Rachel Samson

M.Psych (Clinical)

Clinical Psychologist

Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and Trainer/Supervisor (Individual & Child-Adolescent)

Rachel is a Clinical Psychologist with an Advanced International Certification in Schema Therapy. She was awarded First Class Honours in psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology by the University of South Australia. Rachel was awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize in 2011 and 2013, which recognises excellence in psychology and is awarded to students who gain first place at the end of their psychology degree. Rachel is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and is a registered Medicare provider.

Rachel is currently completing her PhD at the University of Adelaide where she is researching relationships between highly sensitive children (temperament), parenting, and attachment security.

Rachel has worked across government, community, and private settings and has experience working with varied and complex presentations including anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, childhood abuse and complex trauma, personality disorders and relationship and parenting difficulties. She also has experience providing intensive family intervention for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and autism spectrum disorders. Rachel is a registered Circle of Security Parent Facilitator.

Rachel utilises Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment-focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness to help people break free from the negative life patterns that underlie longstanding psychological difficulties and challenging relationships.

Rachel is a member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) and has undertaken training and supervision in Schema Therapy with supervisors in Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States. She has published research on group Schema Therapy and has contributed to international research projects investigating the efficacy of Schema Therapy in various populations. She has presented her research at the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy conference and recent ISST conferences in Istanbul and Vienna where she presented in a symposium on brief group schema therapy moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Young, founder of Schema Therapy. She offers training and supervision in schema therapy through the Centre for Schema Therapy Australia.

Rachel enjoys taking photos on her travels throughout the world while she immerses herself in different cultures and learns about different ways of life. She translates this experience into her clinical practice through a richness in her understanding of cultural and individual differences.