The Schema-Focused model was developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young, who initially worked closely with Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy. SF-CBT uses evidence-based cognitive-behaviour therapy strategies, with an emphasis on targeting an individual’s deeper level negative beliefs (schemas) and life patterns to make broader and more sustainable positive life changes. The schemas that are targeted in treatment are enduring and self-defeating patterns that typically begin early in life. These patterns consist of negative/dysfunctional thoughts and feelings, have been repeated and elaborated upon, and pose obstacles for accomplishing one’s goals and getting one’s needs met.

SF-CBT was designed to treat a variety of long-standing emotional difficulties, with individuals & couples. The goal in this form of therapy is to help patients get their core needs met in an adaptive manner by changing maladaptive schemas (or core beliefs) and coping responses. This therapy combines the best elements of cognitive-behavioural, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one comprehensive model. Schema-Focused Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative (“maladaptive”) patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful. 


Confidentiality

Your information is considered and treated as private and confidential. All information gathered is part of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your condition. We keep all necessary information on file to document what happens during sessions so that your Psychologist can provide an efficient and ethical psychological service. There are some exceptions to this confidentiality however, around issues such as reported risk to yourself, reported risk to others, child safety issues and legal privilege (i.e., if a file is subpoenaed for any legal issues). Your psychologist will discuss these exceptions with you at the outset of therapy so that you are clear about the limitations to confidentiality. Outside of these few issues however, your confidentiality is always fully maintained.

Professional standards

As Associate Members and/or Members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), our psychologists abide by our professional body’s Ethical Code and professional standards. We are all fully registered with the Psychologists Registration Board of Queensland. We have all attained a Masters Degree or higher in Clinical Psychology and/or have attained at least 10 years professional clinical experience. We are all committed to and are engaged in ongoing professional development and peer supervision as a means of maintaining our professional standards.