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Schema therapy

Do you tend to get stuck in destructive relationships, are you constantly jealous, are you constantly afraid of being rejected and abandoned by friends and partners, do you often fall into old negative patterns that you do not succeed in breaking, do you have difficulty controlling emotions and impulses, do you feel empty and indifferent, do you have high demands on yourself to succeed and do well in front of others, do you have an insatiable need for confirmation, are you tormented by recurring feelings of shame and guilt, are you self-accusatory, feel you you as a bad person? If so, schema therapy may be for you! 

Schema therapy is an evidence-based, innovative and integrative type of CBT therapy, developed by the American psychologist and researcher Dr. Jeffrey Young in the US. Young's schema therapy can be seen as a further development of Beck's original model adapted for the treatment of more long-term and complex problems where traditional CBT has not proven effective. 

Schema therapy contains influences from, among other things, attachment theory, gestalt therapy and dynamic therapy. Unlike traditional CBT, schema therapy has, among other things, a greater focus on childhood experiences and the therapy alliance.

Our behavior in different situations is largely influenced by how we fundamentally perceive ourselves and the world around us together with our collective experience of how we previously best handled similar situations. Perceptions and experiences that can be both conscious and unconscious. The term "schema" is the collective term used to describe these phenomena, hence the name schema therapy. 

"Schema" is an old accepted concept in cognitive psychology, but which is given slightly different meanings by different theorists. In schema therapy, schemas are seen as abstract hypothetical patterns. To reify these abstract patterns, i.e. talking about them in therapy as something concrete is usually experienced by both the therapist and the client as practical and effective as something concrete conveys that change is possible.

Source: Swedish Institute for Cognitive Psychotherapy

At New Beginning you can get help with depression, anxiety disorders, attachment disorders, substance abuse and relationship abuse using Schema therapy. 

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