“Secure Nest provides extensive and flexible features for both individual and group schema therapy. Let me guide you through how I use Secure Nest with my clients.” – Sally Skewes

“When I begin therapy with a new client I like to create their case conceptualisation on Secure Nest using the inbuilt schema therapy assessments and My Modes. I can build on this over time as we progress through therapy together. I have my clients choose personalised images for each of their modes, which can reflect their personal experience.” – Sally

My Modes

Information specific to each client’s individualised modes can be included to help re-activate knowledge from the session and encourage processing between the sessions. Relevant modes are assessed and populated into My Modes using inbuilt questionnaires.

“Early in therapy I like to provide schema mindfulness and imagery exercises from the Library to my clients, which I create as homework entries or just send using the inbuilt messaging (Notes).” – Sally


Modules cover the core concepts of schema therapy, schema therapy techniques and mindfulness exercises. Link these modules in My Modes for a client or assign them as Homework exercises at an appropriate point in therapy.

  • 18 mindfulness audio exercises, specific to each schema
  • 16 educational modules introducing schema therapy concepts
  • 20 session Group Schema Therapy protocol
  • Modules to introduce Secure Nest into schema therapy

“I find that the Self-Education Program provides an introduction to schema therapy concepts for my clients. I learn a lot about their personal experiences through the program.” – Sally

Self-Education Program

The Secure Nest Self-Education Program consists of personalised online modules. A series of emails guides a client through 16 modules over 3 weeks. Activities in the program are shared with their therapist, so they can learn about a client’s experiences.

A range of exercises including imagery exercises and mindfulness recordings will help clients to understand themselves, their feelings, schemas and core emotional needs. An initial assessment at the beginning of the program provides an overview of a client’s schemas, related core emotional needs and coping styles. The assessment results are displayed in an accessible overview in My Modes.

“This feature is a personal favourite. I like that clients can share about their life freely between sessions. I can respond and support them to make changes in their life.” – Sally


My Journal provides a space for clients to keep an online journal, with the option of uploading audio files, text documents or images. My Journal offers an additional forum for the expression of feelings and needs. This feature can also further increase understanding of experiences and reflection.

“I like that Notes provides a way to communicate with clients in a safe, secure and structured way. This dedicated communication area helps to balance my needs and my clients’ needs.” – Sally


Notes provides a secure area for short messages between therapist and client, including character and message limits. It improves on email / SMS, by integrating communication with therapy resources. Clients can feel connected to and supported by their therapist just by logging in.

“The shared group space provides an inclusive and safe environment for all group members. In addition, the protocol offers you the opportunity to provide blended short-term group schema therapy.” – Sally

Group Nest

Secure Nest provides therapists with a range of tools for group schema therapy, enabling you to provide a blended format of schema therapy. The result? A livelier group and the ability to offer new experiences for clients.

“For clients who like to express themselves through art, I have found that Artful Sparks provides a creative space and direct access to the Vulnerable Child mode.” – Sally

Artful Sparks

Read about our latest addition to Secure nest in this post about our digital canvas: Introducing ‘Artful Sparks’