about RIST

Romanian Institute of Schema Therapy was born out of desire and passion for Schema Therapy by its founding members. We are a professional association recognized by the Romanian College of Psychologists and International Society of Schema Therapy. Our goal is to promote this psychotherapeutic approach in the Romanian context and educate the interested public about mental health issues as understood through the lens of the theory proposed by schema therapy.

a bit of history

Jeffrey Young, the father of schema therapy, worked for a while with Aaron Beck and noticed in his practice that classical cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy is less effective in the case of patients with borderline personality disorder. Following these observations, he proceeded with combining classical cognitive-behavioral theory with elements from Gestalt therapy, object relations theory and experiential techniques, developing an integrated eclectic model, effective in the treatment of cases resilient to the classical treatment. Slowly, the use of this kind of therapy extended to clients with narcissistic personality disorder, patients with cluster C personality disorder, and there are nowadays ever more studies showing the effectiveness of schema therapy for a broader category of patients deemed challenging and unresponsive to run-of-the-mill treatments.

Jeffrey Young

The parent of the method - effective for those who did not respond to conventional treatment

Integrated eclectic model

Schema Therapy encompasses cognitive, experiential and behavioral techniques

Wide-scale efficiency

Efficiency in difficult cases - studies prove effectiveness in challenging issues

our story

We, Cristina, Roxana, and Petrișor, have discovered schema therapy and passionately read the books found on the internet about this therapeutic method. We have joined forces, motivated by the desire to bring this therapeutic approach to Romania at a certification level.

Each of us has contributed to writing the story of the Romanian Institute of Schema Therapy, the first association of its kind in Romania and the first to offer training courses for certification in Romanian through accredited Romanian trainers and supervisors.

Like in any success story, we have focused on growing the community of schema therapists, and in this endeavor, we have expanded and are delighted to have the support and enthusiasm of our colleagues, Oana and Diana, who coordinate the branches of the Institute in Cluj and Iași, respectively.

our objectives

We aim to bring schema therapy closer to you, both through training courses and workshops conducted by Romanian and foreign trainers. We offer basic training in schema therapy for working with adults in individual therapy, as well as for working with groups, adolescents, children, and couples.

Our Team

As I was telling you, we are the three founders of this institute that has brought schema therapy to Romania. Below, you can get to know us.

Cristina Sterie psihoterapeut

Cristina Sterie


We need to let go of what doesn't belong to us in order to grow and follow our own path.


Roxana Nicolau


Although facing one's own vulnerability can be a challenging task, it can also be an experience of healing.

Petrisor Tepurlui

Petrișor Țepurlui

Secretary general

Be the change you want to see in the world! (M. Gandhi)

Oana Cobeanu

Branch Coordinator - Cluj

I listen with interest and fascination to people, seeing the world through their eyes.

Diana Teodorescu

Branch Coordinator - Iasi

Be yourself! Everyone else is already taken! (Oscar Wilde)

Florentina Popișteanu

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