Today’s article is on working with modes using Secure Nest.
We will provide an explanation on what we mean when talking about modes and some suggestions on how you could work with modes within Secure Nest.
“When treating clients with schema therapy one of the most important innovations is the concept of mode. For our purposes we will define a mode as the set of schemas or schema operations that are currently active for an individual. You might think of a mode simply as a mindset or state that you might be in temporarily. Most people can relate to the idea that we all have these different parts of ourselves and we go in and out of them all the time. The exact pattern of work with modes will vary between persons, and between sessions.”
When working through the Self-Education Program in Secure Nest, you will answer some questions, from which your most relevant modes will become clear in the online modules.
When working together with your therapist in Secure Nest, your therapist could upload your modes questionnaire in the My Files section. You and your therapist could then add your highest modes to My Modes (or edit the modes created using the Self-Education Program).
The Identify My Modes section provides a summary of your modes and it can help to make this section as personal as possible. Ask yourself ‘in what kind of state of mind was I at a certain moment?’
You can update your modes in My Modes, giving them more personal names, upload images that represent your modes and so on. You can see some short animated videos briefly describing the most common modes on our YouTube channel (Schema Therapy – Modes).
To get more in touch with your modes you can complete a Mode Diary on Secure Nest, by entering information about daily situations and how your mode(s) become active.
There is also an opportunity to use mode flashcards to help you get in touch with your mode(s).
It is possible in My Modes to link different exercises to each mode, so you know what you can do when a certain mode becomes active.
Getting a deeper and more personal insight in the different modes in your life, in childhood memories and in daily situations, gives you more knowledge about how you are feeling, thinking and behaving. It is a good starting point for making changes when needed.
Please try it out and let us know what kind of modules or exercises you like most when working with your modes.
The Secure Nest Team