Reading 1: Brockman et al (2023) Chapter 1 -From Core Emotional Needs to Schemas, coping Styles and Schema Modes: The Conceptual Model of Schema Therapy

Schema therapy is a powerful and effective approach in the field of psychology that helps individuals identify and change deep-seated negative patterns. In this course, we will be exploring the basic schema model, methods, and strategies that are essential to understanding and implementing schema therapy. To begin our journey, let's delve into the fundamental concepts and background of schema therapy.

At its core, schema therapy is based on the concept of schemas, which are deeply ingrained beliefs and emotional patterns that stem from early experiences and shape our thinking, feeling, and behavior. These schemas can be adaptive and helpful, but they can also become maladaptive and hinder our growth and happiness. By identifying and addressing these schemas, individuals can break free from negative patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

The development of schema therapy can be attributed to the work of Dr. Jeffrey Young. Drawing from various therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and attachment theory, Dr. Young expanded upon the concept of schemas and developed a comprehensive model that integrates cognitive, experiential, and behavioral techniques. This holistic approach allows therapists to address the underlying core beliefs, emotional needs, and coping strategies that contribute to individuals' psychological challenges.

This reading for week 1 outlines basic schema theory and concepts and the background for the development of schema therapy. The chapter is taken from the Cambridge Guide to Schema Therapy (2023)

We highly recommend schema therapists buy the full title as a reference text for your practice if schema becomes a big part of your practice..


Brockman, R. N., Simpson, S., Hayes, C., van der Wijngaart, R., & Smout, M. (2023). Cambridge Guide to Schema Therapy. Cambridge University Press.

Chapter 1 - Conceptual Model .pdf.pdf
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