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Taming the Over-Analyzer:Schema Therapy for Rumination, Worry and Repetitive Negative Thinking

by Robert Brockman, and Andrew Phipps


This workshop will give a brief overview of the research that demonstrates repetitive negative thinking processes can be formulated as a new “Over-analyzer” coping mode, including a definition of this new mode. We will then give an overview of a schema-based treatment and review within session mode management strategies for the Over-analyzer mode. This includes a focus on the therapy relationship (e.g. attunement and limit setting), as well as cognitive, experiential and behavioural pattern breaking techniques as they apply to this mode.

Teaching Methods:

We will use all of the following: Powerpoint slides, Video role-play, and live role-plays.

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain knowledge of how to conceptualize rumination, worry and repetitive negative thinking within a schema mode framework.
2. Understand approaches to the assessment of overanalyzing mode/ coping behavior.
3. Gain skills in bypassing and managing overanalyzing mode/ coping behavior in session using a mix of therapy relationship, experiential, cognitive, and behavioural pattern-breaking techniques.

Workshop Intended For:

Intermediate (Participants have had basic ST training)

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Brockman, R., & Stavropoulos, A. (2019). Repetitive negative thinking in eating disorders. In Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders:

Theory and Practice for Individual and Group Settings. Routledge.
Brockman, R., & Stavropoulos, A. (under review). A Schema Mode Model of Repetitive Negative Thinking. Clinical Psychologist.

About the Presenter:

Robert Brockman: 

Robert Brockman is a Clinical Psychologist and senior research fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education,Australian Catholic University. He is also principle Clinical Psychologist atSchema Therapy Sydney, a Sydney based psychology clinic focused on the practice and dissemination of schema therapy.His clinical practice and research has largely focused on the applicability of schema therapy to novel treatment populations (e.g. Eating Disorders, GAD, Psychotic Symptoms), and the integration of 3rd Wave Therapy techniques into Schema Therapy practice

Andrew Phipps: 

Andrew is a Clinical Psychologist from Sydney, Australia. Andrew runs a schema therapy focussed private practice in the Inner-West of Sydney. He also maintains and research and teaching role within the Western Sydney University Clinical Psychology Training Program. Andrew’s current clinical interests includes the application of schema therapy to chronic depression and anxiety presentations. Andrew also has a research and clinical interest in therapist schemas. Andrew is an accredited Schema Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor. Andrew works with Schema Therapy Training Australia, as well as Schema Therapy Sydney and provides accredited training and supervision.As part of this role he works as a consultant for several mental health services in Sydney

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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