What is the theory behind this schema therapy worksheet?
Schemas are unhealthy patterns that are developed during childhood when an individual’s emotional needs are not met. These schemas can affect them throughout life and contribute to problematic thinking, coping strategies and behaviors. Schema therapy deals with such patterns. It aims to target those maladaptive schemas by helping individuals meet those unmet needs alternatively in a healthy manner.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will help the client process intense emotions, and past experiences you have not dealt with. These can be brought into greater awareness. This process allows you to reflect your thoughts and feelings and possibly re-frame your narrative, and find a way to forgive, let go and move on with life in a healthy manner.
How to use this worksheet?
To use this worksheet, write about what your significant other did or didn’t do what was painful or traumatic during your childhood? what you hoped for at the time from the parent or the significant other. What do you wish for now? Add any other thing that you want to add.
Printable schema therapy worksheet (PDF)
Kellogg, S.H. and Young, J.E. (2006), Schema therapy for borderline personality disorder. J. Clin. Psychol., 62: 445-458. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.20240
Young, J. E., Klosko, J. S., & Weishaar, M. E. (2003). Schema therapy: A practitionerʹs guide. The Guilford Press.
You can download this worksheet here.