Schema therapy is an innovative, integrated therapeutic approach, originally developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young as an expansion of traditional cognitive-behavioural treatments.
The schema therapy approach draws from cognitive-behavioural therapy, attachment theory, psychodynamic concepts, and emotion-focused therapies. In comparison to cognitive-behavioural therapy, schema therapy emphasizes lifelong patterns, affective change techniques, and the therapeutic relationship, with special emphasis on limited reparenting.
Schema therapy is particularly well-suited for difficult, so called resistant clients with entrenched, chronic psychological disorders, including personality disorders (including BPD and narcissism), eating disorders, intractable couples problems, and criminal offenders. It is also effective for relapse prevention in depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.