Wendy T. Behary

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With 25+ years professional experience and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. Wendy was on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York (until the Institutes merged in 2012), where she trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989. She is a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck’s Institute).  Wendy served the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010-2014, and is currently the chair of the Schema Therapy Development Programs Sub-Committee for the ISST; She also served as the Training and Certification Coordinator for the ISST Executive Board from 2008-2010.

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of an international bestselling book, "Disarming the Narcissist...”  (New Harbinger, 2nd edition) translated in 12 languages.  Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism for professional readers. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, narcissism, interpersonal relationships, anger, and dealing with difficult people. She receives consistent high praise for her clear and articulate teaching style and her ability to bring the therapy to life through dramatic demonstrations of client interactions in the treatment room.

Her work industry business speaking engagements focus on interpersonal conflict resolution. Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, and couples experiencing relationship problems.


Behary, Wendy T., Chapter 14: The Art of Empathic Confrontation and Limit Setting, Heath, G., and Startup, H. editors; Creative Methods in Schema Therapy, Advances and Innovation in Clinical Practice, Routledge Publications, June 2020.

Behary, Wendy T. and Davis, Denise D; Chapter 14, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Beck, Aaron; Davis Denise; Freeman, Arthur, Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, 3rd  Edition; Guilford, October 2014.

Behary, Wendy, Disarming the Narcissist...Surviving and Thriving with the Self- Absorbed, New Harbinger Publications; 2nd  edition, July 2013

Behary, Wendy
Article: “Challenging The Narcissist, How to Find Pathways to Empathy” Psychotherapy Networker (July/August, 2013)

Behary, Wendy & Dieckmann, Eva, MD, Schematherapie: Ein Ansatz zur Behandlung narzisstischer Persönlichkeitsstörungen, Translation: “Pattern therapy: A Beginning for the Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disturbances”, Germany 2010.

Behary, Wendy, Article: ‘In Consultation’: The Way To Say It... Taking on Some of the Most Challenging Moments in the Treatment Room, Psychotherapy Networker, May/June, 2010

Behary, Wendy, Disarming The Narcissist...Surviving and Thriving With The Self- Absorbed, New Harbinger Publications, 2008 (1st  edition)

Behary, W., Dieckmann, E. Chapter: The Art of Adaptive Re-Parenting in the Treatment of Narcissism, Ogrodniczuk, John S., Editor, Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism, American Psychological Association; 1st edition (January 16, 2013)

Behary, W., Chapter: Schema Therapy for Narcissism; van Vreeswijk, M, Broersen, J, and Nadort, M, editors: The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell; 1st Edition, March 22, 2012.

Behary, W. and Dieckmann, E., Chapter 40, Schema Therapy for Narcissism: The Art of Empathic Confrontation, Limit-Setting, and Leverage; Campbell, W. Keith, and Miller, Joshua D., editors, The Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Findings, and Treatments, Wiley Publications; 1 edition (August 9, 2011).


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