Log in


Authenticity and Openness in the Supervisee-Supervisor Relationship

by MF Van Vreeswijk and M.Boog


* Becoming more aware of the role of limited reparenting in the supervisor-supervisee relationship
* Becoming aware of how schemas and modes influence the way we work together and give feedback to our supervisees * Feeling more able to give difficult feedback to the supervisee in a Healthy Adult way.

Teaching Methods:

70% of the workshop will be focused on experienced based learning by the participants of the workshop via imagery exercises, role play and chair technique. 30% of the workshop will be used for Powerpoint and giving examples as role model.

Learning Objectives:

Supervisors who are more aware of how their schemas and modes relate to openness and authenticity will be more easily able to make well profound choices. They will be more aware of how schemas and modes influence the way we work together and give feedback to supervisees.

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Van Vreeswijk, M. F. (in press). Authenticity and Personal Openness in the Therapy Relationship. Creative Methods in Schema Therapy: Advances and Innovation in Clinical Practice (eds. G. Heath & H. Startup). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Schema therapy is all about the interaction between temperament, upbringing and (traumatic) experiences in the family and or the environment / at school. Schemas emerge because of the lack of fulfilling the basic needs. The literature describes schemas, coping and modes, but not sexuality.  It is our experience that this theme is important in therapy and essential to elaborate. Sexuality is all about self-esteem, fear of rejection and abandonment, identity, intimacy, and distance. When we talk about sexuality in therapy, we learn more about the core themes of the patient, his schemas, and modes. How can you bring this subject up in therapy? Is it possible to use ST language? Which exercises can you use? In this skills class, we will teach you to be comfortable talking about this subject.
We developed a two-year tapering treatment plan in phases. After one year of therapy, they reach the phase referred to as puberty, and we talk for a few weeks about sexuality. The client has grown and can talk about sexuality. He /she can discover what he likes or dislikes. We do experiential exercises with demanding and punitive parents, detached protectors and self-soothers. In this model, a punitive side is forcing the patient to discover dangerous forms of sexuality because he thinks he is worthless or because he is afraid of setting limits. This workshop will help you talk about sexuality with clients, give you a framework for doing this and encourage you to develop additional experiential exercises to use in individual and group therapy.  Attendees at this workshop may choose patients from their case load. We look at how to regulate tension, intimacy, and distance, how to feel emotions and reflect on them, how to make healthy choices in behavior. 

Level of Experience Required for Participants: 

Intermediate / Advanced ST Therapists

About the Presenters:

MF Van Vreeswijk:

coming soon


coming soon

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.

"Be the Change You Help Create"

Whether you are a clinician, researcher, educator, or a supporter, we have a place for you in our community. Visit our "Join us" page to find out more about the many benefits ISST offers, and to apply for membership now.
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software