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Watch Wendy Behary's keynote address at INSPIRE 2016 in Vienna.

28 Jan 2017 3:10 PM | Travis Atkinson (Administrator)

Time to renew your ISST membership for 2017, and continue to enjoy member exclusives, like Wendy Behary's Keynote Address at INSPIRE 2016 in Vienna.

"Harnessing a Sturdy & Effective Empathically Attuned Caregiver Mode in the Treatment Room"

Keynote by Wendy T. Behary

~Empathy is not just a therapeutic skill; it is a basic relationship process~* 

The data suggests that empathically attuned resonance generates an emotionally robust healing link in the therapy relationship, necessary for change to occur.

Triggered by schemas and modes in the treatment room, therapists can become distracted—preoccupied with vulnerability, emotional safety, or incompetence; held hostage by our own once-upon-a-time early experiences, thus hindering the empathically attuned stance of the adaptive caregiving mode.

Decentering ourselves in the treatment room involves emotionally protecting our vulnerable side without completely muting our realness when activated by implicit and explicit conditions that might overwhelm and distract us from an otherwise sturdy and empathic posture.
*(Bohart&Greenberg, et al., 1997)

Wendy T. Behary: as the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy, Wendy has been treating clients, training professionals, and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years.

Wendy served as the President of the Executive Board for the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010 to 2014, and is currently the chair of the Brainstorming Sub-Committee for ISST.


Wendy specializes in treating narcissists, and the people who live with and deal with them. She has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy, and is the author of Disarming the Narcissist, now translated in 10 languages and in its second edition (New Harbinger, 2013).

Wendy lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences, and her private practice is located in Springfield, New Jersey.

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