Marsha Blank, MA, LCSW, began her career as a Schema Therapist working at the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York/The Schema Therapy Institute directed by Dr. Jeffrey Young. She is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer in Adult Individual Schema Therapy and Child/Adolescent Schema Therapy and a member of the ISST Supervisor Skills Development Committee. A Certified Developmental Psychotherapist, Marsha is informed by the work of Dr. Ruella Frank, founder of DSP and by her years as a professional dancer. Marsha incorporates movement and somatic techniques in her practice of Schema Therapy.
Real Pain or Mind Game? Unraveling Complex Somatic Disorders with Schema Therapy
Co-presented with Khrystina Zhyvaho
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.