Dr Matthew Blake
Bachelor of Arts (Psych) (Hons)
Master of Psychology (Clinical) / PhD
Matthew has experience in public mental health, youth mental health, counseling, and health psychology. He has completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne with a focus on sleep, anxiety, and depression in adolescence.
He takes a holistic, flexible, and pragmatic approach to therapy, focusing on biological, psychological, and social factors known to affect mental health, and personalising interventions to the individual. He believes in collaboration, identifying strengths, and building intention to change.
He primarily works from a cognitive-behavioural framework. 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.
Matthew has lived in the Dandenong Ranges for many years and is passionate about providing evidence-based and affordable psychological services to the local community.