Schema Focused Therapy (SFT)

The Schema-Focused model was developed by Dr. Jeff Young, who originally worked closely with Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy.

Schema focused therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and changing specific unhealthy ways of thinking. The therapy includes some elements that are traditional parts of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but also includes some elements of other types of psychotherapy like relational work and an application of attachment patterns.

The initial goals of schema focused therapy are to identify the patient’s relevant schemas and to link these schemas to past events and current symptoms. The therapist and patient then work on ways of processing emotions related to the schemas and altering unhealthy coping styles that are the result of these maladaptive patterns.


Our Borderline Personality Disorder Portal

The following pages are designed to provide additional information and advice on BPD treatment and our approach: