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Schema Therapy with Couples: A Practitioner's Guide to Healing Relationships



Schema Therapy with Couples: A Practitioner's Guide to Healing Relationships

Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, Eckhard Roediger, Bruce A. Stevens

ISBN: 978-1-118-97271-7 July 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 304 Pages


Schema Therapy for Couples represents the first practitioner guide to detail effective Schema Therapy techniques in couple and relationship therapy.

  • Shows how the distinctive features of ST make it ideal for addressing the cognitive and emotion-focused problems typical in couple relationships
  • Presents and integrates a series of innovative tools and interventions such as Schema Therapy with Needs versus Wants, Mode Cycle Clash Cards, limited re-parenting visualization, and chair work
  • Authored by an international team of experts in couples therapy and Schema Therapy

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About the Authors 3

Preface 4

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 What Schema Therapy Offers 9

Chapter 2 The Initial Contract and First Interview 19

Chapter 3 Relationship Assessments 32

Chapter 4 Understanding the Origins of Relational Styles 45

Chapter 5 Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice in Couple Therapy 55

Chapter 6 Schemas and Modes 64

Chapter 7 Approaching Schema Therapy for Couples 85

Chapter 8 Mode Mapping and Mode Cycle Clash-cards 95

Chapter 9 Interventions in Couple Treatment 117

Chapter 10 Common Problems in Couple Therapy, including Affairs, Forgiveness, and Violence 145

Chapter 11 Differentiating Needs from Wants, and the Challenge of Integration 181

Chapter 12 Building Friendship, Building the Healthy Adult 198

Appendix: Self-care for the Couple Therapist 210

References 216

Abbreviations 225

Index of Therapy Tools and Interventions 226

Index 228