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1st Edition

Emotional Schema Therapy
Distinctive Features

ISBN 9781138561144
Published September 17, 2018 by Routledge
176 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Emotional Schema Therapy: Distinctive Features offers a concise overview to what is distinctive about this new approach to helping clients cope with "difficult" emotions. Written by a researcher with many years of clinical experience, it provides an accessible, bitesize overview. Using the popular Distinctive Features format, this book describes 15 theoretical features and 15 practical techniques of Emotional Schema Therapy.  

Emotional Schema Therapy will be a valuable source that is written for psychotherapists, clinical, health and counselling psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, and all who wish to know more about the role of emotions and emotion regulation. 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I: The Emotional Schema Model

  1. From Cognition to Emotion
  2. Emotions Are Multifaceted
  3. Evolutionary Adaptation and Emotion
  4. Social Construction of Emotion
  5. Emotions Are an Object of Cognition
  6. Beliefs about Emotions Reflect Cognitive Biases
  7. Fourteen Dimensions of Emotional Schemas
  8. How Others Respond to Our Emotions
  9. Affective Forecasting- Predicting Future Emotions
  10. Normalizing and Pathologizing Emotions
  11. Metaphors of Inclusiveness of Emotions
  12. Emotional Perfectionism
  13. Identifying Maladaptive Emotion Regulation Strategies
  14. Emotional Socialization
  15. Emotional Schemas in Therapy
  16. Part II: Modifying Emotional Schemas

  17. Identifying and Evaluating Theories of Cause and Change
  18. Adaptive Emotion Regulation Strategies
  19. Case Conceptualization
  20. Expression of Emotion
  21. Validation, Self-Validation and Self-Compassion
  22. Problematic Strategies for Seeking Validation
  23. Emotions are Universal
  24. Guilt and Shame
  25. Emotions are Not Permanent
  26. Escalation and Control
  27. Personal Empowerment
  28. Tolerance for Ambivalence and Complexity
  29. Relating Emotions to Values
  30. Interpersonal Emotional Schemas
  31. Research on Emotional Schemas


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Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research focuses on individual differences in emotion regulation.


Dr. Leahy, one of the leaders of cognitive behavioral therapy, master clinician, and prolific author has yet again enriched the field with Emotional Schema Therapy. This approach targets the way we think about our emotions, evaluate them, and cope with them. Using his rich clinical background, Dr. Leahy's new text will help countless people deal with their emotional distress. It is a must read.

Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Boston University, USA

Dr. Leahy presents his latest thinking on his emotional schema theory, a novel and integrated approach to conceptualising and dealing with emotions in therapy. The impact of metacognitive, compassion and cognitive theories is evident in Dr. Leahy’s discourse as he sets out new avenues for conceptualisation, research and treatment of the complex emotional life.

Professor Adrian Wells, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, UK

Dr Leahy’s new book will be a valuable and accessible resource for therapists wishing to know more about Emotional Schema Therapy.

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, Chief of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor, Harvard Medical School