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Breaking Negative Relationship Patterns: A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book 1st Edition
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Schema Therapy (ST) was developed to treat patients with complex disorders, especially personality disorders, with a powerful new set of interventions. Personality disorders, as well as more general problems stemming from early experience and addressed by schema therapy, are a key factor in many disturbed relationships, and as a result ST is now increasingly used for couples work. By dealing effectively with the past, ST offers a unique way to approach and address present difficulties in relationships, Couples who understand their individual patterns of thinking and behavior tend to find that their relationships make much more sense.
Breaking Negative Relationship Patterns is a readable, practical resource containing a wealth of self-help exercises that schema therapists can recommend or give to their patients. It is the ideal resource for couples undergoing schema therapy, and can also serve as an accessible self-help guide for those experiencing relationship difficulties. The authors offer a complete ST-based model for understanding complex personal problems, along with couple-specific adaptations of core ST interventions such as limited reparenting, imagery re-scripting and behavioral pattern breaking.
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Bruce Stevens is Wicking Professor of Ageing and Practical Theology at Charles Sturt University. He was previously Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Canberra, Australia, and Founder of Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He was Chair of the Canberra section of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society, and gives APS-sponsored workshops on couple therapy throughout Australia.
Eckhard Roediger is a neurologist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a former chief physician of the Salus Klinik Hospital, and is currently Director of the Frankfurt Schema Therapy Institute and President of the ISST. He is author of several German language books on schema therapy.
Bruce Stevens and Eckhard Roediger are the co-authors (with Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco) of Schema Therapy with Couples: A Practitioner's Guide to Healing Relationships (Wiley, 2015).
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (October 31, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1119162823
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119162827
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.9 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #305,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #275 in Psychiatry (Books)
- #464 in Medical Clinical Psychology
- #480 in Medical Counseling
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Schema Therapy is a treatment modality that was developed to help folks "with entrenched, chronic psychological disorders who have heretofore been considered difficult to treat" (Young, Klosko, & Weishaar). It isn't used only for these folks, but that's the group it was originally conceptualized for. It has been found to be especially helpful for those with personality disorders (especially, borderline personality disorder) and is - to some degree - "Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Plus." Maybe it's better to say that Schema Therapy isn't "DBT+"; rather, where DBT seeks to help by providing techniques and enough insight to manage problems as they happen, Schema Therapy adds a psychodynamic aspect by adding an historical aspect (i.e., what happens when one is a child affects how one acts/reacts in the present) to provide context (the "why") to current problems. A bit simplistic, yes, but I'm gonna say that if one adds in a bit of Gestalt theory/therapy to this psychodynamically-informed cognitive theory you get Schema Therapy.
This offering from Wiley is really good. It builds on one of Wiley's previous offerings: ( Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns: A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book ). It's well-written, well-organized, and really comprehensive (packs quite a bit of info in its 257 pages of text).
Having said this, I'm not sure I agree with the cover's "come-on" (the sub-title states that is a "self-help and support book") for this simple reason: the person who could really benefit from Schema Therapy is the same person who would have a hard time sticking to the book's "program." I'm not saying this couldn't be used as an "everyday" self-help book, but for the "mildly neurotic" this might be overkill and not the best place to start. The book is also a bit technical so I wonder if a layperson (?) would find it a) off-putting and/or b) boring. For me, as an aspiring professional counselor, I found it a great read.
The caveat (not agreeing that this is a stand-alone, work-alone, self-help book) does not take away from my opinion that this is an excellent resource. 5 stars. It can stand alone as a resource for a client, but if you're a practitioner (or like me, an aspiring one) I would recommend Young, Klosko, & Weishaar (smile.amazon.com/Schema-Therapy-Practitioners-Jeffrey-Young/dp/1593853726) at a minimum to supplement this reviewed book.
Schema therapy is based on a rather complex, highly structured system of schemas ("like short video clips storing complex memories, including intense emotional and bodily reactions") and modes (in my own limited understanding, various styles of parent, adult, and child behaviors that we revert to when triggered). I found the intricacy of this system both compelling and thought provoking, offering very practical tools for analyzing, understanding, and confronting relationship conflicts as well as personal problems. The authors offer a system of labels for emotional states we experience, as well as very specific steps for finding one's way to a calm center "Healthy Adult)" in the midst of emotional storms, in order to think clearly and take effective action. Each chapter ends with a good summary and suggestions for further reading.
On the con side, this is a method that demands a fair amount of concentration and effort on the part of the reader. There is a fair amount of jargon to wade through. Sometimes in the examples given,the connections between current troubles and childhood lacks seem a bit forced.
Still, much of this material continues to resonate in my mind a week or two after reading the book. Recommended to those with the energy and interest to read slowly and follow through. Five stars for the material itself and four for the presentation equals 4.5 stars.
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Great introduction to schema therapy for relationships.
The first parts discussing personality disorders will probably have someone reading this ,hoping to repair problems in their relationship , totally aghast . This is something to discuss with a proffesional not self diagnosing and not helpful to someone hoping to self grow or cope better in relationships .
For a therapist it is a moderately helpful book , although there are better out there on scheme therapy .
It is well written and has many examples of what kind of processes are needed in the Therapy.
None of this will work in Self Help.
Having had some session f Schema therapy in the past I know that it is not in any way a Self Help type of Therapy.
It's heavy going in places, as you would expect given the subject matter! A lot of work is involved and I would suggest this type of book is best used in conjunction with a practised therapist. It's not really self-help, more a tool to use in therapy.