I am a clinical psychologist and researcher living and working out of sunny Sydney Australia. After ‘cutting my teeth’ as a clinician working in public mental health facilities in Sydney, from 2010-2017 I have split my time between supervising and lecturing on Clinical Psychology Masters programs (Western Sydney University; University of Technology) and running a small private practice. This practice has evolved into Schema Therapy Sydney the first schema therapy focused private practice to be established in Sydney. For the past 5 years I have been affiliated with the ISST accredited training program Schema Therapy Training Australia (with Chris Hayes) and now regularly provide accredited schema trainings across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This particularly aligns to my valuing of diversity for the society, and the need to ‘spread the word’ about schema to diverse contexts.
Just this year, I also co-authored a new schema therapy book Contextual Schema Therapy along with Eckhard Roediger and Bruce Stevens, recently published by New Harbinger in June 2018. My major contribution to this work has been on integrating 3rd wave techniques (e.g. Mindfulness, Self-compassion, Values) to explicitly build the healthy adult mode.
In 2016 in Vienna, I was honored by my ISST colleagues with the ‘Young Investigator’ award for my research on the application of schema therapy to GAD and pathological worry processes. This reveals my passion for clinical research, and my general conviction in the importance of research to keep driving the model forward. I currently hold a senior research fellowship with Australian Catholic University where I am currently engaged in clinical research focusing on extending the schema model into novel populations (e.g. GAD, Eating Disorders, HIV Sufferers, Problem Gamblers, Forensic Patients, and Psychosis), Schema Therapy Self-Reflection/Self-Practice (with Joan and Ida), and the cross-cultural application of schema therapy (with Malaysian and Singaporean colleagues). I have a strong track record of international research collaboration, with involvement in current international research projects spanning The Netherlands, UK, USA, Malaysia, and Singapore. In particular, I have been able to use the strong international networks forged through providing trainings internationally, to connect ISST colleagues together for research collaboration.
Why vote for me? If elected to this research position, I will continue to drive collaboration between our ISST research colleagues as best I can, with a focus on diversity and connection.
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Why Schema Therapy?
Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.