Schema Focused Therapy (SFT)

Schema Focused Therapy is an integrative evidence based talking therapy which incorporates the most effective aspects of cognitive, behaviour, interpersonal and object relations therapies. It changes destructive self-defeating thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour which people develop about themselves and their interpersonal relationships with others. These self-defeating patterns are known as ‘life traps’ and normally develop in childhood as a consequence of maltreatment or other negative life experiences.

SFT is a medium to long term psychological therapy which is particularly effective in treating long term psychological problems which may not have responded to previous short term therapies. It can be used to treat a range of long term psychological problems including chronic depression, anxiety and relationship problems.