Schema therapists help people to identify longstanding patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that are maladaptive and destructive. These deeper patterns or themes are known as ‘schemas’ or ‘lifetraps’ and typically begin early in life. Examples of these might be the feeling that ‘I am unlovable’, ‘not good enough’, ‘people shouldn’t be trusted’, ‘bad things are going to happen to me’ and so on…
Schema therapists will also work with moment to moment emotional states and coping responses known as ‘modes’. A mode is a physiological activation inside of us that we act out. This happens when we experience situations we are overly sensitive to, due to childhood core needs not having been met. Our ‘emotional buttons’ get pushed and we overreact and respond in ways that end up hurting us and others.
Central to Schema Therapy is the concept that children have core needs and that these hopefully get adequately fulfilled in childhood. Sadly, for many, this is not the case. A Schema therapist will help navigate, negotiate or neutralise problematic parts that have built up as a result, and heal, nurture and ‘reparent’ our most vulnerable part so as to get our core needs met.
Schema Therapy then, is about learning to reparent oneself in order to create a healthy adult who knows how to find healthy ways to get his or her core needs met.
And that is how I came to choose the logo for CPD-PSYCH, a shell bathed in the soothing colours of the region, whose layers reflect the sum of our various parts, with our most vulnerable part and core needs nestled deep inside.
I hope you will enjoy whatever program you choose.
Carla A. Shehfe
Founder and General Manager