Michelle Skeen

Michelle Skeen says: I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and completed my postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco. I received my BA and MA from Mills College in Oakland, California.

I was introduced to Schema therapy by Matthew McKay, PhD during my doctoral program at the Wright Institute. Jeffrey Young’s brilliant framework for understanding ourselves and others immediately resonated with me. I pursued a deeper understanding of schema therapy by attending three of Jeff’s intensive workshops. I began using schema therapy with my clients during my clinical training and I witnessed the empowering effects of this important piece of self-knowledge.

When I was approached to write The Critical Partner, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to possibly reach an audience that is unaware of schema theory or provide those who are familiar with schema theory another way to utilize their knowledge.

My second book is a guide for clinicians that has been several years in the making.

My third book is a collaboration with Matthew McKay PhD, Avigail Lev PsyD and Patrick Fanning. It is titled The Interpersonal Problems Workbook: ACT to End Painful Relationship Patterns. It is a self-help workbook based on the empirically validated protocol presented in the clinician’s workbook.

My fourth book with New Harbinger Publications, Love Me, Don’t Leave Me: Overcoming Fear of Abandonment and Building Lasting, Loving Relationships, is a self-help book that uses schema therapy and mindfulness based approaches to help the reader work through the painful emotions and negative thoughts that stem from past experiences while learning to recognize and change the behaviors that are harmful to relationships, with the ultimate goal of getting closer to the loving and lasting connections that everyone deserves.

In my clinical work, I have provided brief and long-term therapy for individuals and couples utilizing schema, cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies to address interpersonal issues, weight management, anger, depression, anxiety, disabilities and trauma.
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