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Schema therapy

Schema therapy empowers people to change negative life patterns or themes in thinking, and the related emotions and behaviours. In schema therapy clients work together with their therapist to address and modify these deeper patterns or themes, also known as "schemas".

The schemas that are targeted in therapy are enduring and self-defeating patterns that typically begin early in life (during childhood and adolescence). Schemas develop in response to our needs not being met (needs such as safety, love, emotional connection and attention) and are usually repeated throughout our lives within our relationships as adults.

Schemas interfere with us getting our emotional needs met as adults. They can often lead to difficulties interacting and forming connections with other people, as well as a general sense of dissatisfaction with life. If our emotional needs remain unmet within our relationships, it is virtually impossible to develop a sense of well-being or happiness in life.

In schema therapy clients work together with their therapist to identify and explore the origins of their schemas. After understanding why their schemas have developed, the emphasis is on working towards healing the schemas. The aim of schema therapy is to truly shift the way a person feels about themselves and others, not just to change the way that they think.

Secure Nest assists therapists and clients to enhance connection and engagement between sessions, along with promoting self-expression and autonomy. Our platform provides a collaborative workspace for therapists to support their clients using schema therapy for individual or group therapy settings. Secure Nest also provides a self-education program where individuals can learn about schema therapy.

Connecting clients and therapists

  • Therapists and clients can develop a stronger bond with each other using the built-in communication tools.
  • Activity feed showing recent events performed on Secure Nest by the therapist or client.

Get a better understanding of yourself

  • 'My Modes' and ‘Mode Diary’ will help individuals to understand themselves, their feelings and their personal patterns.
  • The ‘Library’ assists individuals in understanding the schema therapy model.

Access support using tools

  • Individuals are supported by a range of evidence-based therapy tools, including our 'Self-Education Program'.
  • Individuals are given strategies they can immediately apply to real-world challenges and emotional problems to achieve success earlier in therapy.

Keep track of progress

  • Progress can be monitored using our built-in charts.
  • Ratings of modes and measures of well-being can also be used as a therapeutic instrument to discuss outcomes with clients in therapy.

Promote reflection

  • Past ‘Homework’ activities and 'Mode Diaries' are easy to access, stored by date of assignment or completion.
  • 'My Files' provides centralised storage allowing file uploads, for example: retrieval of recorded messages from a mobile device or computer.

Change negative life patterns

  • Accessible goals provide individuals with motivation to change.
  • The ‘Calendar’ feature allows the creation of appointments to schedule homework activities, ‘My Journal’ entries and mode awareness exercises.

about us


At Secure Nest our mission is to increase the accessibility of schema therapy to enrich the wellbeing of individuals. We provide a range of tools which empower individuals to change negative life patterns and get their core emotional needs met in everyday life.

Our name, Secure Nest, was inspired by an element of attachment and a developmental process called 'a secure base'. After repeated experiences with their attachment figures, children or individuals in therapy internalise these relationships for a sense of security that can be utilised when physically distant from their attachment figures. Secure Nest itself can act as a transitional object in-between sessions – as it serves as a link to the therapist.

We hope that Secure Nest can provide you with the resources to understand your life patterns, strengthen your connections and attain your personal goals. Hummingbirds create incredibly rich and complex lives by following their curiosity. We hope you can have a similar experience on your inner journey.

meet our team

We collaborate with a number of leaders in the field and partners from all over the world, but our core team consists of...

  • Diana Kleijzen
    Traction Lead Read More

    Diana is a Clinical Psychologist and is certified as a Schema Therapist. She is working toward her qualifications as a Supervisor with the International Society of Schema Therapy and the Dutch ST-society. Diana specialises in using schema therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in her private practice (KiK Psychotherapie). Diana has an interest in training people to develop healthy life patterns and put more joy and play into life using schema therapy.

  • Sally Skewes
    Co-Founder / Therapy Lead Read More

    Sally is a Clinical Psychologist and is certified as a Schema Therapist and Supervisor with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). Sally has co-authored book chapters and articles on schema therapy, presented workshops on schema therapy and eHealth, and played a role in training DVDs. Sally has a strong interest in increasing the accessibility of schema therapy using innovative methods including the use of technology platforms and group work.

  • Michiel Van Vreeswijk
    Advisor Read More

    Michiel is a Clinical Psychologist and is certified as a Schema Therapist and Supervisor with the International Society of Schema Therapy and the Dutch ST-society. He is a certified CBT practitioner and supervisor and is CEO of G-kracht Psychomedisch Centrum BV and Ster-kracht in the Netherlands. He has written and edited several books, chapters and articles on schema therapy. Michiel's contributions were invaluable in developing the self-education and module features.

  • Joseph Skewes
    Co-Founder / Business & IT Lead Read More

    Joseph has worked in IT roles (technical and leadership) over the past decade and prior to that in banking. His background provides skills and experience across a number of areas that assist him with managing the technology and operational aspects of Secure Nest. He has a particular interest in building innovative technology solutions which can provide tangible benefits to those who use them. Joseph managed the technical development of Secure Nest, from functionality to design.

our Plans

Therapist Individual
Trial $0.00 $0.00
1 month - $29.00
3 Months $39.00 $79.00
1 year $139.00 $279.00

We offer discount for government agencies, institutions and practices looking for a multi-user licensing package and would encourage you to touch base with us at littlebird@securenest.org (or using the contact form at the bottom of the page) with your requirements so that we can tailor a package to suit your needs.

Prices displayed are in Australian Dollars. A standard subscription through the site is provided by PayPal (auto-renewing), however we can provide alternative methods if you contact us.

Get in touch with us

If you are a therapist, client or otherwise interested in Secure Nest, we would love to hear from you. Share your successes using the site, ask questions or provide feedback, you can even request a free training session (video conference) to ensure you are getting the most out of the site features.


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