What is Schema Therapy?
Schema Therapy is a treatment modality that goes beyond simply symptom management, exploring how individuals can improve their overall quality of life, develop stronger and healthier relationships, and find a sense of autonomy and competence in their lives. It is typically a longer-term therapy modality that focuses treating psychological challenges through, cognitive, behaviour, and emotional corrective experiences. To date Schema Therapy has strong evidence with complex psychological problems that have had little response to other forms of treatment.
What is Group Schema Therapy for Adolescents?
Group schema therapy* for adolescents at Schema Therapy Institute Australia (STIA) is a 10 week program that includes schema therapy techniques adapted to the group setting. This includes psycho education on ‘schemas’ and ‘modes’ and how these contribute to mental health problems, emotional awareness training, distress management and anxiety coping skills, and work on improving relationships. Each week there will be group discussion, activities to help identify and manage problem schemas with examples from the group, and tasks set to complete at home.
Schema therapy is a long-term treatment that aims to address chronic emotional, social and behavioural problems through helping people recognise the impact of core ‘schemas’ that emerge early in life, often due to unmet childhood needs. These schemas can be understood as repetitive themes that influence how we experience the world and our place within it, often leading to negative outcomes. In ST we aim to become more aware of these and challenge problematic behaviour patterns that arise from them.
- Group Schema Therapy at STIA is an adaptation of Group Schema Therapy for Borderline
Personality Disorder by Farrell & Shaw (2012).
When does it start?
The group will commence on Saturday February 5th 2022 and run from 11am – 12.30pm every Saturday over a 10 week period.
Please note that participants will be required to attend at least ~80% of the sessions (i.e., 8 weeks out of 10).
Who can join?
The group is suitable for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19
The group is appropriate for clients who experience chronic mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, low selfesteem and relationship conflict. Prospective group members will be asked to complete an ‘assessment pack’ prior to week 1 to ensure that the program is the best fit for their individual needs.
It is recommended that participants also attend individual therapy while they are in the group and weekly-fortnightly sessions with a provisional psychologist will be offered as an option for those who do not have a therapist already.
It is also recommended that, if possible, participants have attended the Group DBT Skills Training program prior to joining, as it is essential to have learnt core emotional coping skills before participating in the adolescent group. However, this is not an
absolute pre-requisite for joining.
Who runs the group?
The group is run by Jonathan Rasmussen, who is a clinical psychologist with much experience providing mental health support to adolescents and young people.
Jonathan is trained in the use of schema therapy for a variety of different presenting problems and has experience running an emotion regulation skills group at headspace Sunshine, ‘the Music and Mood group’. In this group adolescents shared examples of how they used music to help cope with their mental health challenges and were provided tools to better regulate emotions using music (e.g., making playlists based on mood).
Jonathan has a specific interest in providing schema therapy to address emerging relational and emotional problems in young
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
How do I register?
Please register your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Jessica Alabakis is responsible for group intake and coordination and will handle your inquiry.