for June, 2020

What is Schema Therapy?

Posted on June 30, 2020 in Uncategorized - 0

Schema therapy is an innovative psychotherapy for longstanding psychological disorders and disorders for which other methods have proved unsuccessful. It is an integrative approach that seeks to identify negative thoughts and behaviours and creating new and positive thoughts and behaviours. It combines many elements of cognitive, behavioural and experiential therapies which is extremely useful in dealing with chronic problems in a person’s life.

Generally there are 3 stages involved in Schema Therapy:

  1. Assessment
  2. Experential
  3. Behavioural

In the first stage, specific schemas (unhelpful beliefs and patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that were previously formed) are identified. Once the schemas are identified, your therapist will work with you to narrow down and understand how these schemas affect your day to day living. In the last phase, you and your therapist will determine the best way for dealing with the schemas and how to best achieve your goals.

Benefits of Schema Therapy

Schema therapy aims to empower you to better understand why you think and feel in certain ways. By recognising your schemas in play, it will help to change your thoughts and behaviours in a positive way. It opens the door for understanding and change.

Working with a schema therapist to recognise the dysfunctional schemas that are running your life in the background creates the opportunity for you to make positive changes of the long-held patterns. Schema therapy aims to help you get back in touch with your feelings, find better ways of dealing with your schemas and work to get your emotional needs met in healthier ways.

What is a Schema?

A maladaptive schema is “an extremely stable, enduring negative pattern that develops during childhood or adolescence and is elaborated through an individual’s life” (Bricker and Young, 2012).

Maladaptive schemas can continue to cause problems throughout life if they are not addresses.

There are 18 early maladaptive schemas

  • Emotional Deprivation
  • Abandonment/Instability
  • Mistrust/Abuse
  • Social Isolation/Alienation
  • Defectiveness/Shame
  • Failure
  • Dependence/Incompetence
  • Vulnerability to Harm and Illness
  • Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self
  • Subjugation
  • Self-Sacrifice
  • Emotional Inhibition
  • Unrelenting Standards/Hypercriticalness
  • Entitlement/Grandiosity
  • Insufficient Self-Control/Self-Discipline
  • Approval-Seeking/Recognition-Seeking
  • Negativity/Pessimism
  • Punitiveness

Chao (Iris) Huang is a psychologist at Psychology Consultants. Iris is passionate about practising schema therapy in her therapy work. She utilises experiential techniques such as Chairwork and Imagery work in her schema therapy sessions to help clients with their healing journey.

Do you have questions about Schema Therapy? We would love to hear your questions or please contact our Morningside office to book an appointment: (07) 3395 8633 or

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Psychologists jobs in Brisbane

Posted on June 15, 2020 in Uncategorized - 0

Clinical Psychologists wanted to join our team

Psychology Consultants is a Brisbane-based private practice, established in 1995. We have a team of 15 psychologists with offices based in Morningside and Newmarket.

Due to an extensive period of growth we currently have an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic part time or full time Clinical Psychologists to join our Newmarket and Morningside locations.

We offer a stimulating and rewarding work place in an environment that is friendly, professional and supportive. The successful candidate will have experience working with adults presenting with a range of cognitive, behavioural and emotional problems. There is also the opportunity to provide psychological services in special interest areas to adults, children, families, and groups.

The successful candidates will:
– Be a fully registered with AHPRA with an endorsement as a clinical psychologist
– Have the ability to obtain a Medicare provider number
– Have demonstrated clinical experience

To complement our team culture, the successful candidate will be flexible and reliable, with a focus and enthusiasm for providing a high quality service.

What we offer:

Psychology Consultants Directors: Dr Stan Steindl & Kathryn Smith

  • Professional consultation rooms
  • New client referrals
  • Administrative team that will also take care of all your bookings for you.
  • An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate.  Our long term practitioners are rewarded with a generous loyalty scheme.
  • You will also benefit from a practice that actively markets to maintain and increase it’s strong, well-established referral base.

If you believe you would make a great addition to our team please apply now by emailing a cover letter and resume to with the subject “Clinical Psychologist Position”.

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