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Dr Gemma Gladstone and Dr Justine Corry are clinical psychologists and schema therapists each with over 20 years of experience in the mental health and private practice.  Both Justine and Gemma have worked in mental health research and have published several research papers in the field of mood disorders.  

Gemma and Justine established the Good Mood Clinic in 2008, where they offer schema therapy to individuals and couples. With their shared values and clinical experience, they had a joint mission to build a practice which focused on understanding and changing psychological vulnerabilities, rather than merely providing short-term symptom relief. 

Although still offering therapy, they have recently turned their attention to designing on-line courses so they can offer help to a larger number of people.

The Good Mood Clinic is located in Bondi Junction, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Our products are offered globally.

Schema Therapy is an integrative psychotherapy.  It is a compassionate, practical and contemporary approach to improving mental health that was developed by Dr Jeffery Young in the late 1980’s. 

Schema Therapy is our preferred mode of treatment and each year we see hugely positive results for our clients.

A schema (or early maladaptive schema) is like a trait or aspect of our personality that develops in childhood through our interactions with caregivers and other early life experiences. An essential building block of human psychology, schemas are typically formed by negative events and interactions such as early traumas, neglect or emotional abuse. 

Schemas tend to develop over time when our core emotional childhood needs are not met in some way. Schemas develop in childhood, but their effects are often seen most acutely in adulthood. When triggered by certain situations, or people, they can lead us to respond in non-helpful ways. These are referred to as ‘coping styles’ and can be grouped into three broad categories:

(1) Surrender
(2) Avoidance; and
(3) Over-compensation.

While every schema has identifiable coping styles, none are helpful in the long term because they only serve to fuel the schema and keep it alive.

Everyone has schemas. But we all differ in the ways we respond to them. Sometimes schemas can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Today there are 18 identified maladaptive schemas and a key part of how we’ll help is to explore which of these might be relevant to you. Like many things relating to good health, identifying the root cause can be a major step towards finding an effective solution. Accordingly, your therapist will work closely with you to help identify your default coping behaviours and reveal the underlying factors that fuel them.

One of the very best ways to improve your mental health is altering how you respond to schemas.  That is, modifying your coping styles or responses.  

Schema therapy is an integrative therapy. This means we’ll help you use a combination of different methods to create some really positive mental changes. These can include things like:

(1) Cognitive interventions – like cognitive therapy
(2) Behavioural pattern breaking – this includes resisting the urge to respond in the same old ways and trying new ways of responding
(3) Experiential interventions – such as guided imagery techniques & chair-work
(4) ‘Here & now’ relational methods – these focus on the therapeutic relationship itself.

Schema therapy is not passive. It’s very practical and uses emotion-focused interventions to help you create real and lasting change.

As well as identifying schemas, we’ll explore your operational personas. These are also known as ‘modes’.  Some people flip in and out of different modes. Others live in the same default mode most of the time. There are broadly four types of modes: (1) child modes, (2) dysfunctional parent or critic modes, (3) maladaptive coping modes and (4) the healthy adult mode. The non-helpful ‘coping’ modes,  fall into three categories: (1) avoidant modes, (2) over-compensatory modes, and (3) a general surrendering mode, the ‘compliant surrender’.

Just like schemas, if non-helpful modes are strong and go unchecked for a long time they can play a role in the cause of emotional and psychological health problems like depression.  Schema therapy aims to strengthen and promote the ‘healthy adult’ mode over time.

Understanding your modes can help you better understand why you behave the way you do in different situations.

Compassion counts

There are more than 7.5 billion people on this planet – and no two are the same. Whatever the background or personal circumstances of our clients, we offer a highly personal environment that’s rich in compassion, empathy and understanding.

Hope at heart

Optimism and encouragement are at the centre of everything we do. No situation is ever too hard. No challenge ever too complex. Powered by positivity, we embrace a solution-focused approach that empowers our clients with the hope, framework and tools to make real and sustaining changes in their lives.

Support, not judgement

We’re here to help, not judge. We actively avoid labels, stigmas and stereotypes. Whoever they are and whatever the underlying reasons for the challenges our clients may be facing, we treat everyone who walks through our door with equal care, providing the support, professionalism and humanity they deserve.

Open-minded mindset

Mental health care isn’t black and white. While we believe passionately in the ability of Schema therapy to help our clients, we also know there’s always more to learn. With so many answers still yet to be found, we stay curious and keep an open mind to all possibilities and treatment options.

Respect always

Successful outcomes are built upon trust and respect. Every day, we work tirelessly to earn the confidence of our clients and their families, and also of each other. We do this by listening closely. Speaking openly and honestly. Keeping our word. And respecting the rights and views of others. Always.

 

Our products are built around our core values.

The Red Flag Project

This particular course has been designed specifically for woman who are looking for a relationship with a male partner. It might also be useful for woman assessing an existing relationship with a partner.  

The impetus for his course has come from a need we have observed in a number of our female clients over the years.  It is a niche course with a specific purpose.  

Is it for you? Well, do you have a history of getting involved with men who are ‘emotionally unavailable’, narcissistic or toxic?  Have you found these relationships difficult to leave or have you noticed a repeating pattern of dating these types of men?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then we have designed this course for you!  Do you know that there are a variety of ‘red flags’ which can show up early in the initial stages of dating or early in a relationship which you really need to know about?

These early red flags can often predict the development of future relationship heartache or more serious problems down the track.  In, The Red Flag Project: how to screen out ‘assholes’ & date with self-respect, we will take you through exactly what these red flags are, how to spot them, what to notice in yourself and the dos and don’ts of successful dating.  You’ll get loads of important and practical information to help you navigate your way through the dating maze so you can make smarter choices about who you let into your life.

The four lessons include:

(1) “What you need to know about dating: relationship patterns and schemas”
(2) “External Red Flags”
(3) “Internal Red Flags”
(4) “Your Dating Plan”

We are so excited to be able to bring this course to you and we hope it helps you sort through the highs and lows of dating and brings you closer to meeting Mr ‘emotionally available’ and the secure relationship that you deserve.

The Red Flag Project includes four different lessons and should take you about 4 – 5 hours of total viewing.

You will get 4 lessons which includes information, theory, handouts, checklists designed to make sure you get the most out of the course.

Contact us

You can get in touch with us by email, phone or text… or, simply hit the ‘Contact Us’ button below. 

Please keep in mind that our office is open from 9AM-5PM ACST & PST Monday – Friday with the exception of public holidays.

We aim to respond within 2 business days maximum.

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You can find our Terms & Conditions at https://www.goodmood.com.au/terms/

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The course is available for you for a period of 12 months.

General

Please keep in mind that our office is open from 9AM-5PM ACST & PST Monday – Friday with the exception of public holidays.

We aim to respond within 2 business days maximum.

To discuss one on one consultations with either Dr Gemma Gladstone or Dr Justine Corry, please email us with your information and requirements.