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Below you will find some of the most talented and experienced schema therapists in the United States and Canada. Each bring a tremendous dedication to their professional training and expertise. All of the therapists are highly seasoned with many years of practice experience. Many have had prior training in other schools of thought that they effectively integrate within a schema therapy framework. Many are trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy as well. Some will be identified as certified schema therapists, meaning they have completed the rigorous requirements of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). They are globally recognized for their achievement of such status. Some of the certified schema therapists are also supervisors and trainers of professionals worldwide.

California

Jeanne de Alcuaz

Redwood City, CA

(650) 483-8518

Jeanne de Alcuaz is a practicing psychotherapist originally trained in Psychodynamic theory, who is skilled in Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical-Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies and Attachment Theory. A graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A., M.S.W.), she has over 25 years experience in the field. In her practice, Jeanne works with depression, generalized anxiety, trauma history, grief and life transitions. She also specializes in shifting maladaptive relational patterns, namely, habits of perception, experience, and behavior that inhibit one’s satisfying relationships with others, as well as with oneself. Schema therapy has greatly enriched her work with clients as it enables a more precise naming of ingrained beliefs and powerful transient emotional states. Schema Therapy’s methods help heal injuries from the past, while providing a deeper knowledge and acceptance of one’s varied and vital self. Jeanne welcomes your inquiries.

What was it like in your family growing up? How were emotions handled? How are your relationships now? Like many, if not most people, you probably wish it could be different in at least some crucial ways. It’s very puzzling that even the most well intentioned and loving family members or partners just don’t behave in the ways we need. And, often, somehow, no matter how hard we sincerely try, what we do and feel, just doesn’t bring the response we want. Often, we don’t even know exactly why things got so painful and unhappy. What I can offer is a balance of listening and offering tools for you to develop the relationships and effective and satisfying daily life you are wanting. One method that I use is Schema therapy for discovering and transforming deeply held beliefs and patterns of behavior. I also include Gottman and EFT couples methods. The Interpersonal Neurobiology concepts of Dr. Daniel Siegel also inform my sessions. Additionally, I practice Hakomi experiential and mindful therapy principles such as supporting your organic inner wisdom toward healing. Call for free initial consultation.

I have over 20 years of experience as a professional psychologist. I received my Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 1992. I worked for over a decade as a professor in a Psychology Ph.D. program. During this time, I published dozens of research articles and presented at national and international forums. In 2009, I moved to the Bay area and shortly thereafter, opened my clinical practice. I see individual adults, teens, and couples. My areas of specialty are trauma, stress & life transition, anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues, partners and children of narcissists. I also treat mind-body problems like chronic pain and illness, addictions, and disordered eating. My approach is integrative and may include mindfulness, Schema Therapy, EFT, and EMDR for trauma. Schema therapy informs my approach to clients stuck in negative self-views and dysfunctional relationship cycles. I have attended trainings in Schema Therapy, EFT, and EMDR. I am the author of “The Stress-Proof Brain” (New Harbinger, 2017) and an expert blogger for Psychology Today.

With over 30 years experience, I was initially trained as a family therapist and worked with teens and their families in settings to include foster care, wilderness therapy and psychiatric hospitals. My Masters Degree in Social Work is from the University of Denver, my undergraduate degree is in psychology from American University in Washington, D.C. I am an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, and my passion is helping adults who were raised by narcissistic parents. My book “Ghost Mothers: Healing From the Pain of A Mother Who Wasn’t Really There” was published in October 2012. My specialty is all issues related to narcissism and those impacted by narcissistic relationships, in addition to helping adults transcend being poorly parented, and I’ve teamed up with a yoga teacher to offer Schema Yoga. In addition I have specialized training in clinical supervision, addictions and personality disorders.

Illinois

Curt Kearney

Evanston, IL

(847) 975-3416

curt@schematherapychicago.com

I am in general practice in Downtown Evanston (just north of Chicago), with specialties in Schema Therapy, complex trauma, integrative mental health (body-mind-spirit-community), eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. I work with older adolescents and adults. I also do training and supervision for therapists in Schema Therapy. Part of my mission is to support clinicians in the Chicago area who are interested in Schema Therapy; if your organization would like a presentation or training on Schema Therapy, please feel free to contact me.

MA Counseling Psychology (specializing in Jungian and Self psychologies), Pacifica Graduate Institute
Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy and training and supervision, Schema Therapy Institutes of New York and New Jersey (primary faculty Jeff Young, Wendy Behary, and George Lockwood)
Certificate in Integrative Health and Lifestyle from Andrew Weil’s Center at the University of Arizona
Certificate in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Staff training in CBT, DBT, and eating disorder treatments at NorthShore University HealthSystems (Evanston and Highland Park Hospitals)

Mario Guzman

Naperville and Chicago, IL

(630) 768-1065

marioguzmanphd@gmail.com

www.drmarioguzman.com

I have been working in psychotherapy for more than 15 years. My practice focuses on PTSD, Posttraumatic Growth, Personality Disorders, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Parenting and Couple’s Issues. I work with adult clients in individual and couple’s therapy, as well as with adolescents and their parents. Understanding and respecting the patient’s cultural and religious perspectives is very important for me, both as part of their developmental process as well as part of their healing and growth process. I have a PhD in psychology and two Masters degrees; one in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the other one in Analytical Psychology (Jungian Psychotherapy). I have been working with Agave Studio for Psychotherapy in Chicago and Naperville, IL. since 2014 providing psychotherapy, both in English and Spanish.

Indiana

Joan Farrell

Schema Therapy Institute Midwest - Indianapolis Center

317-283-3623

farrell@iupui.edu

http://www.bpd-home-base.org

Joan Farrell, Ph.D. is a Director of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest-Indianapolis Center and the Research and Training Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at IUPUI and was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine for 25 years. In that position, she developed and directed an inpatient ST program for BPD at the university-affiliated hospital. She is co-principal investigator of an international trial of ST for Borderline Personality Disorder with Arnoud Arntz with 14 sites in five countries and was principal investigator of a randomized controlled trial of Group ST for BPD that was awarded a NIMH grant. A Certified Schema Therapist Trainer/Supervisor in individual and group, she is the Coordinator for Training and Certification on the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy. Dr. Farrell is the developer of group schema therapy with Ida Shaw, with whom she has worked since the 1980s. They provide group and individual schema therapy training and self-practice/self-reflection workshops nationally and internationally. They have written two books on Schema Therapy and numerous book chapters and research articles.

Ida Shaw

Schema Therapy Institute Midwest - Indianapolis Center

317-283-3623

farrell@iupui.edu

http://www.bpd-home-base.org

Ida Shaw, MA, is a Director of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest-Indianapolis Center which has International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) Certification programs in Individual, Group and Child-Adolescent ST. She is a Certified Schema Therapist Trainer/Supervisor in individual, group and child-adolescent ST. She is Training Director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a member of the Training and Certification Advisory Board of ISST. With a background in experiential psychotherapy and developmental psychology, Ms. Shaw is the developer of group schema therapy with Joan Farrell, with whom she has worked since the 1980s. They provide schema therapy training and self-practice/self-reflection workshops nationally and internationally. They have written two books on Schema Therapy and numerous book chapters and research articles. Ms. Shaw is the main clinical supervisor of an international multisite trial of group schema therapy, providing training and supervision for schema therapists in five countries and 14 clinical sites. She supervises the practice component of additional research projects on Avoidant personality disorder, dissociative disorders, complex trauma child-adolescent treatment.

Maine

George Repp

Brunswick, ME

(207) 272-2361

George works with adults in Midcoast Maine and is presently a candidate for Certification in Schema Therapy. He uses a variety of clinical approaches in assisting persons having issue with troubled patterns of experience and behaviors in personal or work relationships or self actualization/self efficacy. He received his MA in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2000.

New Jersey

Harriet Achtentuch

Millburn, NJ

(973) 378-5804

Harriet Achtentuch has over eleven years of experience working with adults suffering from depression and anxiety, adolescent girls and couples’ counseling. She is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Supervisor. “I provide a warm, nurturing and non-judgmental environment, in which clients can freely express themselves and resolve deep-seated issues. Using experiential techniques I work with trauma, phobia, eating disorders and other unresolved issues.”

Wendy Bond

Millburn, NJ

(973) 564-9556

wendybondlcsw.com

Wendy Bond is a Couples and Family Therapist with a specialization in Schema Therapy. For over 15 years Wendy has treated adolescents and adults, both individually and in couples. She is particularly interested in how early Schemas influence the way people interact in relationships in their adult life. In addition to her psychotherapy private practice, Wendy coaches women of all ages to reenter the dating world without stress and anxiety. Wendy is a LCSW with a Masters Degree from NYU School of Social Work. She has trained with Wendy Behary in Schema Therapy and is certified in Couples and Family Therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Wendy’s certificate in Addictions and Eating Disorders is from the William Alanson White Institute and she has completed her Internal Family Systems Level 1 Training. Wendy has a private practice in Soho, New York City and Millburn, NJ. 

Bebe Brusky

Branchburg, NJ

(908) 208-2119

bebebrusky.com

When you are considering therapy you may be feeling a wide range of emotions such as anxiety, fear, despair, hope and even excitement. As a skilled schema therapist (certification pending) I provide a safe space for you to tell your story, make sense of the interplay between your early childhood experiences and present circumstances and help you gain coping skills that will positively impact your life. I work with individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, past traumas and relationship issues.

Rosemary Ericsson

Summit, NJ

(973) 218-1776 x851

Rosemary Erickson is an energetic therapist with extensive experience treating individuals, couples, and groups in private, corporate and mental health settings. “My true passion is in working with interpersonal/relationship conflicts, and in treating individuals suffering with eating disorders/body-image problems, as well as those coping with OCD, stress and anxiety disorders.”

Irv Finkelstein

Westfield, NJ

(908) 389-0682

Irv2504@gmail.com

Irv Finkelstein is a psychotherapist with over thirty years of experience assisting individuals, couples and groups. He received a Masters of Social Work Degree from Hunter School of Social Work in 1978 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Jersey. Specialties include ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. Irv is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and is available for Schema supervision.

Patrice Fiore

Summit, NJ

(908) 522-6646

Patrice Fiore is a clinician with more than 23 years of experience in Adult Psychotherapy and Couples Therapy. “I use Schema therapy in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and the research of Dr. John Gottman. My special areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, phase of life problems, and relationship problems.”

John F. Gasiewski

Springfield, NJ and Midtown NYC

(973) 727-4392

drjohngtherapy@yahoo.com

www.drjohngtherapy.com

My warmest welcome to you! I have provided caring and highly skilled services as a cognitive-behaviorally oriented psychotherapist since 2002. I am also an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Trainer/Supervisor. I have over 20 years work and management experience in corporate/partnership, hospital, private practice, and academic work settings. Along with my experience, an empathic and caring presence, and my graduate and post-graduate training I am poised to offer powerful and meaningful healing for the clients I see. My practice focuses on the following areas: Relationship issues; Narcissism and Narcissistic Partners; Anger; Stress and Anxiety; Depression; Bereavement/Grieving; Parenting; Divorce and Custody; Young Men and Women Transitioning into Adulthood; Managing work/life balance; Work-related stress. I see adult clients, in individual and couples therapy.

Lisa Hernandez

Union, NJ

(908) 851-2223

I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker and I have been in private practice for over 15 years. I am bilingual and I conduct sessions in English as well as Spanish. I have worked with people of various cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. My areas of expertise are working with childhood trauma, depression and anxiety as well as relationship issues. I was originally trained to use a psychodynamic approach that incorporates object relations, but I am currently pursuing a certification in schema therapy. I like to create a safe and loving environment in treatment that allows patients to explore very painful and difficult experiences.

Bob Jaskiewicz

Montclair, NJ

(973) 509-8879

A psychotherapist and co-owner of Montclair Health Associates who is involved in on-going education at the Schema Therapy Institute in New Jersey, formerly trained at the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Couples Work training at the Relational Recovery Institute in Cambridge and the EMDR Institute-training for treatment of trauma. “I also have a clinical hypnosis specialization and certification from the Milton Erickson Institute and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I have presented classes utilizing hypnosis for trauma, pain management, sports peak performance, anxiety reduction, quitting addictions, especially smoking, and improved sleep. I have trained graduate students and taught graduate-level psychology classes at Rutgers University, including a study of anxiety disorders in the class The Psychology of Anxiety, which I developed. I work with people on many issues including relationships, attachment problems, depression, trauma, anxiety, panic, phobias, happiness training, East-West methods of mental health, including Mindfulness—and beyond, and mind-body health issues, especially emotional eating and weight management.”

Carolee Kallmann

Morristown, NJ

(973) 214-6273

Carolee Kallmann is dual licensed as a Professional Counselor and a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Morristown, NJ. Ms. Kallmann’s many years of experience in academic, hospital, and treatment programs have enabled her to serve clients seeking to resolve struggles with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, sexual concerns, and interpersonal issues. She is also specializes in Couples Treatment and issues of Narcissism. In addition to her advanced certification in Schema Therapy, Ms. Kallmann has advanced training in the modalities of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has published in professional journals. 

Josh Kates

Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ

908-872-8002

www.joshkates.com

Josh Kates is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist located in central New Jersey, with offices in Hillsborough and Flemington. With over 20 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, Josh applies various therapeutic styles as appropriate for each client. Every individual or couple receive treatment personalized to their needs. Josh’s experience, warmth and care are what help his clients see results and improve their lives and relationships. Visit Josh’s website for more information and resources.

Kathy Kobberger

Summit, NJ

(973) 218-1776, ext. 810

Kathy Kobberger is a board-certified advanced practice nurse with extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Her special interests lie in helping people of all ages cope more effectively with the stresses—and overcome the life challenges, transitions, and loss.

Judith Margolin has been a licensed psychologist for over twenty years, receiving her doctorate from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. She did her postgraduate training and certification in Sex Therapy, Hypnosis, and Trauma. She is an advanced level certified schema therapist and schema therapy supervisor. Foundationally trained by Behavior Tech in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she specializes in the treatment of Interpersonal Trauma, Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Women’s Program, Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton Healthcare System.

Kathleen Newdeck

Springfield, NJ (Main Office) and Morristown, NJ

(973) 218-1776 x850

Kathleen Newdeck has over 20 years experience as a schema therapist and cognitive-behavioral therapist. She is also an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Supervisor. “I enjoy treating adults, individuals and couples. I have a particular interest in the area of anxiety, panic, depression, and stress related to coping with change and dealing with interpersonal challenges.”

Lissa Parsonnet

Montclair and Springfield, NJ

(973) 921-9629

Lissa Parsonnet has been practicing schema therapy for over 20 years. She is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Supervisor. Prior to being in full time private practice, Dr. Parsonnet was the Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Cancer Program Management at the Saint Barnabas Cancer Center. She also served as Assistant Director of Social Work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr Parsonnet has lectured and published in the field of psychosocial oncology. “My special areas of focus include working with patients and families faced with cancer or other medical illness. I also work with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, as well as people who find it difficult to adjust to life transitions or achieve satisfaction from their lives.” 

Lucas Rockwood

Morristown, NJ

(201) 572-3017

drlucasrockwood.com

Lucas Rockwood is a licensed psychologist practicing in Morristown, New Jersey. He received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. He currently works at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital (GPPH) where he is the psychologist for an inpatient unit focusing on the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition to working at GPPH, Dr. Rockwood maintains a private practice in Morristown, New Jersey. His primary theoretical orientations include Cognitive Therapy for individuals with short-term/acute problems and Schema Therapy for individuals with more pervasive/lifelong problems. He is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Supervisor. His clinical specialties include providing individual psychotherapy for individuals experiencing symptoms of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and relationship problems. Dr. Rockwood has also been a therapy supervisor for psychology pre-doctoral interns for over seven years.

Carlos Rojas

Union, NJ

(908) 851-2223

Carlos Rojas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 17 years clinical experience and is fully Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish. His professional career includes clinical practice, community based agency settings, hospitals, schools, program management and clinical supervision of staff and graduate students. Mr. Rojas also has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mental health and substance abuse. Mr. Rojas earned his Masters in Social Work from NYU’s School of Social Work. He also holds a Masters degree in Leadership from Fordham University. Mr. Rojas has training in cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and psychoanalytic therapies. Mr. Rojas is is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist Supervisor-Trainer. He received his supervision from Wendy Behary. Mr. Rojas is affiliated with CHR Behavioral Health Services in Union, New Jersey where he specializes in working with individuals and couples. His areas of specialization include anxiety, depression, relationships, narcissism, issues of adjustment/acculturation, and athletic performance. 

Paul R. Schottland

Florham Park, NJ

(973) 822-8188

Paul R. Schottland is a highly qualified and experienced therapist and consultant. He is also an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist. Among his many interests and contributions in the field, Paul has written articles on the treatment of bi-polar disorder in children and adolescents. “In addition to working with adults, I also have a specialty in the treatment of children, adolescents, and parents.”

Robin Spiro

Springfield, NJ

(973) 218-1776 x875

Robin Spiro, originally trained as a family therapist, is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and has been practicing schema therapy for more than 15 years. “I treat primarily adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I have a specialty in working with trauma and dissociation, and have been additionally trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems therapy.”

New York

Wendy Bond

New York, NY

212-228-0496

wendybondlcsw.com

Wendy Bond is a Couples and Family Therapist with a specialization in Schema Therapy. For over 15 years Wendy has treated adolescents and adults, both individually and in couples. She is particularly interested in how early Schemas influence the way people interact in relationships in their adult life. In addition to her psychotherapy private practice, Wendy coaches women of all ages to reenter the dating world without stress and anxiety. Wendy is a LCSW with a Masters Degree from NYU School of Social Work. She has trained with Wendy Behary in Schema Therapy and is certified in Couples and Family Therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Wendy’s certificate in Addictions and Eating Disorders is from the William Alanson White Institute and she has completed her Internal Family Systems Level 1 Training. Wendy has a private practice in Soho, New York City and Millburn, NJ.

Mark completed his doctoral work in Counseling Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he focused on psychotherapy with adults, particularly those dealing with Mood and Anxiety Disorders, trauma, and LGBTQ-related issues. In his work within a group private practice in NYC over the last 15 years, he has received additional training in EMDR, EFT, CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapies for work with individuals and couples. Mark is excited to be completing advanced certification in Schema Therapy at the NJ Institute for Schema Therapy, finding that it offers an unparalleled depth, comprehensiveness and flexibility that enables effective interventions even with the most entrenched, longstanding problems, including trauma and attachment issues.

Cathy Flanagan

New York, NY

(212) 472-4505

multiself@aol.com

Dr. Cathy Flanagan received her Ph.D. in Psychology from University College Dublin, Ireland, and held post-doctoral fellowships with Richard Lazarus at the University of California-Berkeley, and with Aaron Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. Her previous positions include Director of Psychological Services, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin; and Clinical Coordinator, Senior Clinical Supervisor, and Affiliate (with Dr. Jeffrey Young) at the Schema Therapy Institute of New York. She has published one book, People and Change, and written numerous chapters and articles, most recently on psychological needs and coping modes. Dr. Flanagan is Consulting Editor, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. She regularly presents her ideas at international conferences and workshops. Dr. Flanagan is a Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), on the ‘Brainstorming’ Sub-Committee of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST), and Honorary President, Schema Therapy Association of Ireland (STAI). Cathy is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and is currently in private practice in New York City.

John F. Gasiewski

Springfield, NJ and Midtown NYC

(973) 727-4392

drjohngtherapy@yahoo.com

www.drjohngtherapy.com

My warmest welcome to you! I have provided caring and highly skilled services as a cognitive-behaviorally oriented psychotherapist since 2002. I am also an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Trainer/Supervisor. I have over 20 years work and management experience in corporate/partnership, hospital, private practice, and academic work settings. Along with my experience, an empathic and caring presence, and my graduate and post-graduate training I am poised to offer powerful and meaningful healing for the clients I see. My practice focuses on the following areas: Relationship issues; Narcissism and Narcissistic Partners; Anger; Stress and Anxiety; Depression; Bereavement/Grieving; Parenting; Divorce and Custody; Young Men and Women Transitioning into Adulthood; Managing work/life balance; Work-related stress. I see adult clients, in individual and couples therapy. 

Elizabeth Lacy

New Paltz and New York, NY

(845) 489-8700

www.elizabethlacy.com

Elizabeth Lacy is a practicing Advanced Certified Schema Therapist/Supervisor located in New York City and the Hudson Valley, New York with over 15 years post-masters clinical experience. Prior to being in full-time private practice, Liz was the Clinical Director at Hudson Valley Community Services for 14 years, providing clinical supervision and training as well as executive administration. “My special areas of focus include working with patients who suffer from anxiety disorders (OCD, Panic, Social and Chronic, unremitting anxiety); personality problems evidenced in patterns of relationship, work and other problems; and people in recovery from sex addictions.” She also works extensively with couples.

Xi is a Clinical Psychologist (Australian License) working from the East Village, New York. She has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, workplace stress, cross cultural difficulties and family conflict. Xi is a warm therapist who is focused on understanding individual life experiences. She works with clients holistically to improve their careers, relationships and lives. In addition to Schema Therapy, Xi also provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Behavioral Activation, Complicated Grief Therapy and Career Counseling. She has also worked extensively with international, LGBTQ, creative individuals, as well as people of color. Xi provides Skype as well as face-to-face appointments.

My practice focuses on treating intimacy/relationship problems, sexual addiction/compulsivity, alcohol/substance abuse, Al-Anon/ACOA issues, codependency/co-addiction, personality issues, childhood traumas, anxiety and depression. In addition, I have a specialty working in the LGBT community. My career began with an MBA working on Wall Street. Since 1995 I’ve been practicing psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and received my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. My former career in business, combined with extensive experience consulting with corporate Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) has been particularly helpful to people facing all kinds of career/workplace issues. The treatment modalities I utilize include individual and group psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR. In addition, I am a Certified Schema Therapist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) as well as a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). I lead a Gay Men’s Psychotherapy group focusing on new experiences relating to one another each week, emphasizing putting thoughts and feelings into words as it relates the group and the group members. I also run a group for men struggling with Sexually Compulsive/Addictive behavior or what is also referred to as Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior. The group offers an opportunity for support and accountability while working towards sexual health and improving connections with members.

Scott Shapiro, MD, graduated from Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital Residency Program. In addition, he completed his Medical Internship at Harvard Medical School’s Mount Auburn Hospital. He is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, specializing in Adult ADD/ADHD, psychotherapy and medication management. He enjoys working with people in a warm, interactive, and relaxing environment to maximize progress. Dr. Shapiro has experience treating people working in various industries including: medicine, finance, law, and education, as well as those with multiple roles of parent, student, and professional. He understands the unique challenges of living with ADD/ADHD. He also believes that all people deserve quality mental health care and is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organization: Milestones-NYC, matching pro bono mental health providers to New Yorkers in need.

North Carolina

Merrie Pearl

Asheville, NC

(504) 460-5430 

merriepearl@yahoo.com

I have been involved with Schema Therapy for over 18 years. My own personal growth using Schema Therapy inspired me to want to help others. I worked with Dr. Young and the NY-based Schema Therapy group after graduating from NYU with a masters degree in Social Work. My philosophy is that, you need to know both sides of the couch before you can help anyone. I have been told that my style is warm, relatable, and informal. I am a highly interactive therapist, not a head nodder. I am an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and Schema Therapy supervisor. In addition to ST, I use mindfulness-based therapy in my practice. My true passion is working with Schema Therapists and trainees in ST who want to work on their own schemas/modes. I work with people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, as well as people who are struggling with career decisions and life changes. I have additional training in EMDR, ACT, Brene Brown’s work, and the Gottman method. I am currently accepting clients through telephone-online therapy. I am located in Asheville, NC. 

Pennsylvania

Anna has been working for over 30 years as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in the UK, Europe and Africa. She was trained in Schema Therapy in the late 90’s and is an Advanced Level Certified Schema Therapist and Schema Therapy Supervisor. Anna moved to the USA in 2006 and has a private practice Wayne PA, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Anna loves using Schema Therapy with individuals and couples, describing it as a great ‘road map’ for therapy. She also uses CBT from her training in Oxford and integrates Emotion Focused Therapy, in her work with couples. She specializes in working with people with complex issues, and also people who often describe themselves as ‘stuck’. Another area of specialty is working with Narcissists or people affected by them. She is also developing and promoting Schema Therapy in Pennsylvania. Anna is an Adjunct Professor at Eastern University. She enjoys facilitating retreats and motivational speaking, speaking to parents on topics such as “The emotional cost to your child of living in a privileged culture that demands success”, and “Invest in Yourself” to millennials and people who are transitioning from one stage in life to another.

Vivian Francesco

New Hope, PA

(215) 862-0363

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Advanced Schema Therapist specializing in relationship issues, anxiety and depression. Coming from a 20 year teaching background, I particularly enjoy working with young adults who are struggling with these issues as well as trying to establish personal identities and coping skills for life and attainment of goals. I am very focused on the use of positive re-parenting as a means of fostering healthy growth.

Joshua Hostetter is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Presently, he is pending certification as an Advanced-Level Certified Schema Therapist with the ISST. Having worked in home-based, community-based, and private practice settings, he has had the opportunity to treat diverse people groups in diverse situations. Joshua works with adolescents and adults in individual and group settings to assist them in experiencing emotional and mental healing. He is trained in mindfulness, naturopathic approaches to therapy, and is certified in addictions and faith-based counseling.

My areas of specialty include individual, couples and family therapy for adults with mood disorders, complex PTSD, anger management issues or personality disorders, especially those who have had negative experiences with therapy. My specialized therapy approaches include Schema Therapy, Mentalization-based Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), including individual DBT for adults, DBT group skills training for adults, and DBT group skills training for parents of adolescents in DBT. I also have a specialty in family education interventions for behavioral health issues I helped develop as co-founder of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA’s Training and Education Center. (www.mhasp.org/about-tec)

Virginia

Lawrence P. Riso

Reston, VA

(703) 203-7197

lriso@argosy.edu

Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing over 20 years. Expert therapist in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and marital/couples problems. Practitioner-scholar with over 50 published journal articles and book chapters on psychotherapy and psychological disorders. Several certifications including “Cognitive Therapy,” standard level “Schema Therapy,” and advanced level “Schema Therapy for Couples.” As a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, Washington DC, I have trained numerous psychotherapists. Establishing a collaborative working relationship and deep emotional with my clients are critical aspects of my work. Clients are active participants and decision makers in their treatment.

Washington

Marika Kyrimis

Seattle, WA

(206) 488-5283

mck@mkyrimis.com

www.mkyrimis.com

Marika Kyrimis is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Seattle, Washington. She is a Certified Schema Therapist with 8 years of experience practicing Schema Therapy. In addition, she has provided workshops and supervision to psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows in Schema Therapy at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. She specializes in anxiety disorder treatment with adults using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, and mindfulness interventions.

Washington DC

Paul DelGrosso

Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD

(202) 807-5450

paul.delgrosso@gmail.com

www.pauldelgrosso.com

Paul is a clinical social worker with extensive experience providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families and groups. Paul was drawn to Schema Therapy after specializing for several years in PTSD and other forms of trauma. Paul discovered in his work that a significant proportion of clients did not respond fully to traditional therapies for trauma. He noticed that many of these clients experienced insecure attachments to caregivers during childhood, leading to the development of problematic schemas and self-defeating life patterns, which exacerbated subsequent trauma reactions. These observations led Paul to Schema Therapy as an effective way to identify and resolve unmet childhood needs—and more effectively resolve trauma and other hard-to-treat conditions. Paul completed advanced certification training in Schema Therapy at the NJ Institute for Schema Therapy and is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist. Paul is also trained in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Bowen Family Systems Therapy.

West Virginia

Sue DeVall

Near Martinsburg, WV

(304) 270-6108

devall444@aol.com

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I have a traditional private practice in West Virginia and provide online therapy to residents of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and to English speaking international clients. I specialize in treating borderline personality disorder, trauma and other challenging mental health issues using components of Schema Therapy, DBT, ACT, CBT, Coherence Therapy and Mindfulness.

Wisconsin

Michelle McHenry

Lacrosse, WI

(608) 606-0879

Michelle has worked in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the past 12 years. She is dual certified as a licensed professional counselor and substance abuse counselor in the state of Wisconsin. Michelle completed two Master of Science Degrees and has recently completed her PhD and ABD in Clinical Psychology. She works in the public sector with focus on adults between the ages of 18 and 65+ challenged with both substance abuse issues as well as mental health issues specializing in depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. She works with people in the capacity of individual and group psychotherapy. Her passion is connecting and working with individuals who are challenged with cluster B and cluster C personality traits.

Canada

Chirine Dakkak

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

(514) 924-1555

cdakkak@mapsychologue.ca

www.mapsychologue.ca

Chirine Dakkak is a clinical psychologist. She has been in private practice in the Montreal area since 2006 and is a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. Her doctoral work at Université de Sherbrooke is on clinicians’ attitudes toward borderline personality disorder. Chirine is known for her passion not just about psychotherapy but also about collaborating with media and informing the public, and has presented a psychology chronicle on Radio Canada International over a period of 6 years. She is specialized in Schema Therapy but combines different approaches when needed in order to help her clientele in the best way she can. Her services are offered in English, French and Arabic. Feel free to contact her or visit her website for more information.

Catherine Wood

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

(416) 926-7216

catherinewoodphd@gmail.com

www.catherinewoodphd.ca

Catherine Wood has been working with Schema Focused Therapy since 2000. Her PhD dissertation was on attachment theory and women and romantic relationships. She is passionate about her life calling as a Psychotherapist, and Life and Executive Coach. She loves to do deep psychotherapeutic work with adult women and men individually, or as couples to improve their lives, to maximize their joy and to live life fully. She is a certified Imago Couples Therapist, and has extensive training in Emotion Focused Couples therapy, and has extensive media experience typically in this area. Her undergraduate degree in business and marketing, and corporate work experience as a sales and management trainer positively impacts her understanding of clients’ work lives. Catherine works with individuals with anxiety, depression, dissatisfaction with current—or grief over past—relationships, work issues, or other issues that impact happiness.