods can be used in addition to cognitive and behavioral techniques. Experience-oriented interventions developed in Gestalt therapy and Psychodrama can be used to intensify the therapy. Psychodrama was developed around 1920 by Jacob Levi Moreno. Moreno stresses the importance of developing and encouraging creativity and spontaneous play. This method fits well with the theoretical background of schema therapy and the basic need for playfulness and freedom of expression. Psychodrama techniques are both applicable in group therapy as individual sessions; in group with the commitment of group members who can play roles, individual session by means of chairs of objects that can symbolize internal presentations of others. Techniques from psychodrama can be used within Schema therapy to achieve a more experienced or felt insight.

About the Presenters:

Natalie van Oort: 

Natalie van Oort, is a licensed psychotherapist and registered schematherapist (senior/supervisor, Dutch Vereniging Schematherapie ) with over 15 years of experience. She holds a Masters in psychology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and is a registered Psychotherapist (BIG). She has post-graduate training in Schematherapy, Family-therapy,

EMDR and is a certified Psychodramatherapist (NVGP). In her expertise as a psychotherapist for young adults with personality disorders she interweaves her training as Schematherapist with her clinical experience with psychodrama in individual and in group setting. She is a certified CBT-therapist and supervisor of the VGCt (Dutch Society of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) specialized in the treatment of severe Anxiety Disorders within Academic Anxiety Centre in Utrecht. She teaches SFT in postdoc courses for Healthcare and Clinical Psychologists at the RINO and at the Hannie van Genderen education-institution for Schematherapy.

She has given Workshops in Schematherapy and Transgenerational Schematransference at several congresses including the ISST congresses in New York (2012), Istanbul (2014), Vienna (2016) and in the Netherlands at the Dutch congresses for Schematherapy.

Pim van Dun: 

coming soon  

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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