Christof Loose, Peter Graaf, Gerhard Zarbock, Ruth A. Holt

Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents


A Practitioner’s Guide

Schema therapy has become a hot topic within CBT and psychotherapy. This is the first book to adapt schema therapy for the needs of children and young people, written by the pioneers of the approach and including extensive clinical material.



Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents – A Practitioner’s Guide

Schema therapy, built on the fulfilment of basic human needs across key stages of the life span, has attracted high interest among practitioners and commissioners for its high success rates over relatively brief courses of treatment. This book presents the first guide to adapting schema therapy for children and young people. It describes a wide range of innovative child- and parent-specific techniques, with detailed information on how to apply them across five key stages from infancy to the age of 23. Guidance is provided on how to enact age-appropriate schema dialogues, using play to reinforce or replace imagery rescripting, and case studies bring the material to life. The book also breaks new ground in moving beyond the core relationship to ‘schema coaching’ – the education and support of key carers in recognising an individual child’s needs and the maladaptive patterns that may be caused or exacerbated by their own schemas.



Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents will be useful to practitioners at a range of training and experience levels including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers and creative therapists. It will be of particular interest to those working in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), and those using schema therapy with adults. It will also benefit clinical researchers and students of CBT and psychotherapy.



ISBN: 9781912755820
Publication: July 2020

Provisional Chapters:

Foreword by Eckhard Roediger

Editors’ Preface

  1. Applying Schema Therapy to Children and Adolescents (ST-CA): The Basics
  2. Schema Therapy from Infancy to Early Childhood
  3. Schema Therapy for Preschool-Aged Children
  4. Schema Therapy for Primary School Children
  5. Schema Therapy with Adolescents
  6. Schema Therapy with Young Adults
  7. Basic Principles of Schema Therapy
  8. Starting Schema Therapy
  9. Play- and Story-based Schema Therapy
  10. Schema Therapy using Drawings, Puppets and Chair Work
  11. Schema Therapy using the “Inner House” and Imagery
  12. Homework, Flashcards and Diaries
  13. Parents and the Family System from a Schema Therapy Perspective
  14. Assessing Parent Schemas and Modes
  15. Interventions with Parents
  16. Group Schema Therapy with Children and Adolescents





Christof Loose is a Clinical Psychologist, CBT for Children and Adolescents, Advanced level certified Schema Therapist for Children & Adolescents; Supervisor and Trainer (ISST e.V.) Christof works in his own Private Practice and is affiliated mainly with the Institute for Schema Therapy in Cologne (IST-K), and in research with Institute of Experimental Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf.

Peter Graaf is a child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Werner Otto Institute, Hamburg, a family-oriented institution focused on helping children with a range of difficulties.

Gerhard Zarbock is a clinical psychologist, certified CBT-, Schema- and DBT-therapist, and Director of the Institute for Behavioural Therapy Training in Hamburg, Germany.

Ruth A. Holt is a supervisor in the University of Canberra Psychology Clinic, and Principal of Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology. She is a Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.


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