Schema Therapy: A Gestalt-Oriented Overview

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The Online Journal for Gestalt Therapy


This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the contemporary use of schema therapy in both of its forms – schema-focused therapy and schema mode therapy. An integrative approach that draws from the cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, gestalt, and ego-state traditions in psychotherapy, there has been an increasing use of gestalt and experiential techniques as this therapy has developed. Originally created for patients with personality disorders and Axis I disorders that were nonresponsive to treatment, this treatment is now used for a wide array of problems. As an example, the model for treating borderline personality disorder is presented along with a case example using schema mode therapy. Potential areas of overlap and interaction between schema therapy and gestalt therapy are outlined, and dialogues between the two approaches are encouraged.

Schema-Therapy: A Gestalt-Oriented Overview, Gestalt!, Scott Kellogg, PhD