Group ST for Chronic Depression

What is Schema Therapy?

Unlike other approaches that focus on skill acquisition, Schema Therapy goes beyond symptom management and helps individuals improve their overall quality of life, have healthier relationships and to have a sense of confidence and empowerment in their lives.  Through focusing on deeper psychological issues, Schema Therapy has proven to be effective with complex psychological problems, including Personality Disorders, Complex/Developmental Trauma, Chronic Mood Disturbance and interpersonal problems that have not responded to other treatments.

Why do Group Schema Therapy ?

Group therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for a number of psychological problems and disorders.  There are many benefits of group therapy that can not be achieved in individual therapy.  Individuals who have had a history of developmental trauma, sometimes encounter problems in relationships which may include a lack of trust, increased conflict, and feelings of not belonging or a sense of isolation in their mental health difficulties.  Group therapy addresses these areas in a way that individual therapy cannot.  Many people who have completed group therapy, namely Group Schema Therapy, reflect on how they felt a sense of belonging, normalisation and trust in communicating their emotional needs and opinions with others that had previously been very difficult.

What does the program actually entail?

The Group Schema Therapy program at the Schema Therapy Institute Australia, is an adaptation of Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder, that was developed by Professor Joan Farrell & Ms Ida Shaw.  The group treatment program integrates psychoeducation on the development of Schemas & Modes and how they relate to psychological problems and symptoms, emotional awareness training, distress management/coping skills and improved relationships.

We have recently introduced a six week pre-GST DBT skills group to be completed first.  The group co-ordinator will discuss this with you. 

How much does it cost?

The cost per session for group is $120. Participants who are in financial hardship can discuss a reduced fee during intake. Participants will be provided with a workbook and relevant handouts on a session by session basis. There is no initial assessment for the program, however it is expected that participants complete a detailed acceptance package that includes a life history questionnaire and an attachment questionnaire. Medicare rebates can apply to group for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Participants may also be asked to attend a feedback session.

Is there a Pre-requisite?

Our Group DBT Skills Training is designed to be a one-off group, however, it is also an essential pre-requisite group for all individuals who wish to complete Group Schema Therapy at Schema Therapy Institute Australia. We recommend this as a pre-requisite as based on information from previous Group Schema Therapy participants, we have found that it is essential to learn effective and adaptive coping skills prior to completing the course.

What will be asked of me?

You will be required to complete an assessment package that will be sent to you upon acceptance to the group to ensure the program is a right fit for your individual needs.  Participants are expected to attend all sessions across the 20 weeks.  Participants are also expected to do all in between session tasks that are set week to week.

When does it start?

The next Group Schema Therapy Program for chronic depression will be early 2022 – Dates to be confirmed. Please express interest below.

Who runs the Group Program?

Various practitioners in the team run groups at Schema Therapy Institute, depending on specific group.

How do I register?

Please register your interest by emailing: group@schematherapyinstituteaustralia.com.au; Ms Jessica Alabakis is responsible for group intake and co-ordination and will handle your inquiry.

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