Schema Therapy Limited Reparenting

What is Limited Reparenting?

Parenting WordsThe process of limited reparenting is at the heart of schema therapy and is one of its most unique and defining elements. Limited reparenting refers to the therapist helping you to meet your early childhood needs and establishing a secure attachment with you.

Limited reparenting flows directly from schema therapy’s assumption that early maladaptive schemas and modes arise when your core needs are not met. Schema therapy’s aim is to meet these needs by helping yout find the experiences that were missed in early childhood that will serve as an antidote to the damaging experiences that led to maladaptive schemas and modes. Limited reparenting, paralleling healthy parenting, involves the establishment of a secure attachment through the therapist, within the bounds of a professional relationship, doing what he/she can to meet these needs. Research spanning a wide range of disciplines supports the notion that secure attachment is at the root of adaptive functioning, well-being and flourishing.

How Does the Therapist Do Limited Reparenting?

Just as the process of parenting takes many different forms, limited reparenting may involve warmth and nurturance, firmness, self-disclosure, confrontation, playfulness, and setting limits, among other things. Schema therapy involves simultaneous tenderness and firmness through what is called “empathic confrontation.” It also varies depending on the phase of treatment. Schema therapy cannot be categorized by a particular stance such as neutrality, firmness or nurturance. Instead, schema therapy includes a broad range of responses by the therapist, flexibility, and the organization of these responses around your core needs.

What are the Key Steps in Limited Reparenting

Limited reparenting involves reaching the Vulnerable Child Mode. The therapist will be reassuring and protective of the vulnerable child. In contrast, the therapist will be firm with or setting limits on the avoidant and compensatory modes that block access to the vulnerable child modes or schemas. In addition, it often requires that the therapist help you fight punitive, demanding, or subjugating parent modes or schemas. Limited reparenting is  usually facilitated by the use of guided imagery, an experiential technique that allows the therapist to establish more direct emotional contact with the various modes and schemas.

How to Find Schema Therapy in San Jose/Saratoga and Sacramento/Roseville

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (San Jose/Saratoga) and Sacramento Valley (Roseville) specializes in schema therapy. Call us in Saratoga at (408) 384-8404 or in Roseville at (916) 778-0771 or Click to send an email for more information on how we can help you using schema therapy.

Silicon Valley and Sacramento Valley Communities We Serve

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley offers evidence-based therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders near the following Silicon Valley/San Jose communities:

San Jose Therapy CounselingSaratoga Therapy CounselingLos Gatos Therapy Counseling Monte Sereno Therapy Counseling • Cupertino Therapy CounselingCampbell Therapy CounselingMountain View Therapy CounselingLos Altos Therapy CounselingSunnyvale Therapy CounselingSanta Clara Therapy Counseling

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley offers evidence-based therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorders near the following Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities:

Sacramento Therapy CounselingRoseville Therapy Counseling • Rocklin Therapy Counseling • Granite Bay Therapy Counseling • Lincoln Therapy CounselingFolsom Therapy Counseling • Citrus Heights Therapy Counseling •  El Dorado Hills Therapy Counseling • Loomis Therapy CounselingGrass Valley Therapy Counseling  • Auburn Therapy Counseling

Saratoga: (408) 384-8404
Roseville: (916) 778-0771
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