Client Resources

Positive Behavior Checklist

This is a list of positive behaviors for people in a relationship to do for each other. I regularly use this exercise when Iím working with couples. The form can be used to keep track of positive behaviors requested and done on a daily basis.

Positive Behavior Checklist Backup

When I first started to hand out this form to clients and explain its use it took me about five to ten minutes to explain. Each time I did this I picked up a new analogy or example so that it ultimately took me 45 minutes to get through the explanation. In order to save everyone some time, I wrote up this document that describes how couples can best use the form to make their relationship better.


This is an article I wrote with my colleague, Mark Glat, of Princeton University. This is a user-friendly framework that helps clients and therapists together to conceptualize psychological problems into four simple categories:

  • Cognitive (Thinking),
  • Action,
  • Relaxation, and
  • Emotional Expression.


In 2008, I gave a presentation at the international conference of the ISST on integrating mindfulness meditation techniques into Schema Therapy. I was then invited to write up my presentation in the form of a chapter for the book The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice. This briefly describes seven simple mindfulness techniques that can be used as an adjunct to therapy.

Clientís Guide to Schema Therapy

For many years Iíve been working with Jeffrey Young, creator of Schema Therapy. Together, we wrote an article called A Client's Guide to Schema Therapy. Itís intended to be an introduction for clients who may be new to Schema Therapy, or want to know more about the technique.

Press Mentions

After September 11th, 2001, I found myself doing a lot of trauma work with survivors of the attacks. An article about one of my patients and the work I did with them was printed in the New York Times.