About Us


Welcome to the Schema Therapy Institute

I am so excited about the opening of our new stand alone clinic in Essendon. Our team will be a group of passionate clinicians offering a range of services in Schema Therapy and other evidenced based psychotherapies.

Clients will be welcomed by warm administrative staff to help with their treatment enquiries.  The new space allows for an expansion of the group program with a group room on site.  We will also be offering Trauma Informed Yoga from this clinic, which represents our belief that trauma and emotional distress is held in the body and requires a holistic approach.  I am so pleased that we will have a multidisciplinary team as part of the service including a consultant psychiatrist, occupational therapist and child and adolescent clinical psychologist.

Dr. Rita Younan. Clinical Psychologist.

Schema Therapy

As a psychotherapy, Schema Therapy is a deeper way of working and allows both client and practitioner to understand the developmental origins of  someone’s difficulties.  The therapy attempts to treat beyond just symptoms but create a healing opportunity to early adverse experiences that relate to the problems being experienced.


As a practitioner, this very humanistic approach feels like a very natural and rewarding process and way to work.  The theory and approach itself also resonates for clinicians, as we too have schemas and modes and thus have an appreciation for how these difficulties can come about and the enormous effort involved in creating change in one’s life.


I too had a similar experience to Jeff Young, in that some individuals were not responding to traditional therapy methods that did not have a greater emphasis on how our past experiences shape our current difficulties.  For this reason Jeff has devoted his life to developing this highly effective and evidence based therapy.  Like many other practitioners and clients,  I am deeply grateful!

  • Schema Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Sensory Modulation
  • Mindfulness/Yoga
  • Group Therapy
  • Upskilling & training pathways for psychologists
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Our Services

Individual Therapy

Individual Schema Therapy is offered to individuals who present with long-standing mental health difficulties including character pathology.


Schema Therapy Institute offers professional supervision including certification in Schema Therapy, for an area of endorsement, and supervision for registration purposes.

Group Therapy

Group therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for a number of psychological problems and disorders.


Psychological assessments are utilised to identify underlying challenges, aide in diagnosis, and aide in treatment planning. STI Australia offers gold standard assessment in intellectual, educational, clinical, social-emotional, and functional assessments.


This training is for therapists who are registered with their professional body, including psychologists, social workers, nurses, mental health clinicians, Occupational therapists and psychiatrists.