Dr. Khrystyna Zhyvaho, PhD MD, is the director of a psychiatric and psychotherapeutic out-patient clinic in Kyiv, Ukraine where Schema-therapy and CBT for adults, children and adolescents are provided. Dr. Zhyvaho is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and Supervisor. She is a member of the ISST resource committee for members in crisis (RCMC), a member of ISST Emerging Countries Committee. Dr. Zhyvaho is the National ISST Certification Coordinator for Ukraine. She is an Assistant Professor at Sigmund Freud University in Ukraine, the author of 43 scientific articles.
Real Pain or Mind Game? Unraveling Complex Somatic Disorders with Schema Therapy
Co-presented with Marsha Blank
Research has shown that individuals who have had early relational trauma are more prone to complex somatic disorders such as gastrointestinal issues, autoimmune illnesses, skin conditions and chronic pain. How are schemas that show up as body sensations affect illness and chronic pain? Where do those schemas live in the body and what modes are most common for these clients? We will explore the potential of Schema Therapy in treating complex somatic disorders and present a detailed case of a client who suffered from IBS, but using Schema Therapy Mode work and body based interventions had increased functionality and symptom relief. Experiential exercises, chairwork and body-based exercises will be included in this workshop.