Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 - Secure Nest

Adelaide, Australia (May 2, 2019) - Seven months after launching the world’s first online tool providing a shared workspace for schema therapy, Secure Nest has been accepted into the unboxd Accelerator Program. unboxd is a Sydney-based wellbeing enterprise lab for social-impact startups, powered by New Horizons.

After successfully piloting a minimum viable product (MVP) Adelaide-based clinical psychologist Sally Skewes and IT specialist Joseph Skewes launched Secure Nest in late 2018. Since then they have increased monthly revenue four-fold and expanded their team to help build traction, with schema therapists and their clients, in Australia and the Netherlands.

This groundbreaking online platform aims to empower individuals to change negative life patterns or themes in thinking, and the related emotions and behaviours. A negative life pattern could include experiencing anxiety in particular situations as a result of past events.

Schema therapy was developed to help individuals with personality disorders and those who have experienced limited success with other treatments. It is often the most vulnerable people who struggle to access effective treatments. Secure Nest assists them to find relief by identifying emotional triggers and resulting behavioural patterns.

The 10 week unboxd program is tailored to the needs of each startup. Three startups, including Secure Nest, were accepted into this cohort after the inaugural program in 2018. The other startups in this cohort include SWAARM, a platform connecting veterans to volunteering or job opportunities and ClaimRight, a service to support people with disabilities (or otherwise disadvantaged) through the often stressful insurance claim process.

New Horizons CEO Judi Higgin said as long as there are problems to be solved, New Horizons would look for innovative ways to solve them.

“New Horizons kick-started the social enterprise movement back in the ‘60s in a world-first partnership with BP that provided employment for people with psycho-social disability.  Our founders paved the way for today’s social services. Fifty years on, unboxd is paving the way for a new generation of social entrepreneurs to shape the services of tomorrow.”

Secure Nest Co-Founder Sally Skewes says the accelerator will provide an opportunity to fine tune the Secure Nest self-education program in a pilot program.

“We were really excited when we heard that Secure Nest had been accepted into unboxd as the social focus aligns closely with our vision. Our mission is to increase the accessibility of schema therapy to enrich the wellbeing of individuals,” she says.

“During unboxd we aim to trial and measure outcomes from the various ways people could work with our self-education program, including unassisted or having limited assistance with written responses from a coach during the course of the three-week program.”

The self-education program is accessible to anyone wanting to learn about schema therapy and how it can help them. According to Mrs Skewes, “It’s through experiences, like this self-education program offers, that people can make changes in their lives and relationships.”

Lab Director of unboxd Anne-Marie Elias was thrilled by the selected startups.

"We’ve selected an incredibly diverse set of ideas to pursue. What makes unboxd such an exciting project is the number of startups applying from the lived or shared experience wanting to solve problems in mental health, disability and aged care is encouraging."

At the end of the unboxd program, participants have an opportunity to pitch New Horizons for an investment in their startup. The Secure Nest team aims to raise seed funding in this process or following the program to accelerate the growth of their platform, enabling them to improve the wellbeing of a greater number of people.

 

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About Secure Nest

Secure Nest’s mission is to increase the accessibility of schema therapy to enrich the wellbeing of individuals. Secure Nest provides a range of online tools to empower individuals to change negative life patterns and get their core emotional needs met in everyday life.

Secure Nest assists therapists and clients to enhance connection and engagement between sessions, along with promoting self-expression and autonomy. The tool provides a collaborative workspace for therapy and a comprehensive self-education program for individuals.

Schemas are self-defeating, core themes or patterns that we keep repeating throughout our lives. Schema therapy was developed by Jeffrey Young with the goal of helping individuals with personality disorders and otherwise treatment-resistant clients find relief.

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Secure Nest’s mission is to increase the accessibility of schema therapy to enrich the wellbeing of individuals. Secure Nest provides a range of online tools to empower individuals to change negative life patterns and get their core emotional needs met in everyday life.


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