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Certification in Schema Couples Therapy 

A specialty level Certification in Schema Couples Therapy was approved by the 2014-2016 ISST Executive Board. Schema Couples Therapy was developed by a workgroup (committee) of senior schema therapists, including but not limited to: Eckhard Roediger, Chiara Di Francesco, Travis Atkinson, Poul Perris, Larry Riso, Bruce Stevens, and Mary Giuffra.

Like the original schema therapy certification for work with individuals, Schema Couples Therapy has its own requirements, curriculum and competency rating scale. The application used for certification is the standard one used for all certifications. Below you will find links to all of the documents defining Schema Couples Therapy.


  1. Schema Couples Therapy Certification Requirements
  2. Schema Couples Therapy Curriculum 
  3. How to apply for certification 
  4. Application form 
  5. Schema Couples Therapy Competency Rating Scale 

The following ISST members have completed certification as Advanced level Consultants:

Couples ST Advanced Consultants

1) Travis Atkinson
2) Wendy Behary
3) Jeff Conway
4) Dave Edwards
5) Mary Giuffra
6) Eshkol Rafaeli
7) Lawrence Riso
8) Eckhard Roediger
9) Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco
10) Bruce Stevens
11) Poul Perris
12) Jeffrey Young
13) Eva Barkman
14) Carrola Johansson
15) Mia Ostlin

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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