Why Schema Therapy?

Trying to choose between psychotherapies can be mind-boggling. There are so many different therapies available, each with their own peculiar methods and assumptions, that it can be hard to know where to start. Of course, most therapists believe in their own models, so if you ask them for advice they will tend to be rather biased. I would recommend you chose a form of therapy with good research evidence – but then, I happen to have spent over 5 years of my life delivering a research study into the effectiveness of Schema Therapy!

For more on the significant body of research evidence on the effectiveness of Schema Therapy, see this page.


Not for Everyone

Schema Therapy is not suitable for everyone. It involves contacting painful emotions and changing engrained patterns. This work can be challenging and unsettling. During the course of therapy you may realise that significant changes are needed in your life. Like many forms of psychotherapy, it can be a challenging and at times unsettling process. If you are in the middle of a significant crisis or facing significant immediate upheaval in your current life, it may not offer the most direct solution. It doesn’t major on providing a quick fix or teaching you to learn coping strategies. If this is what you need, then you may benefit from a more immediate, skills-focused approach such as DBT or solution-focused interventions.

Nonetheless, Schema Therapy can offer a highly effective treatment for many people who haven’t benefited from other approaches such as Counselling,  symptom-focused CBT,  DBT, Psychodynamic therapy and psychiatric interventions. It offers a powerful transformative approach for getting to the core of your feelings about yourself, other people and your life.

Schema Therapy may be suitable for you if:

  • You have experienced longstanding difficulties in your emotional life, relationships or behaviour;
  • You’d like to understand the links between your difficulties now and your past experiences;
  • You’re prepared to focus on painful feelings, ideas or memories during the course of therapy;
  • You’re willing to form a therapy relationship that offers you guidance and may challenge you;
  • You’re willing to consider changing any aspects of your life that may be needed for your health.