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Schema therapy is an innovative, integrative model, developed (by Dr. Jeffrey Young) to expand upon traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy.

The schema therapy approach draws from cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, psychodynamic concepts, gestalt therapy, and emotion-focused therapies. Schema therapy identifies and addresses lifelong patterns and utilizes experiential change strategies, with a prominent focus on the therapy relationship and special emphasis on meeting early unmet emotional needs.

Schema therapy offers a comprehensive case conceptualization-capturing the early narrative of the client to identify relevant life themes and coping patterns that get activated under here-now conditions, and to formulate a relevant treatment plan.  It is particularly well suited for difficult, resistant clients with entrenched, psychological issues, including personality disorders, eating disorders, and intractable relationship problems.

Why you should Attend

Are you feeling stuck with some of your clients in the treatment room? Feeling at a loss with your current toolkit and conceptual framework?  Perhaps you're dealing with the demanding and critical narcissistic client or with an angry, intrusive, defiant, avoidant, detached, or highly enmeshed client? These are just a few of the many issues that can activate our own schemas, cause us to question our adequacy as therapists, evoke fears, resentments, and ramp up our frustration.

Get inspired to learn more about this incredibly rich and robust treatment approach for treating BPD, NPD, and other Personality Disorders, as well as Chronic Symptom and Self-Defeating Pattern Challenges.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Assessment Phase
  • Change Strategies
  • Self-Reflection: Addressing our own Schemas and Triggers

Who Will Benefit

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Psychotherapists
  • Life Coaches
  • Clinical Nurse Practitioners

Speaker Profile

With 25+ years professional experienceand advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years.

Wendy was on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York (until the Institutes merged in 2012), where she trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989. She is a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck’s Institute). Wendy served the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010-2014, and is currently the chair of the Schema Therapy Development Programs Sub-Committee for the ISST; She also served as the Training and Certification Coordinator for the ISST Executive Board from 2008-2010.

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of an international bestselling book, "Disarming the Narcissist.” (New Harbinger, 2nd edition) translated in 12 languages. Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism for professional readers. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, narcissism, interpersonal relationships, anger, and dealing with difficult people. She receives consistent high praise for her clear and articulate teaching style and her ability to bring the therapy to life through dramatic demonstrations of client interactions in the treatment room.

Her work industry business speaking engagements focus on interpersonal conflict resolution. Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, and couples experiencing relationship problems.