Psychotherapy

An Interview with Jeffrey Young, Ph.D. on Schema Therapy

David Van Nuys, Ph.D.

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Jeffrey Young, Ph.D.For years, psychotherapy has been split into various camps or schools, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and person-centered or humanistic therapy. Each therapy school has different ideas for what therapy should accomplish, and how to go about doing therapy. Faced with this complexity, many working therapists have become eclectic, meaning they try to use techniques from multiple schools at once. Eclecticism can easily become very confusing and muddy for therapists and patients, however, making it difficult to know precisely what the goals are that the therapy is attempting to achieve.

Originally trained as a cognitive-behaviorist, Dr. Jeffrey Young is the founder of Schema Therapy, which represents an effort to systematically and coherently integrate techniques from the various therapy approaches. Though a general purpose therapy, Schema Therapy has been designed with the goal of helping personality disordered and otherwise treatment-resistant patients find relief.

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About Jeffrey Young, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Young, Ph.D.Dr. Jeffrey Young is Founder and Director of the Cognitive Therapy Centers of New York and Connecticut, and the Schema Therapy Institute. He is also on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He received his undergraduate training at Yale University and his graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Aaron Beck, and went on to serve there as Director of Research and Training. Dr. Young has lectured on cognitive and schema therapies internationally for the past 24 years. He has trained thousands of mental health professionals, and is widely acclaimed for his outstanding teaching skills.

He is the founder of Schema Therapy, an integrative approach for personality disorders and treatment-resistant patients. He has published widely in the fields of both cognitive and schema therapies, including two major books: Schema Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide, written for mental health professionals, and Reinventing Your Life, a popular self-help book based on schema therapy.

Beyond this, Dr. Young is co-author of a psychotherapy outcome study evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive therapy in comparison to antidepressant medication. He has also served as consultant on many cognitive and schema therapy research grants, including the NIMH Collaborative Study of Depression, and on the editorial boards of journals including Cognitive Therapy and Research and Cognitive & Behavioral Practice. Dr. Young was awarded the prestigious NEEI Mental Health Educator of the Year award in 2003.




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