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J Sex Marital Ther. 2016 Oct 2;42(7):648-58. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2015.1113586. Epub 2015 Nov 16.

Schema Therapy in Sex Therapy: A Theoretical Conceptualization.

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a Israeli Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Tel-Aviv , Israel.
b Israeli Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Israel; and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev , Be'er Sheva , Israel.
c Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya , Herzliya , Israel.


Schema therapy is an integrative approach of psychotherapy developed by Jeffrey E. Young. Its aim is to help clients explore and understand their deep emotional needs and meet them in a healthy manner. It is suitable for complex pathologies, such as comorbidities and personality disorders. In sex therapy, schema therapy can serve as a method for a deep, evidence-based, integrative conceptualization of a client's difficulties and needs. However, its principles have never been demonstrated in sex therapy. In this paper, we briefly review schema therapy and introduce schema domains. We bring a case study of a couple undergoing sex therapy from the cognitive-behavioral perspective. We then return to the same case study, in order to demonstrate the usefulness of a schema therapy conceptualization.

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