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SKILL CLASS 16 | DAY 2: 4.15 PM - 5.45 PM 

Schema Therapy for Anxiety: A Domain Focused Approach

by Hasan Alp Karaosmanoglu


It is well-known the Vulnerability to Harm schema is closely related to most of the anxiety disorders. This schema’s main characteristic is the cognition that something “bad” will happen at any time and the person will be helpless. These “bad” things can be related to medical, legal, economic and natural situations. Our research about the schema domains shows that the Vulnerability to Harm schema occurs in the same domain as Pessimism, Mistrust, Punitiveness, and Self-Sacrifice. These schemas are all related to high levels of anxiety. These findings suggest that anxious people are not only sensitive to being in a helpless situation; they are also sensitive about being responsible for a catastrophe. In light of these findings, we developed a "domain focused" procedure which targets the "guilt" side of anxiety, also. In this skill class the participants will learn domain-focused schema techniques specific to anxiety for the Vulnerability to Harm schema, Pessimism, Mistrust & Abuse; and also they will learn to manage the strong "Superego" side of the anxious people: Punitiveness and Self-Sacrifice schemas.

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 

Intermediate (Participants have had basic Schema Therapy training)

About the Presenter:

Hasan Alp Karaosmanoğlu

Psychiatrist, Founder of PsikoNET Psychiatry and Training Center

Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer

Hasan Alp Karaosmanoğlu works as a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist in Istanbul. He is the author of the book Oops, Something Bad Will Happen -The Pincer of Worry: Anxiety and Conscience. Alp continues his ISST-approved training and certification programs in Turkey and abroad.

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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