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Schema Therapy Systems

Schema Therapy Systems provides International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) certified training at Standard and Advanced level throughout the UK. Bespoke workshops,tailored to your and your organisations needs can be provided upon request.


Schema Therapy Systems also provides Schema Therapy supervision and  personal therapy, specialising in addressing long standing psychological difficulties which are difficult to treat with first lines psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

           Schema Therapy Systems has been developed by Richard Mathews and Dr Michelle Fong .


Shaw. He is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer and is a full member of the ISST. ​Richard has

provided supervision for specialist long term clinical placements in Schema Therapy for Trainee Clinical Psychologists and has a private supervision practice. Richard practices as a Senior Psychotherapist in the NHS working in an Adult Mental Health Clinical Psychology services. He is trained in CBT, EMDR, DBT as well as in Schema Therapy. Richard specialises in working with complex presentations which are 'treatment resistant' including those with diagnoses such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma.

                                         Michelle qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2007 from Salomons. She has been working in the NHS                                                           for over 10 years in adult secondary care services with complex presentations including Assertive                                                               Outreach, Homeless Outreach and currently in Westminster Adult Community Mental Health Team.                                                             Michelle has predominantly worked with individuals who have histories of trauma and attachment                                                            disturbances presenting with personality related difficulties/disorder.  Her interest in Schema                                                                        Therapy came as a result of this approach offering a structured and containing intervention for                                                                  therapists and clients which integrated CBT and relational models of psychological functioning and                                                         disturbance from a developmental perspective. Michelle started training in Individual Schema                                                                     Therapy in 2013. She regularly teaches clinical psychology doctorate trainees at University College                   London.  Prior to training Michelle worked as Social Worker in Child Protection after obtaining her Masters degree at Oxford University in 2002.  Michelle is a full member of the ISST and is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and Certified Supervisor-Trainer .

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Richard is a BACP Registered Psychotherapist (Senior Accredited)​ and ISST Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Richard has worked within Secondary Care Adult Mental Health services providing psychotherapy for over thirty years, including service development and research. ​He  has extensive experience as a trainer including training on behalf of the European Commission, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Bangor University and in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Schema Therapy as  part of the North Wales Programme in Clinical Psychology. Richard trained in individual Schema Therapy  with Dr Arnie Reed and Dr Chris Hayes and subsequently completed the Group Schema therapy training under Professor Joan Farrell and Ida

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