Schema Focused Therapy – Dr Amanda White

Dr Amanda White   Quals: PhD, B Psych (Hons), B Beh Sc, DipH, MAPS.

Scheme Focused Therapy: The therapeutic system of Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) focuses on developing a healthy attachment style, emotional stability, and trust in relationships.

Counselling Approach: Amanda White can assist with SFT to help clients recognise habitual, maladaptive ways of being by identifying and then meeting core needs that were left unmet in early life experiences (a process termed “limited reparenting”). Maladaptive coping mechanisms can be challenged. Evidence-based practice shows that, through taking responsibility for personal growth, unhealthy life patterns can change.

Current Availability: Dr White’s books are currently closed to new clients. Please Visit the M1 Psychology website for details on other suitable psychologists.

Fees: Usually $220 for 50 min consultations. Initial Consultation $260.

Dr Amanda White PsychologistPractice Location:
Loganholme – Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now.



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



Schema Focused Therapy – Dr Michael Free

Dr Michael Free   Quals: BA (Psych), MA, Dip Clin Psych, PhD

Scheme Focused Therapy: Dr Free has an interest in the early life experiences and beliefs that lead to later emotional distress and counterproductive behaviour. He has undergone training in Schema Therapy by its originator, Jeffrey Young, and has incorporated aspects of schema therapy into his own approach, as published in the second edition of his book, “Cognitive Therapy in Groups“.

Counselling Approach: Dr Free can undertake therapy in lots of different ways, usually determined by the wishes of the client. He uses therapy approaches that include Cognitive Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness-based meditation therapies.

Fees: $170 per hour; bulk billing available for pensioners, unemployed, full-time secondary and tertiary students, and persons experiencing financial hardship, if they have been referred under the Better Access to Mental Health program. Full fee structure available on Dr Free’s website.

drfreeAvailability: Chapel Hill 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday; Ipswich Fridays only.

Practice Locations: Toddington Clinic, Chapel Hill and 100 Warwick Road, Ipswich.

Appointments: Please call 0412 132 560, or leave a message on 3720 1122.