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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Schema therapy, first developed by the lead author in 1990, is fully discussed in this comprehensive book. It is rooted in the cognitive-behavioral tradition and is applicable to personality disorders and other long-standing, persistent psychological difficulties.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to provide "an up-to-date, comprehensive treatment manual" on schema therapy. These are worthy objectives, which the book meets.
Audience: According to the authors, "we hope that this volume will provide therapists with a new way of approaching patients with chronic, longer-term themes and patterns, and that schema therapy will provide significant benefits for those extremely difficult and needy patients whom our approach is designed to treat."
Features: "The book is an exposition of schema therapy from A to Z. It covers theoretical concepts and provides detailed strategies for addressing particular schemas. It also includes chapters dealing with borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. Because it is easy to read and provides nice clinical examples, it gives cognitive-behavioral therapists more strategies in dealing with refractory patients. "
Assessment: This is an excellent book. I read Jeffrey Young's first book on schema therapy (Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders: A Schema-Focused Approach, 3rd edition (Professional Resource Exchange, 1999)) and this is a wonderful expansion of that work and includes updates from advances in the mental health field in the last decade.