Schema Focused Therapy – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Schema Focused Therapy: This is an enhanced form of CBT that is helpful when the difficulties someone is experiencing are long-standing, and originated in childhood or adolescence. Schemas are collections of feelings, interpretations, thought and behaviour patterns that influence the way we interact with ourselves and others, and the world at large. Sometimes, we develop unhelpful schemas that get us stuck in recurring patterns or cycles that result in repetitive patterns of difficulty and pain.

Counselling Approach: When Schema Focused Therapy might be helpful to someone, I will usually begin by asking them to complete a long questionnaire at home, and bring it into the next session. If parts of the questionnaire seem to capture the difficulties the person is having, then we will begin to identify the schemas that are troubling them. We will then think about how to tackle these schemas, through increased awareness of how they get triggered, changing behaviour to reduce their influence, challenging thinking patterns that come from the schemas, and sometimes using imagery to relive and heal early memories that may have generated the schemas.

Dr Catherine Hynes Psychologist

Current Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422