Schema Therapy

by Harley Therapy
Reviewed by Dr Sheri Jacobson

Struggling with relationship issues, depression, anxiety and/or a personality disorder? Schema therapy may be right for you.

Schema therapy combines theories and practices from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis, attachment theory and emotionally-focused therapy. You’ll work with your therapist to understand your schemas, break negative patterns of thinking/behaving and find positive ways to cope.

What are schemas?

Schemas (sometimes called early maladaptive schemas) are long-lasting and unhelpful patterns that usually develop when your 'core' emotional needs are not fulfilled in childhood. Some of these 'core' needs include:

  • feeling a sense of safety and attachment to others
  • freedom of self-expression
  • being able to play/be spontaneous
  • growing up in an environment where age-appropriate limits and boundaries were enforced

Maladaptive schemas developed in childhood - and the coping behaviours you developed as a young person to deal with them - can contribute to problematic coping methods and behaviours throughout life, if they aren’t addressed.

Why choose Harley Therapy?

All of the private UK schema therapists on are insured, qualified and experienced. We also guarantee:

  • Automatic online payments for sessions
  • Simple 48-hour cancellation policy
  • In-person or online schema therapy with a qualified therapist
  • 5-stars reviews from over 5,000 clients
  • No-quibble satisfaction guarantee

Session Guarantee

If you don't feel satisfied with your first session for any reason, we'll offer you a session with an alternative therapist at our expense.

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