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Do schemas design a future life script - How do we decide our future from childhood and how can we change it?

by Cristina Sterie 


Schemas are patterns that develop in the past, as a response to the interaction of one's innate temperament, the environment in which they are growing and they way in which this environment responds to their needs. The way people manage these learnings from the past is not shaping only one's present, but also one's future. Without being totally aware, our schemas will script our future, despite our conscious desires.

Even if we want to admit it or not, we do write our life scripts early on, and our schemas play a big role in this. There are decisions that we make early on in our lives, that turn into coping modes later and influence the way we get trapped by our schemas.

This webinar will explore our early decisions in life and how they are influencing the way we live in the present and how we plan our future. It will focus on ways of assessing a possible life script that is made of more interconnected schemas and the modes that we use to preserve those schemas.

The novelty of this webinar will be integrating a semi-structured interview from Transactional Analysis that will help us discover the early decisions which will later transform in schemas and coping reactions to them. We will have the chance to observe how we can use this interview to identify early schemas and coping modes and how can we understand the life script based on them, so we can learn and change the narrative that is our life story.

About the Presenter:

Cristina Sterie

I live in Bucharest, Romania, where I run training courses in individual schema therapy through the Romanian Institute of Schema Therapy which I founded, together with other 2 colleagues. I have an experience of 16 years in private practice as a clinical psychologist and a CBT psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. I am the general secretary of the Association of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for 10 years and also provides trainings and workshops in CBT for 10 years. I am a registered clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the Romanian College of Psychologists and have worked with oncological patients in the Oncological Institute of Bucharest and with children in foster homes and abused children and youngsters within the social services. I have also trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis at Milton Erickson Foundation in Phoenix- Arizona, systemic therapy for families, brief strategic therapy, solution focused therapy, transactional analysis and trauma informed therapy.

I hold a master degree in clinical psychology and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and I am currently a PhD. student at the Romanian Academy.

In private practice I work with adults with different presentation and my work focuses mainly on personality disorders and trauma.

I’ve been teaching workshops on clinical psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis and trauma for 10 years now, in cooperation with other associations that provide psychological trainings in Romania. I am running therapy groups since 2007, working with combined modalities of therapies that I later found out were very similar to schema therapy and I am now in supervision as a group schema therapist.

I am an Advanced Schema Therapist, trainer and supervisor and I am the first person that got the certification in my country. I was the main organizer for schema therapy trainings in Romania and until now we already have 200 trainees only in Bucharest.

I am passionate about travelling, meeting new people and getting to know new places, I love reading and cooking, walking and drinking tea.

    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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