Matthew McKenzie is a registered Psychologist working in private practice at Drop of Life Psychology Clinic. Matthew is also currently a final year PhD Clinical Psychology candidate at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.
Matthew completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology (with distinction) in 2010 at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He has worked in several clinical contexts 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 including, but not limited to, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Behavioural Disorders, Depression, Trauma and Substance-Related Disorders. Matthew's work with clients is strongly influenced by evidence-based approaches to intervention and a highly collaborative process with each client, ensuring that they feel empowered to make choices that will improve the quality of their lives. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy are his most commonly used frameworks for intervention.
Matthew has provided academic instruction in psychology at The University of the West Indies, The University of Technology, The International University of the Caribbean and Griffith University. He has also provided clinical supervision to psychologists in training and has facilitated workshops with a variety of clinical focal points.
His current core area of research interest explores the relationship between emotion regulation and various forms of psychopathology in children and adolescents. His doctoral work focuses on the role of emotion regulation in the treatment of paediatric OCD.