Saturday, 11 May 2013

Letter To My Psychologist.

How does this sound? I don't want to seem as though I am writing it off and being negative.

Psychologist,

I've managed to read quite a bit about schema therapy and feel quite positive about it. I think it would be a lot more suitable to me than DBT.

From reading articles on it and looking at the questionnaire I think it's pretty obvious that there are a few maladaptive schemas. But, I do have a couple of concerns about it.

It seems as though it places a huge emphasis on childhood and childhood negative experiences. A couple of things are that of failure. While I do have feelings that I am inadequate compared to my peers and that I don't match up to them this is not as what researchers would say. In that I wasn't given enough support, was expected to fail, was treated as stupid or never taught discipline. The same goes for the dependence/incompetence schema. I do rely on others before making a decision and their opinions do greatly influence the decision I make. But this is not my parents didn't encourage me to act independently or develop confidence in my ability to care of myself. These are just a couple of a few.

Because a big emphasis is placed on childhood, which I don't really see to be an issue, I am worried it is going to make problems out of nothing.

I've also read that the success of it is strongly related to the duration and intensity of it. So, I suppose I am questioning the likelihood of it being effective. One study I read compared SFT to TFP and showed only 45% full recovery and 70% improvement and this was based on 2 sessions a week over 3 years. Also that it can take up to a year to notice any benefits at all.

However, even with these concerns, I think I would like to give it  good go as it does seem a lot more suited to me.

Cheers

GP.

Please give me some input on this before I send it. It doesn't sound too negative and that I am finding faults before I have even given it a go? I do want to do it, I just have concerns.

2 comments:

Sheri Weinberg said...

Sounds good to me. I've never heard of it, would you be willing to write a guest post about it on my blog after you've had some experience with it?

Golden Psych said...

Yeah sure. Although before I get anything out of it, it will be a while. But yeah, just remind me when you want me to.