Schema-focused cognitive therapy (ST) and borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Emerging evidence – there isn’t much evidence on this treatment option yet, but the research that has been carried out suggests that it could be helpful.

Schemas are beliefs that you usually form at an early age, and affect the way you think about yourself and the world. Schema-focused cognitive therapy aims to identify and change any of these beliefs that are unhelpful and might be contributing to your difficulties.

Your therapist will help you to explore and challenge any unhelpful beliefs you might have, which could help you to adapt better to difficult events, and deal better with anxiety.

There is not much evidence that schema-focused cognitive therapy can help with BPD, but there is some evidence that it can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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