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Schema Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide



The book is a practical guide valuable for any practice. It comes illustrated with many helpful examples to teach the reader how to handle schema modes using emotional, cognitive, and behavioral techniques.




Schema Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide



Dr. Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco is an expert in training other professionals in Schema Therapy. She is the first author of this book published internationally by Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.If you are a Christian seeking therapy, you will find that Dr. Chiara can offer you Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy. This is not a "new therapy", but a grounding of the evidenced based Schema Therapy on a Christian understanding of how God made us, and what He offers us. It utilizes the love and fruits of the Holy Spirit in the healing process as we are reborn more and more into Jesus' Model for each of us and for marriage.Schema Therapy integrates tools from cognitive, experiential (gestalt), psychoanalytic, and behavioral therapies under a comprehensive conceptualization. This allows the Dr. Chiara to use her tools of EMDR, Gottman Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Medical Analytical hypnotherapy, as appropriate, and geared to the needs of the client and/or couple. It is a depth therapy that resolves and heals with God's grace the underlying roots to chronic disconnection from spouse, others, low-self-esteem, self-criticism, anxiety, depressive symptoms and the like. It also helps through an experiential encounter with Jesus in guided imagery, in His Biblical Word, and through the therapist, to "re-parent" and heal childhood wounds. In couples' therapy, and even in online therapy, Dr. Chiara can take a more guiding stance to steer a couple into experiencing some positive interactions even in situations that are deeply troubling or involve a history of bad behaviors. We can push judgmental attitudes out of the therapy room, and work to align the partners on one side together, actually working with Dr. Chiara in the healing process for each other. During this time of COVID-19, we often can still be quite effective together. I am able to securely email you handouts and worksheets that give you assignments to reflect on and a roadmap in between sessions. I have been trained in online psychotherapy, and have been part of an international group on online schema therapy for a number of years. I encourage you to try it out and see if it can be a fit for you and your spouse!Besides the website below, you can also find more information at: -centeredschematherapy.comPlease note:While Dr. Simeone-DiFrancesco has taken training in the Gottman Method of couples therapy, I want you to know that I am completely independent in providing you with clinical services and I alone am fully responsible for those services. The Gottman Institute or its agents have no responsibility for the services you receive.


Schemas are the cognitive structures or memory representations that contain our experiences and learning, for example, about ourselves, other people, attitudes, social roles, norms, and events. In our ongoing effort to form meaning, we draw on our knowledge of past situations to guide us in what to pay attention to, what interpretations to make, and how to respond. Findings from each new experience then become recorded as updates to our existing network of schemas. Language, culture, and structure play pivotal roles in the development, communication, and enactment of schemas (Hannover & Kuhnen, 2009; Lau, Lee, & Chiu, 2004).


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is the only disorder to datefor which the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) treatmentguidelines specify psychotherapy as the treatment of choice. (1) Over thepast decades, many evidence-based therapies have been developed to addressBPD: psychotherapies based on cognitive-behavioral models (dialecticalbehavior therapy and schema-focused therapy) and on psychodynamic models(mentalization-based therapy, transference-focused psychotherapy, and dynamicdeconstructive psychotherapy). (2-6) 041b061a72


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