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Schema therapy is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that was developed in the United States by Jeffrey Young in the 1980’s and has a strong presence there and throughout the world. Although internationally recognized, it is still relatively new to Canada. Schema Therapy is recognized as a highly researched form of therapy, which has clinically demonstrated its effectiveness in research studies.

We grow up accustomed to certain roles and certain ways of being perceived. If we grow up in a family in which we are abused, neglected, yelled at, constantly criticized, or dominated, then that is the environment that feels most comfortable to us. Unhealthy as it may be, most people seek and create environments that feel familiar and similar to the ones where they grew up.

― Jeffrey E. Young, Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior. and

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…good psychotherapy is more like improvisational jazz…In jazz improvisations, a complex mixture of group collaboration, creativity, and interaction are co-constructed among band members. Like psychotherapy, no two jazz improvisations are identical. However, improvisations are not a random collection of notes. They are grounded in a comprehensive theoretical understanding and technical proficiency that is only developed through continuous practice.

— Wendy Behary, Joan Farrell et al.


ST is growing rapidly internationally.  Be on the cutting edge of new research and practice methods in Canada through Schema Training Canada

Differentiate your practice from others in Canada: Stand out by offering your clients a unique, creative and evidence based  Schema Therapy approach

Ability for therapist to integrate many established, evidence-based interventions from different modalities under ST approach

Strengthened relationships with clients, and expertise in working with complex trauma and personality disorder

Able to use the title of Schema Therapist in marketing and as a credential

Access to an  extensive range of Schema Therapy research

Qualify to offer Schema Therapy Training to other therapists

Be part of a dynamic, connected, international network of SchemaTherapists

Highly effective, accessible form of therapy


Dre. Danielle Sauvé

Schema Therapy immediately spoke to me when, in 2000, I participated in a workshop given by Dr. Pierre Cousineau and, in 2001, I attended a 2-day conference given by Dr. Jeffrey Young. I was attracted to the unified theoretical approach to psychotherapy, and the model’s elegant integration of existing concepts and techniques in the literature. Schema Therapy is central to my clinical practice because it allows me to readily conceptualize my patients’ psychological makeup and it provides patients with a clarifying and accessible way to understand themselves and the processes that underly recurring problems in their lives.

— Dre. Danielle Sauvé

About Us


STTC program was established by Frances Miller MSW, RSW (Program Training Director) to promote Schema Therapy training in Canada. Historically, ST has been slow to develop a presence in Canada, however in recent years, there has been demonstrably more awareness and interest in this therapeutic modality. It seems timely to begin to develop a Canadian center, to provide opportunities for training and education, and to develop Canada’s own Schema Therapists, Supervisors and Trainers.

STTC is located in central Canada, in Oakville, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. This cosmopolitan city offers a multicultural milieu, with access to some of the world’s best shopping, dining and entertainment, hotels, and business facilities.


Frances Miller MSW RSW


Frances Miller MSW, RSW draws upon over 30 years of experience as a therapist in Family, Marital and Individual Counselling, with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and memberships in the OASW (Ontario Association of Social Workers), OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers), and the ISST (International Society for Schema Therapy). Frances's integrative approach to therapy is influenced by a specialty in Schema Therapy, as well as training and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Insight Oriented/Psychodynamic, Systems and Attachment perspectives. Frances is an ISST Certified Advanced Schema Therapist, and Supervisor/Trainer.

Early in her career, Frances worked in community children's mental health in Toronto and Scarborough, focusing on healthy parenting of teens and children, and trauma treatment. She participated in a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment with SASAT (Scarborough Agencies Sexual Abuse Team) and HSAP (Halton Sexual Abuse Program), with a particular interest in adult female survivors of childhood abuse. Through these opportunities, Frances developed strong skills in working with individuals and family systems facing life crises individually and in their relationships. Presently located in Oakville, Frances's private practice is designed to meet client's needs across the lifespan, with a focus on treatment for anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma. She is currently the Director of the Oakville Schema Therapy Center, offering schema based interventions to individuals, couples and groups, as well as consultation to other professionals in the community. She is the founder and Training Director for Schema Therapy Training 

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