ONLINE (ZOOM) WORKSHOP: Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders & Complex Comorbidity



WHERE: Online Interactive Zoom Workshop

COSTS: £199


ONLINE (ZOOM) WORKSHOP: Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders & Complex Comorbidity

Schema Therapy Scotland is pleased to introduce a bespoke 2-day workshop on Schema Therapy for eating disorders and complex comorbidity.  The workshop will provide therapists with an opportunity to learn powerful techniques for working with these populations, including those with high complexity and comorbidity (e.g. OCD, rigid personality traits, PTSD). Anyone interested in knowing how to implement schema therapy using mode work with severe and complex eating disorders, would benefit from this workshop. This advanced therapy workshop aims will train participants in implementing techniques for working with entrenched early maladaptive schemas (including core beliefs) with individuals with eating disorders and complex comorbidity. You will also have an opportunity to learn some ways of adapting schema therapy for eating disorders in a group context.

The workshop will provide participants with practical experience and guidance in the use of imagery rescripting, chair work, empathic confrontation and other techniques for change. Videos and live demonstrations will be used to illustrate experiential change techniques. Training will specifically include working with vulnerable [child] modes, limited reparenting skills, bypassing avoidant or overcompensatory coping modes, and fighting punitive (self-critical) or guilt inducing thinking patterns that drive eating disorder behaviours. Participants will receive handouts that they can use in their clinical work.


The workshop will offer you methods to cope with these challenging situations and will include:

  • Methods to formulate complex eating disorder thoughts, behaviours, urges, & comorbid disorders using schema ‘modes’
  • Imagery & chair-work to set limits on self-defeating ’inner critic’ modes
  • Recognise & learn to work with common coping modes in Eating Disorders including: Flagellating &, Invincible Overcontroller modes, and Helpless Surrenderer modes
  • Imagery rescripting. empathic confrontation & chair-work to bypass strong coping modes, especially the ‘Overcontroller’ and ’Detached Self-Soother’ modes
  • Working with clients who are reluctant to participate in experiential work & to connect with emotions.
  • Methods to access vulnerability & distress in eating disorders.
  • Enhancing client’s Healthy Adult mode in treatment.
  • The latest evidence-base for Schema Therapy with Eating Disorders & common comorbidities

About the presenter:
Dr Susan Simpson is a Clinical Psychologist who works with patients with severe and complex eating disorders in an inpatient eating disorders ward with NHS Lothian. Susan has 20 years of experience using Schema Therapy with complex comorbidity, including eating disorders, OCD, personality disorders and PTSD . She has published several book chapters and journal articles on schema therapy, with a particular focus on the eating disorder population. In addition, she has presented at national and international eating disorders conferences and has provided several workshops on Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders across Australia. She is co-author/editor of the  book ‘Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders’, Routledge, 2019. A full list of her publications can be found at

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