Dr Matthew Blake
About Dr Matthew Blake
Matt is an award-winning Clinical Psychologist and a board approved supervisor who is passionate about providing evidence-based and affordable psychological services to the local community in the Dandenong Ranges.
Matt enjoys working with adolescents and adults from a range of backgrounds. He personalises interventions to the individual and believes in collaboration and building intention to change.
Matt primarily takes a cognitive-behavioural approach. The main premise of cognitive-behaviour therapy is that mental health problems can develop because of learnt ways of thinking and behaving and that learning new ways of thinking and behaving can have a positive impact on emotions and well being.
Matt draws on a range of other techniques, including schema therapy, family systems therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion focussed therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, communication skills training, and existential therapy.
He focuses particularly on developing a positive therapeutic relationship with clients (and where relevant their families), as research suggests that this is one of the most important aspects of therapy.
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Matt completed a Bachelor of Arts (with First Class Honours in Psychology), Master of Psychology (Clinical), and PhD (Clinical and Developmental Psychology) at the University of Melbourne, followed by an Australia Award-Endeavour Research Fellowship at the University of Oregon in the United States.
Matt is registered to practice as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and Medicare. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and Australian Clinical Psychology Association. He is a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and currently serves as the Treasurer of the APS Outer Eastern Melbourne Branch.
Matt has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a range of contexts, including private practice, large public hospitals, inpatient mental health units, outpatient mental health units, outreach/home settings, residential care units, community settings, and schools.
Matt has published research articles in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals, including Clinical Psychology Review, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Sleep, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, and Current Opinion in Psychology. His research focusses on identifying causes/treatments for mental health problems. With colleagues at the University of Melbourne, University of Berkely, California, Swinburne University, and University of Arizona, he developed, trialled and evaluated the Sleep SENSE program: a novel multi-component sleep intervention for at-risk young people.
Matt has presented his research at various local, national, and international conferences, and has received numerous prizes, awards, scholarships, and fellowships for his academic and clinical work, including the Behaviour Research and Therapy (a leading international psychology research journal) Early Career Investigator Award for 2017 and an Australian Psychological Society Prize.
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