Schema Therapy in Sex Therapy: A Theoretical Conceptualization

J Sex Marital Ther. 2016 Oct 2;42(7):648-58. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2015.1113586. Epub 2015 Nov 16.


Schema therapy is an integrative approach of psychotherapy developed by Jeffrey E. Young. Its aim is to help clients explore and understand their deep emotional needs and meet them in a healthy manner. It is suitable for complex pathologies, such as comorbidities and personality disorders. In sex therapy, schema therapy can serve as a method for a deep, evidence-based, integrative conceptualization of a client's difficulties and needs. However, its principles have never been demonstrated in sex therapy. In this paper, we briefly review schema therapy and introduce schema domains. We bring a case study of a couple undergoing sex therapy from the cognitive-behavioral perspective. We then return to the same case study, in order to demonstrate the usefulness of a schema therapy conceptualization.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / standards
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Personality Disorders / therapy*
  • Psychotherapy, Brief
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / therapy*