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SKILL CLASS 6 | DAY 1: 4.30 PM - 6.00 PM

Reconnecting Couples Through Imagery and Chair Dialogues

by Eckhard Roediger


This skills session provides a brief outline of the theoretical framework of couples schema therapy and introduces a simplified mode cycle model that includes core needs, basic emotions, resulting coping modes and finally the maladaptive mode cycle. Participants will learn a strategy to facilitate emotional reconnection through a specific chair dialogue focusing on the negative effect of the overcompensatory coping mode on the relationship, inducing self-reflection and rebalancing the client using multiple chairs. This strategy concludes with reconnecting the couple through an imagery float back to the beginning of their relationship. This technique will be demonstrated and practiced in role plays. Detailed instruction of the exercise will be provided. 

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 

Intermediate (Participants have had basic Schema Therapy Training) 

About the Presenter:

Eckhard Roediger

Eckhard Roediger 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. Since 2007, Eckhard has worked in his private practice, and is the Director of the Schema Therapy Training Center in Frankfurt. He has served on the ISST Board since 2008, including as President (2014-2016), and currently as Treasurer. Working on the conceptual background of Schema Therapy and its integration into Cognitive Behavior Therapy, couples therapy and integrating Mindfulness and ACT into Schema Therapy.


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.

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