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Hot Topics: Session 4

Topics Include: 

  • Group Therapy for Chronic Depression
  • Group Schema Therapy in an Ambulant Rehabilitation Setting
  • Group Schema Therapy as Personal Therapy for Students
  • Alexithymia and OCD in Group Schema Therapy 

by Rita Younan, Alexandra Schosser, Camila Järte, and Mandana Shaban 

Chair: Rita Younan


About the Presenters:

Rita Younan

Rita is a clinical psychologist, director and founder of the Schema Therapy Institute Australia.  She is certified in both Individual and Group Schema Therapy and has an ISST-Approved accredited training program. In conjunction with Professors Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw, Rita implemented an inpatient and outpatient Group Schema Therapy Department at a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  A feasibility study on the effectiveness of this treatment program was recently published in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. She works in private practice, using mostly schema therapy in both individual and group settings, and is involved in a number of research projects. In addition, Rita is also on the Group Certification Committee for ISST, along with the Quality Assurance Committee. 

Alexandra Schosser

Alexandra Schosser is medical director of an ambulant psychiatric rehabilitation clinics in Vienna, lecturer at the Medical University Vienna, medical specialist in psychiatry with a cognitive behavioural background, and supervisor in individual schematherapy. She is member of the ISST Training and Certification Committee (local reviewer for Austria) and was as former ISST board member (Vizepresident from 2015 to 2016), as such  involved in organising the INSPIRE 2016 conference in Vienna, Austria.

Mandana Shaban

Mandana is a clinical psychologist, she is spending ISST approved training program by Paul Kasyanik and Elena Romanova. She also spent some other training by Christof loose and Remco Vander Wijngaart. She work in private practice, using mostly schema therapy in both individual and group setting. In addition Mandana is now working on her PhD thesis in line with Schema Therapy for Schema therapists.

Camila Järte 

MSc in Psychology, Licensed Psychotherapist & Training Co-ordinator at Swedish Institute for CBT & Schema Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden

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.

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