About Sally Skewes

For a long time I have been drawn to supporting people with the difficulties and challenges that life can bring. Whether it's helping someone to get back on their feet after a life setback or working together on lifelong patterns. Through my work I have come to strongly believe that the origins of problematic patterns stem from unmet core emotional needs in childhood.

I value psychological approaches which respond to the individual needs of the client and I use an approach to therapy which integrates Schema Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation.

I have a special interest in Schema Therapy. I am passionate about working with clients presenting with personality disorders and complex needs. I appreciate the opportunity to develop strong therapeutic relationships, whereby we can make sense of life patterns based on an in-depth case conceptualisation. I have a strong interest in increasing accessibility to Schema Therapy using innovative methods including technology and group work.

I have experience working with a wide range of clients presenting with complex difficulties, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, grief and loss, abuse and trauma, eating disorders and self image, self-esteem and relationship issues. I also have experience working with families of children with autism spectrum disorders. I work with adults, adolescents, school-age children and families.

I have worked in the public sector and in a variety of community mental health settings, including psychology clinics, a not-for-profit organisation set up to support disadvantaged young people and a grief and loss support service.

I am an accredited Schema Therapy Supervisor-Trainer having completed the ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy) Advanced Level Certification Program. I provide supervision which can contribute towards certification requirements.

I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I am registered to practice under the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and am also registered as a Medicare provider.

My Masters thesis was on Group Schema Therapy for personality disorders and I am part of a research group which is currently investigating the effectiveness of Group Schema Therapy for complex eating disorders. I have published preliminary research on short-term group Schema Therapy for mixed personality disorders, and I am part of an international research group that is currently carrying out preliminary investigations into the effectiveness of Schema Therapy for severe Anorexia Nervosa.

I have recently developed an e-Health tool for Schema Therapy, Secure Nest:

Secure Nest is an e-Health tool which is designed specifically to complement Schema Therapy. Secure Nest provides a collaborative workspace for therapists to support their clients using schema therapy based on the schema mode model. Clients and therapists have reported benefits of Secure Nest, which include:

• Meeting clients' needs between sessions

• Providing a sense of ongoing contact, connection and sharing

• Facilitating mode awareness and reflection in the moment

• Self-monitoring and tracking therapeutic progress

• Ease of access to therapy tools and organisation of information

• Contributing to collaboration and a sense of togetherness

Secure Nest is a resource which can enhance therapeutic work. For more information or to register for a free trial account, please visit: www.SecureNest.org
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