What is a schema?

A schema is an extremely stable, enduring set of beliefs that develop during childhood and adolescence. These schemas influence how we see the world and provide a template for, not only a sense of self, but how we view others. They can therefore influence the way that we interact with others. Our schemas act as an emotional button. When activated we can experience emotions that are painful and distressing. As a consequence of our early schemas, we may engage in coping behaviours that are no longer useful for where we currently are in our lives.

What is Complex Trauma?

Complex trauma is a condition that develops from traumatic experiences in childhood and/or adolescence. These traumatic experiences may be due to physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or experiences of emotional deprivation and attachment injury. As these experiences occur at a time when a person is young and vulnerable, they can have life-long lasting effects including emotional and interpersonal difficulties. These difficulties are often reinforced and maintained by trauma-related schemas arising from early experiences.

Who is the program for? 

The Schema Therapy program is designed for individuals with long-standing emotional and interpersonal difficulties, in particular those with a history of complex trauma, traits of Borderline Personality Disorder or chronic depression.

How will it help me?

The Schema Therapy for Complex Trauma Program is a 4-week specialist inpatient group program aimed at supporting participants to:

  • Understand the different modes or states that characterise schema activation.
  • Understand how early experiences have contributed to current patterns of thinking, feeling and responding.
  • Develop adaptive affect regulation attitudes and strategies to manage schema activation.
  • Develop adaptive interpersonal attitudes and strategies to manage schema activation.

We progress towards these goals through experiential and reflective group work from Mondays to Fridays. Participants will also have access to individual support with facilitators.

Please note that participation in the program at The Victoria Clinic can only be a part of your therapeutic journey toward healing the legacy of complex trauma. We recommend that you continue the work with a schema therapist in the community.

How do I access the program?

A GP referral is required to access this program.

Your referral can be addressed to ‘Dear Doctor’ or to one of our accredited psychiatrists and faxed to Intake on 03 9526 0254.

Please click HERE for further information on the referral process.

Participants who have an existing relationship with The Victoria Clinic can be directly referred to the inpatient program by their accredited Psychiatrist.

How much does it cost?

All referrals are subject to a health fund check prior to admission or commencing a program.

We have agreements with Private Health Funds, DVA, WorkCover and TAC however, self-funding is also an option.

Our Patient Services Staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have in relation to cost. Please call us on 03 9526 0258 to discuss your options.

More information?

Any questions regarding this program can be directed to our Intake Team on (03) 9526 0295

  • Inpatient Schema Program - Click HERE for brochure
  • Inpatient Programs and Services
    • Emotion Management Inpatient Program – Click HERE
    • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Click HERE
    • General Inpatient Program – Click HERE
    • Electroconvulsive Therapy – Click HERE
    • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) – Click HERE

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