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Suite 2, level 1

101-103 Queen Street

Woollahra NSW 2025


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Psychotherapy background

Jo Schaeffer

The theoretical foundation underpinning my clinical practice comes from four years training in Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) two years training in Somatic Psychotherapy and over twenty years experience working with individuals, couples and groups.

Relational TA incorporates theories of the development of self, attachment and character structures which can be applied to a broad spectrum of clients and symptoms.

Somatics is a body-oriented psychotherapy where our experience of our bodily senses informs and guides our work.

My style of psychotherapy works with the intra-psychic structure of the individual and relationship dynamics to build the clients relationship with self and others. Each therapy is unique and personally tailored to the clients specific needs.

Treatment goals include symptomatic relief and structural change.

Educational Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney

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

  • Advanced Clinical training towards Masters in Relational Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from the Australian Centre for Integrative Studies, Sydney

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