Schema Therapy Sydney

If you’ve been in a tough battle with burnout, stuck in repetitive negative relationship patterns, dealing with past traumatic events, long-term depression, perfectionism or have been feeling the weight of anxiety for a while now, schema therapy might just hold the key to helping break those recurring cycles. 

What is Schema Therapy?

As humans, we all have fundamental needs and possess a desire to connect, understand and grow. When life throws obstacles like neglect, trauma or loss our way, those desires often increase. 

Schema therapy is a long-to-medium approach aimed at addressing those persistent self-defeating patterns, called schemas, that are commonly rooted in our early life experiences.

Once developed, these schemas are often rigid and can include thoughts like “I’m not good enough”“I’m unlovable” and “people will leave me”. Such beliefs and related feelings often result in maladaptive forms of coping, which can result in significant dysfunction in a person’s life, such as problematic relationships and difficulties regulating emotions.

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The Therapeutic Process

Schema therapy is an interactive therapeutic approach that utilises a range of different methods (e.g., imagery, exposure) to help develop a different way of navigating life and relationships with yourself and others.  

Your clinician will work with you to build a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship to create a safe environment for therapy to take place. 

How Does Schema Therapy Work?

Schema therapy involves identifying core schemas that have developed over the course of your life, shaping how you think, feel and view yourself, others and the world. When stress hits, these schemas often pop up, triggering negative thoughts, tough emotions and memories.  

When faced with these triggers, we tend to bust out our survival toolkit with moves like avoidance, trying to please everyone or aiming for perfection. These strategies can actually make things worse down the road, but because these patterns are familiar, we keep using them, even when we know they come at a cost. 

In therapy, we dive into the defence mechanisms you’ve been using, with the goal of helping you grow personally and find better, more effective ways to handle life’s curveballs. 

Who Can Benefit from Schema Therapy?

As schema therapy is a versatile approach, targeting a wide range of emotional and psychological challenges, just about everyone can benefit from it. It is particularly effective for those who have not responded well to other forms of therapy, as it goes deeper into understanding the core emotional patterns. 

Some common issues that schema therapy can help with: 

  • Chronic depression 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Borderline personality disorder 
  • Relationship difficulties 
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Perfectionism 
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
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Your Questions Answered

Many people who come to our clinic have never seen a psychologist before, and don’t know what to expect. We’ve answered some of commonly asked questions to help you feel more at ease:

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