Schema focused therapy is an integrative approach, founded on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), then expanded to include techniques and concepts from other psychotherapeutic approaches. Schema therapists assist clients in changing entrenched, self-defeating life patterns (or schemas) using interpersonal, cognitive, behavioural, and emotion-focused techniques. Therapy focuses on the relationship with the therapist, daily life outside of therapy, and traumatic childhood experiences impacting upon the client.
The main goals of schema focused therapy are to:
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