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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 3: 11.45 - 12.15


ASD and ADHD in Schema Therapy Clinical Practice

with Gry Secher

As clinicians in schema therapy, we commonly encounter clients with undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Oftentimes our knowledge of how these neurotypes show in people not disabled by them is too minute to identify them and provide the important psychoeducation and referrals for medication that they may need.

We may also see clients in our practice who barely make it through everyday life due to ADHD and/or ASD, even though they may have been treated for many other diagnoses in the psychiatric system. However, they may have never fbeen diagnosed for their underlying ADHD and/or ASD symptoms that amplified their dysfunctional schemas and modes to begin with.

In this presentation, Gry will go through some important points regarding people with these neurotypes, helping you identify them in your clinical practice. Next, Gry will give some examples of why their basic emotional needs in childhood and youth are often times not sufficiently met, leading to the formation of dysfunctional schemas and modes. Finally, Gry will discuss how you can treat your clients when you suspect underlying ADHD and/or ASD symptoms.

About the Presenter

Gry Secher

Gry is a licensed psychologist, MSc, with a Ph.D. in psychiatry. Starting in 2004, she worked with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), followed by schema therapy in private practice as well as in the public psychiatric hospital system in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Gry studied for one year during her master's work at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, within the Department of Psychology, gaining an interest in research. For her Ph.D., she partook in a 10-year follow-up of 547 patients diagnosed within the schizophrenic spectrum, randomized for the OPUS-trial comparing assertive community treatment with treatment as usual. 

In the public psychiatric hospital system within Denmark, Gry conducted group and individual schema therapy for personality disorders as well as psychiatric differential diagnostic evaluations of patients.

She currently runs a private individual and couples schema therapy practice in downtown Copenhagen and is an active member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

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