Dr Matthew McKenzie is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Griffith University, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Bachelors in Psychology and Criminology from The University of the West Indies.
Matthew has over 10 years of clinical experience working across diverse settings including: community group home facilities for the mentally ill, university health centres, private practice, non-governmental organisations dedicated to HIV prevention and management, clinical research trials exploring innovations in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Phobias and dual diagnosis support programs for individuals challenged by addiction. Across these contexts, Matthew has garnered a great deal of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He has worked with a variety of clinical presentations across the lifespan; however, his areas of clinical focus are: Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Trauma, Stressor and Attachment-Related Disorders. Matthew has received training in several therapeutic treatment modalities, however in practice he most commonly draws on theory and techniques from emotion-focused cognitive-behavioural therapy and compassion-focused therapy. Matthew’s work with each client is person-centred, meaning that his approach with clients is, in most instances, non-directive and empathic with the aim to empower and motivate each client in the therapeutic process to make the changes that would enhance their overall wellbeing. He believes strongly that each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, and he considers it a privilege to facilitate his clients’ movement towards that.
Matthew has provided academic instruction to undergraduate and graduate psychology students across 4 universities in Jamaica and Australia. He has also provided clinical supervision to masters students completing training in clinical and forensic psychology. Matthew’s current core area of research interest explores the relationship between emotion regulation and various forms of psychopathology in children and adolescents, and more generally research relating to the course and treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD in youth. Matthew has produced research publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and books. He has also presented his research at national and international research conferences.