Schema Therapy Experiential Skills Masterclass

5-6th february 2018, London, EC2A 4UE

This experiential skills masterclass is designed for therapists with some understanding of the schema model who wish to enhance their clinical practice via the mastery of schema therapy experiential methods. Through live demonstration and group practice we will support attendees to feel confident with imagery work and chair work, as well as the relational aspects of limited reparenting and empathic confrontation.


Dr Helen Startup is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 

She oversees personality disorder research for the trust and is a founder and co-director of the Sussex Parenting Clinic which is a recently commissioned service set up to support the parenting needs of adults who are seeking help for their own mental health difficulties. 

She is an accredited CBT therapist and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer, and is passionate about improving outcomes for those with complex mental health needs. 


Janis Briedis is a Counselling Psychologist and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer, working in private practice in London and having worked in a complex case service in the NHS for over a decade. He is a trained CBT, EMDR, compassion-focussed and sensorimotor therapist working with complex cases. Janis has taught Schema Therapy, CBT, trauma-focussed approaches and mindfulness in the NHS as well as the academic setting, and is a visiting lecturer at a number of universities.



Cost: £345 for 2-day workshop (£315 early bird discount until 5th December 2017)

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two-day workshop in CROYDON

18-19th September 2017

with Dr Helen Startup and Janis Briedis, Applied Psychologists

This is a unique workshop designed for clinicians with experience in cognitive behavioural approaches who are interested in expanding their skills for working with individuals with complex needs and where there are significant relational challenges. The workshop will cover fundamental concepts and techniques of schema theory and therapy including the assessment of schemas, mode mapping, and experiential interventions including chair work and imagery techniques, and strategies for their integration within time-limited CBT.

Early bird rate (until end of August 2017) for the complete two day workshop £325 (£365 thereafter)

For more details see:

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Telephone: 077 3493 1562 (Janis Briedis)

Schema Therapy (ST)

Schema Therapy is an integrative model with influences from object relations theory, attachment theory, Gestalt psychology and also from cognitive behavioural therapy.  It was borne out of the conviction that all children require certain basic needs to be met in order for them to go on to develop as psychologically healthy adults.

Where needs are not met the ‘lenses’ through which we come to view the world (called schema) get constrained in the direction of making negative predictions about ourselves, other people and the world around us. 

For example, if we experienced neglect or an emotionally deprived early life, or we were constantly criticised or put down, we may develop a sense that we are ‘defective’, or as though we’ll be left or ‘abandoned’ at any moment.  Individuals then learn to manage their ‘schemas’ and essentially carve their life and relationships around the predictions of these schema. 

For example, you might avoid relationships altogether so that you don’t risk having to feel the terror of abandonment, but ultimately feel empty or lonely.  Or you may ‘over compensate’ for feeling defective by working really hard all the time only to end up feeling exhausted and resentful. Becoming aware of our core schema and how we manage them is a critical first step. 

Schema therapy offers a program of interventions to help you work towards interacting with the world in ways that support you to meet your life goals.

Schema therapy tends to be longer in duration than CBT, but the number of sessions needed will depend on the difficulties you experience and the goals you set. This is worth talking through at assessment with your therapist.

Schema therapy might be useful for you if your struggles have been relatively long lasting or recurring, such as repeated relationship difficulties, chronic depression or anxiety, problems with anger or an unclear sense of personal identity.

If you would like to get in touch to discuss schema therapy as an option please make contact either via email or phone.

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