A Contextual View of the Therapeutic Relationship in Schema Therapy
by Eckhard Roediger
Contextual therapies is an overarching term tying so called 3rd wave therapies together based on an integrative metacognitive theory framework. Some of the key processes (coined into schema therapy terms) are supporting clients to take a mindful observer stance, experience and accept painful child mode emotions in a self-compassionate way, defuse from critic mode voices, distance from dysfunctional coping mode impulses, shift into a balanced Healthy Adult mode, connect with core needs and commit oneself to value-directed functional behaviour. These processes substantially add to the table of building Healthy adult skills. The keynote outlines how to play them out in therapy relationship oscillating between the 4 poles of contextualizing reflection, deep emotional processing, reparenting and empathic confrontation.
About the Presenter:
Eckhard Roediger has served on ISST's Executive Board since its inception in 2008, including as President (2014 - 2016) and Treasurer (2016 - present).Eckhard is a neurologist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, trained in psychodynamic and cognitive behavior therapy. Previously, he was the director of a psychosomatic department of a clinic in Berlin, Germany.
Eckhard has been in private practice since 2007, while also being the Director of the Schema Therapy Training Center in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Why Schema Therapy?
Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.