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. The psychodynamic approach considers a broad spectrum of clients and symptoms.


Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach tracking bodily sensations and the autonomic nervous system to release build up of charge in the nervous system and build resources and capacity. This is especially helpful for resolving trauma, psychosomatic symptoms and physiological syndromes. 


With over twenty 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  BA CTA

Educational Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney

  • Certified Transactional Analyst (psychotherapy) Australian Centre for Integrative Studies, Sydney

  • Psychodynamic Couple Training from Tavistock Relationships

  • Somatic Experiencing Beginner I/II from Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI)

Career History

I began my private practice in psychotherapy in the late 1990s. With experience working in a psychiatric setting and in the not-for-profit  sector I now work solely in private practice. 

As part of my professional integrity and maintenance, I am in ongoing clinical supervision and professional 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)