Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Scheinkman, Michele

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_884-1


Michele Scheinkman, LCSW.


Michele Scheinkman has engaged in clinical practice and taught couples and family therapy courses for over 30 years. She has lectured in the United States and abroad on topics of expertise, including impasses, infidelity, intimacy, and jealousy. Throughout the course of her career, she has developed two noteworthy tools for couples therapy: the vulnerability cycle and the road map for couples therapy.


In 1975, Michele Scheinkman received a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Upon graduating, Scheinkman began her work as a psychotherapist, utilizing psychodynamic and problem-centered therapy with individuals, families, and groups at the Jewish Family and Community Services in Chicago, Illinois. From 1978 to 1979, she worked with a private practice facilitating group therapy at Clinica Social de Psicanalise in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While in Brazil, she became...

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Key Citations

  1. Scheinkman, M. (2008). The multi-level approach: A road map for couples therapy. Family Process, 47(2), 197–213.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Scheinkman, M., & Fishbane, M. (2004). The vulnerability cycle: Working with impasses in couple therapy. Family Process, 43(3), 279–299.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Scheinkman, M., & Werneck, D. (2010). Disarming jealousy in couples relationships: A multidimensional approach. Family Process, 49(4), 486–502.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1545-5300.2010.01335.x.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWestUSA
  2. 2.Marriage & Family Therapy ProgramUniversity of Saint JosephWestUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel M. Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HartfordUSA