Dr. Rita Younan
Dr Younan is the director and founder of the Schema Therapy Institute Australia. Dr Younan works both in Individual and Group Schema Therapy and was the Director of The Schema Therapy Department at The Victoria Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In collaborating with the founders of Group Schema Therapy, Professor Joan Farrell & Ms Ida Shaw, Dr Younan developed an intensive 4-week inpatient program in Group Schema Therapy for Complex Trauma and subsequent outpatient program.
Dr Younan has been provided with permission to empirically assess the feasibility and efficacy of this treatment program and recently presented the data as part of a Schema Therapy Panel at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. Dr Younan was invited to present this data in Vienna, Austria at the International Conference for Schema Therapy as part of a panel devoted to Group Schema Therapy.
Dr. Younan is also a member of the Certification Committee for Group Schema Therapy and Quality Assurance Committee for the International Society of Schema Therapy.
Dr Younan is a clinical supervisor/teacher for Australian Catholic University at the Post-Graduate level
Ms. Rachael Torcasio
Rachael is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children and adults. She is responsible for coordinating and facilitating group Schema Therapy programs at the Schema Therapy Institute Australia.
In May 2019 she will undertake further training in Child and Adolescent Schema Therapy, to further apply schema therapy techniques in her work with children and adolescents. Rachael has experience working in a hospital, private practice, primary school and social work community setting and is passionate about working with those experiencing difficulty with trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, phobias, social or home-life difficulties. Rachael also uses Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and relaxation techniques amongst her therapeutic approaches.
Charlotte is a registered psychologist who holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She is in the final stages of a registrar program to become an endorsed Clinical Psychologist, and is completing International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) Certification.
Charlotte has worked extensively with adolescent and adult clients in settings including private practice and tertiary counselling. She assists clients experiencing a broad range of psychological concerns, and has a particular interest in life adjustments, career transitions, relationship difficulties, body image and eating concerns, emotional regulation and anger management.
Charlotte’s therapeutic approach is tailored according to each client’s needs and treatment goals. Her primary therapeutic modalities are Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and she also draws from family systems and psychodynamic approaches.
Charlotte has a warm and collaborative style, and uses a supportive interpersonal approach to encourage clients to explore their experiences without judgement. She shares her rationale for treatment and encourages client feedback.
Dr Tracy Garvin
Tracy is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working as a clinical psychologist in a range of settings. Tracy has predominantly worked with young people and families as well as adults in both hospital and private settings. Tracy utilises a range of approaches including schema therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness based approaches.
Tracy has extensive training in mindfulness meditation and provides training on mindfulness and self-compassion to health practitioners. She has also been involved in research in the application of mindfulness to depression. Tracy is a registered supervisor and provides clinical supervision at Headspace sites and Australian Catholic University.
Tracy is undertaking her schema therapy accreditation and has an interest in helping people overcome past trauma, disordered eating and difficulties with anxiety and depression. Tracy will collaboratively work with you develop an approach that suits your goals, needs and strengths.
Gavriel is currently studying psychology and has an interest in working with marginalized communities, specifically in the areas of gender and sexuality. Whilst working towards his professional qualifications, Gavriel works as the intake coordinator for Schema Therapy Institute Australia, and assists people in finding the right practitioner for their individual needs, Gavriel does this with compassion, warmth and understanding. Gavriel is passionate about helping people understand themselves better, develop a quality of life that is meaningful to them and believes the field of psychology, through therapies like Schema Therapy, Therapy can assist people in achieving these goals.