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Psychotherapy background

The theoretical foundation underpinning my clinical practice is Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) which incorporates theories of the development of self, attachment and character structures. This psychodynamic approach considers a broad spectrum of clients and symptoms.


Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach specifically designed to work with trauma by tracking bodily sensations and activation cycles and working with the charge in the autonomic nervous system caused by trauma. This is especially helpful for resolving trauma, psychosomatic symptoms and physiological syndromes. 


With nearly thirty years experience working with individuals, couples and groups,

my style of psychotherapy works with the nervous system, the intra-psychic structure of the individual and relationship dynamics to build the clients relationship with self and others. Treatment goals include symptomatic relief and structural change. Each therapy is unique and personally tailored to the clients specific needs.

Jo Schaeffer

Certified Transactional Analyst

Educational Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sydney University

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling  

       Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney

  • Certified Transactional Analyst - Psychotherapy

       Australian Centre for Integrative Studies, Sydney

  • Psychodynamic Couple Training, Tavistock Relationships

  • Somatic Experiencing Advanced I/II,  Somatic Experiencing Institute (SEI)

Career History

I began my private practice in psychotherapy in the late 1990s. During my early training years I also gained a broad experience of the health system, working in a psychiatric setting and in the not-for-profit  sector. For the past fifteen years I have worked solely in private practice. 

As part of my professional integrity and maintenance, I am in ongoing clinical supervision and professional training and development.

My work is governed by codes of practice and ethical guidelines set out by the professional organisations to which I belong. These codes can be found on the websites of the respective organisations listed below.

Professional Associations

       Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

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