Dr Matthew Blake
Director / Clinical Psychologist
About Dr Matthew Blake
Matt is an experienced and compassionate practitioner with a warm and approachable manner. He has been serving clients in the Yarra Valley and surrounds for approximately ten years. He established Eucalyptus Psychology with a deep commitment to providing evidence-based psychological services that are accessible to the local community. Matt’s genuine passion is to collaborate with clients during their most vulnerable moments, aiming to foster understanding, resilience, and ultimately, a sense of flourishing.
Matt recognises that seeking help can be challenging, and he believes that the path to meaningful change begins with an authentic connection. He strives to create a safe, non-judgmental environment where clients can truly be themselves. He values the therapeutic relationship as the foundation upon which effective healing can occur.
Matt is dedicated to tailoring interventions to suit each client’s individual needs. His eclectic approach draws from a variety of evidence-based interventions, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, positive psychology, and existential psychotherapy. These therapies help us gain a deeper understanding of our core beliefs, thoughts, emotions, behaviours, values, and life goals. Matt believes that by integrating elements from these diverse approaches, he can create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan tailored to address the unique challenges and goals of each person he works with, ultimately fostering personal growth, self-discovery, and improved mental health.
Matt sees adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds. He is experienced in working with wide range of concerns and life challenges, such as stress, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, obsessions and compulsions, trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, life transitions, shame, low self-worth, existential inquiries, and personality challenges.
Outside of his professional role, Matt finds joy in spending quality time with his beloved wife, Laura, and their cherished Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rupert. He loves travel, reading, cinema, gardening, and trail running.
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Registrations and professional memberships: Matt is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and Medicare. He is a member of the board of directors of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and is a fellow of the Australian Psychology Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists.
Education: Matt completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology, followed by a Master of Psychology (Clinical), and a PhD in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Melbourne. His academic journey then extended to the United States, where he undertook an Australia Award-Endeavour Research Fellowship at the University of Oregon.
Research and advocacy: In addition to his clinical practice, Matt actively contributes to psychology research and advocacy. His research endeavours are dedicated to identifying causative factors and innovative treatments for mental health disorders. He has published articles in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals, presented his research findings at local, national, and international conferences, and received numerous awards, scholarships, and fellowships. Matt’s notable achievements include the development and evaluation of the SENSE program, a multi-component intervention designed for at-risk young people, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Melbourne, University of Berkeley, Swinburne University, and the University of Arizona.
Furthermore, Matt is actively involved in several professional organisations, such as the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and Australian Psychological Society. In these roles, he places particular emphasis on promoting ethical practice in psychology and advocating for policies and regulations that not only address immediate needs but also lay the foundation for a robust and resilient mental healthcare system for generations to come. He is also committed to addressing the disparity in access to high-quality psychological services in outer metropolitan, regional, and rural areas. Matt strongly believes that no Australian should be left without adequate mental health support due to their geographical location.
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