Schema Therapy is a therapeutic approach that brings together elements from cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment and object relations theories, and Gestalt end experiential therapies. ( Schema Therapy (ST) aims to bring about schema change – that is, to alter patterns of belief that individuals have derived about themselves, other individuals and social groups, and various situations from early experiences and that now interfere with their cognitive, emotional, and behavioural functioning. (

ST aims to help patients understand their core emotional needs and to learn ways of meeting those needs adaptively. It also 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 is used to treat individuals with chronic psychological conditions, such as personality disorders, eating disorders, and intractable couples’ problems. It has also been used for relapse prevention of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. (