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  • 7 video lectures, 7 hours total
  • 35 guided meditations, 10 hours total

What to Expect

We will systematically work to understand, attune with, and heal these schemas which largely compose insecure attachment.

The negative beliefs (the Schemas of Jeff Young’s Schema Therapy) are:

  1. Emotional Deprivation (the expectation that no one will understand you or be there for you emotionally)
  2. Defectiveness and Shame
  3. Social Isolation and Alienation
  4. Abandonment and Instability
  5. Emotional Inhibition (the tendency to repress and not express emotions or needs)
  6. Mistrust and Abuse

We will focus a full class and a meditation on each of one of these schemas with a greater emphasis on reflective integration (metacognition) than in previous attachment repair courses.

It is recommended to do the meditations daily or every other day during the week

Overview

This Self-Paced Course focuses on repairing early attachment conditioning through a series of guided meditations.  We will go after understanding and healing the core schemas (beliefs) that partly under-gird insecure attachment. This course will be very light on psycho-education and very heavy on experiential work/meditation. (the first two classes will have more theory, the last five will be less theory and more meditation.)

Attachment Theory describes one of the earliest phases of our psychological development. It describes the behaviors of the infant from ages 6 months to 3 years when it ventures away from the caregiver to explore and then goes back to seek safety, affection, and care from the ‘secure base’. This goes on to impact us for the rest of our live.

Attachment conditioning is foundational to our psychological health. When our foundational attachment strategy is insecure then we experience developmental problems with our exploratory abilities, self-development, emotional self-regulation and relationships with others.

According to Jeffery Young “An early maladaptive schema is a pervasive self-defeating or dysfunctional theme or pattern of memories, emotions, and physical sensations, developed during childhood or adolescence and elaborated throughout one’s lifetime, that often has the form of a belief about the self or the world.” Jeffrey Young also calls the schemas “life traps”. We will work towards healing and dismantling them in this program!

Details about modalities

Research into Schema Therapy indicates it is effective at treating grave psychological disorders like complex PTSD, personality disorders, treatment resistant depression and anxiety, and substance abuse issues.

To this point, schema therapy was developed by Jeffrey Young in response to seeing how traditional Beckian Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) did not yield satisfactory results for patients with more serious disturbances like personality disorders.

Said differently, the techniques and frame works used in this program are very effective even for difficult cases.

Ideal Parent Figure Protocol, developed by Dan Brown, has been found to be effective for moving people with insecure attachment to secure attachment after repeated sessions.

We’ll also draw from Coherence Therapy. We’ll take the position that there is coherent reason for our ‘neurosis’ and negative beliefs.  We won’t fight those against those. Rather we’ll seek to understand the problematic beliefs and resulting ‘neurotic’ coping mechanisms.

Additionally, we’ll also integrate some elements of Metacognitive Inter Personal Therapy, Mentalization Based Treatment, and the Core Conflict Relationship Themes Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Course Structures: Schemas, Psycho-Education and Guided Meditations

Schemas

We will do psycho-education and reparative meditations on each the following schemas:

  • Defectiveness & Shame (dismissing schema)
  • Social Isolation (dismissing schema)
  • Emotional Deprivation (schema common to all types of insecure attachment)
  • Abandonment & Instability (preoccupied schema)
  • Emotional Inhbition
  • Mistrust & Abuse (disorganized schema)

Moreover we’ll investigate how each of these schemas manifest as behaviors (schema modes); particularly the coping modes of surrender, avoidance, and overcompensation. We’ll see how within these schemas there particular models of self, other, and world. We’ll investigate these structures within the schemas. Then we’ll regress back to the vulnerable child mode and feel into the schema, studying how it was brought about through difficult childhood experiences. Then we’ll reparent the vulnerable child in those difficult experiences.

Psycho-Education

We will start the first two weeks with a brief lecture on attachment theory, attachment repair, and Schema Therapy. Then, before each Schema oriented meditation guidance, we will do a brief psycho-education on that particular schema drawing both from Jeffrey Young’s Schema Theory and Attachment Theory.

Moreover, in this course we’ll focus more on metacognitive integration within the guided meditations

  • Metacognitive skills
    • Mentalization of Fonagy & Bateman, et al.
    • Metacognitive skills of Dimaggio et al.
    • Reflective Integration of Crittenden & Landini
    • Core Conflict Relationship Themes of Luborsky et al.

Guided Meditations

Guided meditation will be the primary means for working through the schemas. We will be taking an attachment theory based re-parenting approach in the guided meditation. These meditations will give us a corrective emotional experiences. The “perfect nurturers” will reparent our inner, vulnerable child in the meditation. These meditations will help us remap the ‘internal working model of attachment’.

We will apply each of these meditations to each the five schemas listed above:

  • Schema Repatterning Meditation, a meditation in which our “perfect nurturers” reparent our inner, vulnerable child with a heavy focus on metacognitive integration.
  • Tong Len, a Tibetan Buddhist compassion meditation. This will help us cultivate compassion generally and also particularly around the schema in question. Moreover, by considering how others suffer with the same schemas we will see how we are not alone in our difficulties. This helps to normalize the painful experience of the schemas. Moreover, compassion around our shared difficulties further builds solidarity and a sense connection with others.

Who is this For

This program is for those of us who...

  • Have insecure attachment
  • Are looking to improve our psychological health, especially if we have tried other healing modalities with disappointing results
  • Have troubles with expressing vulnerability and needs
  • Difficulties with intimate relationships
  • Want to optimize our psychological health
  • Want to understand the early foundations of our psychological development
  • Have had trouble consolidating gains in meditation practice in spite of lots of dedicated meditation practice
  • Have difficulties with emotional regulation

Benefits & Outcomes

These are some of the benefits you will have by the end of the program

Theoretical Understanding

  • Understanding the path to “earned secure attachment”
  • The importance of your personal explorations as a source for meaning in your life and more clarity on how to proceed in life towards those explorations and goals.
  • Understanding of how attachment forms an important foundation of adult mental health
  • Familiarity with Jeffrey Young’s core Schemas
  • More understanding of the modes/parts from a schema therapy perspective.
  • Understanding of metacognitive skills
    • Mentalization of Fonagy & Bateman, et al.
    • Metacognitive skills of Dimaggio et al.
    • Reflective Integration of Crittenden & Landini
    • Core Conflict Relationship Themes of Luborsky et al.

Psychological

  • A better ability to observe your mind with metacognitive awareness as a result of the mentalization exercises peppered through the guided meditations.
  • Better able to do emotional regulation on the spot in your daily life with ‘micro-hits’ of meditation
  • Less blame of self or others
  • Greater understanding and compassion for psychological problems and vulnerabilities that affect you and others.
  • Less identification with your psychological maladies and quirks (ego-dystonia with your maladaptive schemas).
  • A more coherent and realistic understanding of the role your childhood experiences had in producing your adult personality.

For your relationships

  • Understanding of how attachment conditioning unconsciously drives your relationship behaviors
  • Greater valuing of attachment/connection itself.
  • Better understand of relationship dynamics
  • Less social anxiety
  • Greater ability and permission to be vulnerable and admit wanting closeness (dismissing/disorganized)

Included Files:

1

Basics of Attachment and Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Basics of Attachment and Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Video
68 mins

Tong Len on Comfort and Safety

Meditation
9 mins

Tong Len on Comfort and Safety

Meditation
9 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
18 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
17 mins
2

Emotional Deprivation and Metacognitive Integration

Emotional Deprivation and Metacognitive Integration

Video
52 mins

Attuning to Your Own Need for Comfort and Safety

Meditation
6 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
6 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Defectiveness and Shame

Meditation
29 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Defectiveness and Shame

Meditation
29 mins
3

Defectiveness And Shame

Defectiveness And Shame

Video
57 mins

Safety and Comfort

Meditation
10 mins

Safety and Protection

Meditation
8 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Emotional Deprivation

Meditation
31 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Emotional Deprivation

Meditation
30 mins
4

Social Isolation and Alienation

Social Isolation and Alienation

Video
46 mins

Basic Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
6 mins

Basic Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
6 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Social Isolation and Alienation

Meditation
38 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Social Isolation and Alienation

Meditation
38 mins
5

Abandonment and Instability

Abandonment and Instability

Video
59 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
10 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
8 mins

Chairwork on Abandonment and Instability

Meditation
10 mins

Chairwork on Abandonment and Instability

Meditation
11 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Abandonment and Instability

Meditation
34 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Abandonment and Instability

Meditation
34 mins
6

Emotional Inhibition

Emotional Inhibition

Video
60 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement with Expressing What Is Unspeakable

Meditation
10 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement with Expressing What Is Unspeakable

Meditation
9 mins

Chairwork on Emotional Inhibition Schema

Meditation
11 mins

Chairwork on Emotional Inhibition Schema

Meditation
11 mins

Chairwork on Emotional Inhibition Schema

Meditation
11 mins

Tong Len

Meditation
8 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on Emotional Inhibition Schema

Meditation
29 mins
7

Mistrust and Abuse

Mistrust and Abuse

Video
65 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement on Attunement

Meditation
10 mins

Perfect Nurturer Reinforcement

Meditation
8 mins

Chairwork on Mistrust and Abuse

Meditation
15 mins

Chairwork on Mistrust and Abuse

Meditation
13 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on mistrust and abuse

Meditation
37 mins

Schema Repatterning Meditation on mistrust and abuse

Meditation
35 mins
  • 7 video lectures, 7 hours total
  • 35 guided meditations extracted as .mp3s, 10 hours total

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