Schema Therapy – Greta Neilsen

Greta Neilsen       Quals: BA (Hons), M Psych (Clin), Grad Dip Soc Sc (Psych), MAPS.

**Please note that Greta is no longer consulting at M1 Psychology.**

Schema Therapy: Schemas are the group of mental constructs or ideas that we have about something. Schema Therapy works with the maladaptive schemas individuals have about themselves, others and the future that are detrimental to healthy functioning. The schemas are believed to develop in childhood when a child’s needs are not met. For example, a child that is abused may develop the schema of mistrust/abuse, believing at their core that others cannot be trusted and will abuse them. Schema Therapy works to challenge the “trueness” of the schema and provide healthier alternatives to the problematic behaviour patterns that have developed to cope with the schema.  Schema therapy was developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder but can be helpful for a range of psychological concerns, particularly when difficult childhoods are present in the client’s history.

Fully adherent DBT involves group therapy, individual therapy, phone coaching and weekly team consultation meetings which all run concurrently for approximately a year. DBT informed therapy is where the principles and skills taught in DBT are applied in individual therapy only. The developer of DBT Marsha Lineham now promotes the teaching of DBT skills in any way that can be of benefit to the client, acknowledging that the full program is not always possible or suitable for all clients.

Counselling Approach: Greta uses Schema Therapy in her integrative approach to psychological therapy. Greta works collaboratively with her clients in a supportive and empathic environment, coaching them to change problematic habits into more adaptive ways of thinking, feeling, behaving and interacting with others.

Current Availability: Usually within 1-2 weeks. Works evenings and Saturdays.

Fees: Initial $240 and standard appts $195.  The rebate under Medicare is around $84 or higher if you have reached your medicare safety net limit.