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Limited Reparenting at the Heart of Interventions for BPD

by Gillian Heath & Helen Startup 


BPD patients have often endured severe and complex traumas and, combined with a typically sensitive temperament, struggle with attachment related schemas and modes. These patients’ sensitivity, however, is also a strength to be harnessed in the therapy relationship, as they feel, with their therapist, the essence of limited reparenting through a connection to their needs and their Vulnerable Child. This workshop will focus on how to attune to and formulate your patient’s unmet needs for reparenting and how to provide emotionally corrective experiences within the therapy relationship, imagery and chair work. The workshop will also cover creative innovations including the use of the symbolic mode figures, somatic/body-focussed methods and play. The workshop will include experiential work, live demonstration and role play with a range of common modes in BPD including strong dysfunctional critics, avoidant / angry coping modes, the enraged child and the abandoned/defective vulnerable child. There will be ample opportunity for live practice and group discussion.

About the Presenters:

Gillian Heath:

Dr Gill Heath is co-director of Schema Therapy Associates Training, an ISST approvedtraining programme since 2012. She is co-creator of the Schema Therapy Toolkit, a set oftraining videos that has been well received across the globe and together with Dr TaraCutland Green, she recently co-authored a chapter on Schema Therapy inThe Handbookof Adult Clinical Psychology – An Evidence Based Practice Approach(Routledge, 2ndEdition, 2016). She is an author and co-editor of the forthcoming book Creative Methods inSchema Therapy: Advances and Innovation in Clinical Practice(Routledge, in press).She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with a background in the NHS and IndependentPractice and originally trained in Schema Therapy with Jeffery Young. She specialises inworking with personality-level difficulties and eating disorders, as well as working withmore general mental health problems such as anxiety and depression  

Helen Startup:

Dr Helen Startup is Consultant Clinical Psychologist and joint Head of Psychology for the Sussex Partnership NHS Eating Disorders Service, she is also an honorary Senior Lecture with Sussex University. Prior to Clinical training she completed a PhD in Psychological Mechanisms of Anxiety. She recently co-authored A Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy Workbook for Treating Anorexia Nervosa (Routledge) which is a NICE adopted psychological intervention. Together with Dr Gill Heath, she is co-editor of the forthcoming book Creative Methods in Schema Therapy: Advances and Innovation in Clinical Practice (Routledge). She is an accredited CBT therapist/supervisor and Advanced level Schema Therapist.  She Co-Directs Schema Therapy School UK LTD, which offers specialist schema therapy workshops and accreditation training in the UK.


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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