Women's experiences of group intervention with schema therapy techniques: A qualitative process analysis.

Sarı S. , Gençöz F.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, vol.19, pp.301-310, 2019 (International Conference Book)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Title of Journal : Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-310


Aims:  Our study focused on a self-soothing system and analysed how women feeling shameexperienced compassion focused group intervention with schema therapy techniques. Group schema therapy, which is process-oriented, and person-oriented (Farrell & Shaw, 2012), inspired us to combine schema therapy techniques with Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) in the interventions for this study. Methods: Data were collected throughthe programme that comprised two-hour sessions over a period of 10 weeks and self-compassion and self-criticism diaries of women. Analysis:Data analysis was conducted according to the phases of thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006).  Twenty hours of group sessions (two hours per session), follow up sessions were audio recorded and transcribed. Thematic analysis was conducted to analyse 26 hours of group intervention and follow up sessions and also women’s self-compassion and self-criticism diaries, to understand how shame-prone women experienced change process. Findings: Thematic analysis of the group sessions yielded two superordinate themes:overcoming the threat of compassion andthe process of changeOvercoming the threat of compassion was divided into three subthemes; fear of self-compassion, the difficulty of accessing the vulnerable child side,and feeling anger at others and self. The process of changeinvolved two subthemes;the feeling of acceptance andrecognising self-compassion and its sources in the self. When the women could access their self-soothing system, they could better understand the needs of their vulnerable child side and address these needs by transferring the emotions of compassion to their vulnerable child side.