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Schema Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide Hardcover – March 28, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1572308381 ISBN-10: 1572308389 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (March 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572308389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572308381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Schema therapy represents a brilliant addition to the therapist's armamentarium of techniques. Building on cognitive therapy, the approach provides a means for dealing with many of the problems people face in their daily lives. For example, someone with a social isolation/alienation schema will believe that he or she is isolated from others, but often will act in ways to create or exacerbate this isolation. A complete guide to the use of schema therapy, this book shows how to help clients recognize and overcome such maladaptive patterns. I very highly recommend it."--Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, Department of Psychology, Yale University

"This volume demonstrates in a skillful, highly readable fashion how the standard cognitive therapy approaches to Axis 1 disorders can be expanded and modified to treat personality disorders. Working within a comprehensive cognitive model, the authors draw on a variety of strategies to address the specific problems in this population: rigid, lifelong maladaptive characterological patterns; chronic interpersonal difficulties; and transference reactions. The book shows how to attenuate the powerful beliefs underlying these patterns through exploratory and experiential strategies. Highly recommended for all therapists engaged in treating patients with these very difficult personality problems."--Aaron T. Beck, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

"The work of Jeffrey E. Young and his colleagues represents both a major contribution to the evolution of cognitive and cognitive-behavioral therapy and an important step toward enhancing the prospects for integrating cognitive therapy with other approaches, particularly psychoanalysis. This book presents schema therapy in clear and generous detail and offers much to the experienced practitioner and the student. A highly valuable and worthwhile contribution."--Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City College, City University of New York

"Young et al. have developed an innovative, rich, and intuitively healing approach to therapy based on years of clinical experience and research. Schema therapy incorporates wisdom from a variety of approaches to bring fresh new perspectives to traditional cognitive therapy. In this book, clinicians will find up-to-the-minute, empirically supported approaches to treating such difficult problems as narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. Strategies and procedures are laid out in a clear and compelling manner, including invaluable advice on implementation. All clinicians wishing to incorporate schema-based cognitive approaches into their practices will find this book an invaluable resource and a pleasure to read."--David H. Barlow, PhD, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Department of Psychology, Boston University
"In expanding the traditional cognitive model to include an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and on lifelong patterns of maladaptive behavior, Young et al. have created a place for cognitive-behavioral therapy in treating even the most severe characterological disorders. The combination of solid empirical research; detailed, specific techniques; and clear, concise recommendations for therapy help therapists at every level better conceptualize and treat challenging cases. I have found Schema Therapy to be an invaluable text for graduate courses in clinical interventions and an excellent resource for students wishing to improve their skills in clinical work."--Mary Armsworth, EdD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Houston

"This is an important and valuable book. It develops a model of treatment for challenging populations, typically underserved by traditional CBT. It may well become a 'necessary reading' text for advanced therapy courses in clinical psychology training programs. It is important reading for psychologists working with patients with characterological problems or, who simply wish for techniques to use when patients become 'stuck' and unresponsive to CBT."--Child and Family Behavior Therapy
(Child and Family Behavior Therapy 2006-11-05)

"Recommended for the clinician as well as the researcher."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews 2006-11-05)

"Useful verbatim examples are given for treatment of several types of patients....A very good book, and I highly recommend it to both novice and veteran therapists."--Psychiatric Times
(Psychiatric Times 2006-11-05)

"A rich and highly informative text that outlines the principles of the schema model, schema assessment and evaluation, and all the major components of schema therapy....The richness of the clinical material is enough to give practitioners a basic understanding of how to apply schema therapy....An insightful, innovative, and thorough treatment approach to personality pathology."--Journal of Psychosomatic Research
(Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2006-11-05)

"This is a superb volume, reflecting many years of astute clinical and theoretical work by very able clinicians....It should appeal to psychotherapy integrationists from many traditions."--Psychotherapy Research
(Psychotherapy Research 2006-11-05)

About the Author

Jeffrey E. Young, PhD, is on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the Founder and Director of the Cognitive Therapy Centers of New York and Connecticut, and the Schema Therapy Institute in New York City.

Janet S. Klosko, PhD, Codirector of the Cognitive Therapy Center of Long Island, in Great Neck, New York, is senior psychologist at the Schema Therapy Institute and at Woodstock Women's Health in Woodstock, New York.

Marjorie E. Weishaar, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School, where she teaches cognitive therapy to psychiatry residents and to psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. She also maintains a private practice in Providence, Rhode Island.

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A thouroughly recommended read.
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Schema therapy definitely provides an excellent framework within which to conceptualize personality disorders.
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It is written in a very straightforward and clear way, and is very thorough.

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a psychologist who has utilized Schema Therapy for several years I found that this work far surpassed my expectations.
Schema Therapy, which originally evolved from cognitive therapy, integrates theory and technques from various fields, including behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, gestalt therapy and object relations. This theoretical synthesis is presented in a remarkably straightforward manner that even the beginning therapist will find easy to follow and utilize.

The book is highly readable and loaded with specific clinical interventions. The last two chapters, on treating borderlines and narcissists, are worth the price of the book alone.
I'd recommend this book to any therapist from any orientation. Cognitive and behavior therapists will find the focus on early childhood experience and deeper emotions to be be a useful extension of knowledge presented in a logical down to earth manner. Therapists from more traditional backgrounds will benefit from this exposure to an effective treatment which has systematic recommendations for treating long term problems.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Self-help junkie on March 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a psychodynamically trained therapist, I have sensed for many years that a 'pure' approach to therapy has severe limitations. This led me to get further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and to use this with my clients - to some good effect. However, I felt uncomfortable using this 'either, or' approach to therapy (either psychodynamic OR CBT) and have been trying for a long time to work out a way of integrating these two approaches in my practice.

So reading Jeffrey Young's book is like reading something that I should have written myself! I keep thinking, 'Oh yes, that's just what I find too!', and 'Hey, that's MY idea!'. In other words, I find this an eminently practical and useful outline of a model of therapy that more or less perfectly describes my own approach to working with clients. What is useful to me in particular are the 18 maladaptive schemas, and the corresponding system of coping with them. THe questionnaires (available from [...]) which can help clients to identify their own particular combination of problem schemas and coping styles forms an excellent basis for rich, rewarding, collaborative therapy.

I am full of admiration for the three authors who produced this volume. I look forward to attending some of the workshops when they come my way in the UK. A thouroughly recommended read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. on November 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a layperson, not a therapist, but after reading Young's Schema Therapy book written for the layperson, Reinventing Your Life, I was impressed enough with the subject to dwell deeper into the subject, so I bought this book, which was a more in-depth and challenging read.

If you're the type of person who needs riveting prose in order to read nonfiction, this book may not be for you. It isn't extremely dry, clinical, academic or filled with technical jargon, but it isn't as easy breezy a read as, say, Malcolm Gladwell either. It is written in a very straightforward and clear way, and is very thorough. Young covers a lot of ground, and if you make your way through the whole book, even some of the slower parts, I think the end result is a very illuminating and informative experience.

This book definitely shed a lot more light on schemas to me than Reinventing Your Life did. Reinventing Your Life was still a good book, but if I could only recommend one, I'd definitely go with this one. I can see why Young recommends his clients to read Reinventing Your Life because it really is easier to digest and a quicker read, but the specificity in this book made me really understand on a much deeper level the psychodynamics behind different schemas and how they react to each other. The chapters on the differences and similarities between Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Schema Therapy, on schema modes and on special problems arising from borderline and narcissistic patients also were invaluable.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer on August 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic! It really explains why some people end up with personality disorders and how to go about having a person see their dysfunctional patterns. The book is well structured with good outlines of the various schemata. However, after about page 70, it gets a bit repetitive. The case illustrations are helpful, though I couldn't help noticing how neatly well packaged they were. Schema therapy definitely provides an excellent framework within which to conceptualize personality disorders. Apparently it is more helpful to borderline personality disorder than psychodynamic therapy. So,in summary, while I really appreciated how personality disorders were conceptualized, I found the book a bit repetitive... For a more 'academic' approach, you might want to try the Handbook of Personality Disorders.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fred P. Gallo on September 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This highly professional yet clearly articulated book covers the history, concepts, and techniques of Schema Therapy. While this therapeutic approach originated in cognitive therapy, it has evolved into a systematic ecclecticism that includes cognitive, behavioral, experiential, and other useful techniques for identifying and healing schemas, modes, coping patterns, etc. Highly recommended for the professional with an interest in helping clients alter personality disorders and other disturbances that are resistant to other therapeutic approaches. Fred P. Gallo, PhD, author of "Energy Psychology" and co-author of "The Neurophysics of Human Behavior"
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