The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice


The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the theory, diagnosis, treatment, research, implementation, and management of schema therapy.
  • Presents the first comprehensive overview of schema therapy - goes far beyond all previous books on the subject to cover theoretical, research and practical perspectives
  • Covers the latest developments, including work on mindfulness and borderline personality disorder, as well as new applications of schema therapy beyond personality disorders
  • Includes chapters by leaders in the field including Wendy Behary, president of the ISST and Arnoud Arntz, as well as a foreword by Jeffrey Young, the founder of schema therapy


I’m excited to have an opportunity to write the foreword for this outstanding handbook on Schema Therapy. This volume represents an important step in going well beyond the books that have already been published on the Schema Therapy approach.

Until now, readers have had access to textbooks on Schema Therapy that lay out basic schema theory and clinical strategies for treating personality disorders; self-help books written for the general public; and a detailed protocol for treating borderline personality disorder. But this is the first volume that extends the basic model beyond BPD and narcissism to a wide range of client populations and disorders, as well as addressing theoretical and research considerations that have not been discussed before in one book. This book represents the next logical step in the development of Schema Therapy: a state-of-the-art extension of the schema approach to new areas of theory, research, and clinical practice.

The three editors, all of whom are highly respected in the field, have done a remarkable job of enlisting the top schema therapists from around the world to contribute chapters across an extremely wide range of topics in their own areas of expertise. Each chapter is written from theoretical, research, and practical perspectives.

I want to mention how the book is organized, and mention some of the highlights, to give readers a sense of the breadth of topics covered. The first part provides an introduction to Schema Therapy that reviews its history and the basic schema conceptual model, along with a chapter by Lockwood and Perris that significantly extends the concept of core emotional needs that has only been touched upon in earlier books.

Part II focuses on diagnostic considerations. This includes chapters on the indications for utilizing ST, the relationship between chronic Axis I disorders and ST, experiential and questionnaire approaches to assessment, case conceptualization, and a case study on diagnosing narcissism from a schema perspective.

Parts III and IV will be of special interest to clinicians. These chapters include case studies and protocols that illustrate how Schema Therapy has been successfully applied to specific clinical groups, including important new techniques that have not been discussed previously. Two questions that I’m frequently asked at workshops are whether ST has been integrated with mindfulness techniques, and whether the . . .

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