Matthew is a clinical psychologist and the director of Talkingpoint, a clinical psychology practice located in New Plymouth New Zealand.
Matthew completed his Masters Degree in Psychology at Massey University studying pain and the impact that people’s perception of control had on their experience. He later completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology through Massey University in Wellington. He started working as a Psychologist at Taranaki District Health Board in 1999. He primarily worked with clients experiencing depression, focusing on the benefits of early intervention but also worked in general outpatients with elderly and adults experiencing a wide range of psychological problems. After a short locum in Australia in 2004 working in first episode psychosis at the Alfred Hospital, he returned to continue working at Taranaki District Health Board. He developed the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry service working in the ICU maternity, orthopaedics and emergency departments.
Matthew was involved in the establishment of the multidisciplinary pain service at Taranaki District Health Board. In 2006 Matthew left New Zealand to work in the United Kingdom. He worked at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in an inpatient transitional living ward specialising in acquired brain injury. He then worked at the West Ealing (London) Specialist Rehabilitation Service with forensic clients and treatment resistant schizophrenia.
Matthew returned to New Zealand in November 2007 and now is solely in private practice. He has since started a private pain clinic involving Dr Mike Butler (Auckland) and several physiotherapists in new Plymouth. He is the secretary for continuing education for a large group of psychologists and counsellors in Taranaki and has developed Myhealth, a stress monitoring program for businesses.
Since 2009 Matthew has been involved in the assessment of mental injury arising from both physical accidents and sexual abuse. He is an avid follower of research in these areas and is conducting his own research into how best to assess mental injury in a reliable, valid and consistent manner. He has attended training specific to sexual abuse assessment and treatment and has presented on this topic.
Matthew is a member of the New Zealand Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Institute of Clinical Psychologists, New Zealand Psychological Society and is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. He has varied clinical interests including neuropsychological rehabilitation, stress related health problems, chronic pain and of course helping individuals achieve their best!
Outside of work Matthew enjoys golf, running, gardening and the odd bit of DIY.