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  • 06 Nov 2019
  • (UTC-03:00)
  • 07 Nov 2019
  • (UTC-03:00)
  • London


Two-day workshop: 6-7th November, 2019
The BPS, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE, United Kingdom

with Dr Helen Startup and Janis Briedis, Applied Psychologists

Guilt and shame are complex emotional reactions associated with a wide range of presentations, notably depression, eating disorders, complex grief, anxiety, obsessionality, complex trauma, dissociation and personality disorder.  Schema therapy is an integrative, person-centred approach that offers a way of conceptualising and working with these complex emotions that is containing and yet effective at evoking relatively quick change at an emotional level. 

During this two-day workshop we will support delegates to identify and conceptualise guilt and shame within the framework of a schema mode formulation, drawing on multiple clinical case examples. We will guide delegates to practice imagery re-scripting, chair work and other specific techniques tailored to address guilt and shame.  We will consider the role of guilt and shame in complex trauma, including the integration of body-focused techniques to identify and target trauma reactions encoded at a non-verbal level.  We will also draw on compassion-focused methods to compliment the standard schema therapy approach. This is a highly experiential workshop, brought to life by live role play demonstrations and original video materials.

Workshop Aims:

  • To recognise shame and guilt reactions and to conceptualise them via a schema mode formulation, focusing largely on the relationships between Punitive, Guilt-inducing and Invalidating Critic modes, in relation to Coping modes and Child mode.
  • To consider specifically the differing conceptualisations of shame and guilt across presentations of: depression, eating disorders, anxiety, obsessionality, complex trauma, dissociation and personality disorder.
  • To learn about chair techniques and imagery methods to directly target shame and guilt.
  • To integrate body-focussed techniques drawing on strategies from sensorimotor psychotherapy  as well as compassion-focused methods to support the development of a strong, compassionate and assertive Healthy Adult mode


Dr Helen Startup is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  She is co-lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies for the Sussex Eating Disorders Service. She is a founder and co-director of the Sussex Parenting Clinic which is a recently commissioned service set up to support the parenting needs of adults who are seeking help for their own mental health difficulties.  Helen is an accredited CBT therapist/supervisor and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer, and is passionate about improving outcomes for those with complex mental health needs. 

Janis Briedis is a Counselling Psychologist and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer, working in private practice in London and having worked in a complex case service in the NHS for over a decade. He is a trained CBT, EMDR, compassion-focussed and sensorimotor therapist working with complex cases. Janis has taught Schema Therapy, CBT, trauma-focussed approaches and mindfulness in the NHS as well as the academic setting, and is a visiting lecturer at a number of universities in the UK.

For more details see: www.schematherapyschool.co.uk

Email: info@schematherapyschool.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 77 3493 1562 (Janis Briedis)

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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