Schema therapy was developed by Dr. Jeffrey E. Young for use in treatment of personality disorders and chronic DSM Axis I disorders, such as when patients fail to respond or relapse after having been through other therapies (for example, traditional cognitive behavioural therapy). Research has shown that when core emotional needs are not met during a child’s formative years, schemas will develop. These core emotional needs are Connection & Acceptance, Healthy Autonomy & Performance, Reasonable Limits, Realistic Expectations, and Functional Community. 

While no one’s parenting can ever be perfect, “Good Enough Parenting” offers a step-by-step guide on how parents can learn to meet these core emotional needs, provide parenting that is “good enough” to avoid Exasperation, and prevent Schemas from developing in their children (and weaken those already present).

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