A broad range of approaches are used to suit each person's uniqueness. The approaches which are mainly used in my practice include schema therapy, psychodynamic therapy, Mentalising Based Treatment (MBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness based CBT, Relational Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy ( EFT), Internal Family System Therapy (IFS),Three Phase Trauma Therapy (Tri-Phasic treatment), mindfulness, etc.
From my personal perspective, psychotherapy is a kind of interpersonal interactive Art. It is felt like a Tango dance. The flow, dynamic and the speed are created by both therapists and clients. I like to mix the beautiful ingredients from various approaches to create a customised song tailored to each unique person's flow. If you have tried many other therapies which didn't work, let's try something together.
About Schema Therapy
Schema therapy (ST) is an integrative approach that brings together elements from cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment and psychoanalytic object relations theory, and Gestalt and experiential therapies. It was introduced by Jeff Young in 1990 and has been developed and refined since then. Schema therapy is considered an effective way of conceptualizing and treating personality disorders.
Schema therapy was developed for use in treatment of personality disorders and has been proved to be effective in treating chronic DSM Axis I disorders and milder personality issues, such as when patients fail to respond or relapse after having been through other therapies (for example, traditional cognitive behavioral therapy). Schema therapy has been applied effectively in treating a broad mental health illness, such as BPD, complex trauma, chronic depression, etc.
ST places more emphasis than traditional CBT upon the development of current symptoms.
ST emphasizes the therapist–patient relationship and its potential for corrective influence.
ST aims to help patients understand their core emotional needs and to learn ways of meeting those needs adaptively.
ST focuses extensively on the processing of memories of aversive childhood experiences, making use of experiential techniques to change negative emotions related to such memories
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. "Schema Therapy has been shown to be significantly more effective than traditional treatments for a broad range of personality disorders, contributing to real recovery, not just symptom reduction" The research shows that "The promise of schema therapy that it can deal with psychological problems largely ignored by mainstream cognitive behavior therapy, such as recurrent problems in intimate relationships and the processing of troublesome memories and patterns from childhood, is attractive".
Schema therapy contributes to "real recovery, defined not only by a reduction of symptoms, but by the creation of a life that is satisfying and of high quality, is undoubtedly appealing".