Rachel Samson

M.Psych (Clinical)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D Candidate

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

Rachel is a Clinical Psychologist with 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 twice awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize which recognises excellence in psychology and is awarded to individuals who gain first place at the end of their psychology degree/s. Rachel is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and is a registered Medicare provider.

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, attachment-related issues, personality disorders and relationship and parenting difficulties.

Rachel utilises evidence-based treatments, including Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, attachment-focused therapies, 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 has particular experience providing assessment and intervention for families. She is trained in attachment-focused interventions and held a senior psychologist position with the Government of South Australia, Specialist Child and Youth Service where she provided home-based intensive family intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, significant behavioural and emotional issues, and complex needs. Rachel is a registered Circle of Security Parent Facilitator. She has completed intensive training in the assessment of parent-child attachment in the John Bowlby-Mary Ainsworth tradition with Alan Sroufe and Elizabeth Carlson at the University of Minnesota.

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 a special interest in working with people of all ages who identify as highly sensitive. This includes children and adults experiencing issues associated with sensory processing sensitivity, high emotional reactivity, and introversion; or who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

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. Rachel has delivered invited seminars and workshops, published research, and presented at national and international conferences, including previous ISST conferences in Istanbul and Vienna. Rachel presented a workshop on an expanded Schema Therapy model for highly sensitive and emotionally reactive individuals with Dr. Jeffrey Young (the developer and founder of Schema Therapy) and Dr. George Lockwood at the ISST international conference in Amsterdam in 2018. She offers training and supervision in schema therapy through the Centre for Schema Therapy Australia.

Rachel has been a practitioner of Mindfulness and Zen Buddhism for over a decade and has spent time at Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre in France practicing and training in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.