© 2019 by Sally Skewes

Experience

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 an unexpected setback or working together on lifelong patterns. Through my work I have come to strongly believe that the origins of problematic patterns and challenging relationships stem from unmet core emotional needs in childhood.


I am a Clinical Psychologist with Advanced International Certification in Schema Therapy. I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Australia. I am registered with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and I am a registered Medicare provider.


Having worked across government, community, and private settings I have experience working with complex presentations, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders, childhood abuse and complex trauma, attachment-related issues, personality disorders and relationship and parenting difficulties.


I value psychological approaches that respond to the individual needs of the client and I utilise evidence-based treatments, including Schema Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, attachment-focused therapies, and Mindfulness.


I have experience providing assessment and intervention for families. I am trained in attachment-focused interventions and held a Clinical Psychologist position with the Government of South Australia, Specialist Child and Youth Service where I provided home-based intensive family intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, significant behavioural and emotional issues. I am a registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. I now hold a Clinical Psychologist position in an Early Childhood Intervention team, partnering with the NDIA (NDIS scheme). I provide specialist assessment of early childhood development, in particular social and emotional development and I develop NDIS plans based on the unique needs of each family.


Developing strong therapeutic relationships is at the centre of my approach, whereby we can make sense of life patterns based on an in-depth case conceptualisation. I have a strong interest in increasing the accessibility of Schema Therapy using innovative methods including technology and group schema therapy. I am passionate about ensuring that vulnerable clients are able to access the therapy they need.


I have recently developed an eHealth tool for Schema Therapy, Secure Nest, to enhance the experience for clients receiving Schema Therapy. You can read more about the platform on this page.


My professional registrations include being a member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) and I have undertaken training and supervision in Schema Therapy with supervisors in Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States. I have delivered workshops, published research, written book chapters and presented at national and international conferences, including previous ISST conferences in Istanbul, Vienna and Amsterdam in 2018. I was involved in the development of an internationally recognised training resource for new schema therapists (Fine Tuning Chair Work in Schema Therapy DVD).


I offer training and supervision in Schema Therapy and I am a part of Schema Therapy Training Australia, which is the largest Schema Therapy training provider in Australia. I am able to provide customised Schema Therapy training programs and workshops to meet the needs of organisations.