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Meet Dr Matt Worthington

DPsych (Clinical), MSc (Psych) (with Commendation), BA(Hons) Bus. Executive Coaching Programme (Distance) Cambridge University
Level 1, 2 and 3 of Gottman Couples Training.
9 Months Training (online) with Boston Trauma Centre Massachusetts

Dr Matt has a flexible, down to earth, warm, easy going, value-based and compassionate approach to best accommodate his clients. He often says “being a psychologist is just about being human”. He strongly believes that the therapist’s personality, ability to build rapport and relate to a client’s world-view are of utmost importance in therapy. He is effective at quickly getting to the root of his clients’ worries and drawing on a range of evidence-based interventions to assist his clients to cope with their issues. Dr Matt can help you with Court Report WritingLife Coaching and Motivation Issues, Relationship and Marriage Issues, Academic and Self-worth Issues, as well as Workplace and Bullying problems.

  • DPsych (Clinical), MSc (Psych) (with Commendation), BA (Hons) (Bus).
  • Executive Coaching Programme (Distance) Cambridge University.
  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 of Gottman Couples Training.
  • 9 Months Training with Boston Trauma Centre Massachusetts, USA
  • Also trained in NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming, 9 mths),
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) and Hypnotherapy with Holmes Hypnotherapy clinic in Beverly Hills
  • Advanced Neurofeedback training with the Biocybernaut Institute, Arizona, USA
  • Currently training to be trauma  yoga teacher
  • Currently training to be a Trauma Releasing Exercises Instructor
  • Writing a book on self worth, 6 years of research
  • Strong human rights advocate. Founder of the NEW World MENTAL Health Organisation

“Does your partner not understand your needs?”

“Are you arguing over the smallest things?”

“Do you feel resentful towards your partner?

Are you walking around on eggshells?”

“Do you lack direction in your life?”

“Do you feel worthless?”


Areas of Specialisation

Clinical and Court Reports

Self worth

Pre-sentencing, Immigration and Human Rights Reports

Couples Counselling

Recovering from toxic relationships

Motivation

Strategies for dealing with narcissists & sociopaths

Life direction & coaching

Business/entrepreneur coaching & workplace issues

Trauma, Anxiety, Depression & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or “PTSD”

Complex PTSD

Great interest in Applied Neuroscience and Applied Evolutionary Psychology.


Latest News

Matt prefers to do online appointments, and sees this as the way of the future.

This is also prompted by the current Corona virus situation and measures currently in effect worldwide. 

Matt is a strong human rights advocate. He along with other clinicians recently pressured MP’s to provide universal tele-health services under the Medicare rebate system. You can read the recent article in the Courier Mail – Read More

Matt has also called for a “trauma taskforce” and better representation in government for mental health – Read More

Recently Matt went to the very same organisation that trained Tony Robbins and Dave Asprey plus members of the Hollywood elite, top business people, entrepreneurs, scientists, sports personalities, billionaires and military personnel. Amazingly the technician that facilitated Matt’s Neurofeedback also also did the same for Tony Robbins who underwent the same training programme as Matt.

If you’re interested, you can checkout Matt’s journey on YouTube.


Self-Worth

Learn Essential Skills To Deal With Low Self Worth With Dr Matt

Dr Matthew Worthington, Clinical Psychologist, understands that low self worth is at the root of relationship issues, low confidence, anxiety, addiction and depression. He teaches his clients essential skills to deal with low self worth.

Matt has been researching self worth for nearly for over 5 years. He has a deep understanding of the area. As such he can provide you with practical suggestions for boosting your self esteem.

He uses a unique combination of applied evolutionary psychology, microbiome / gut health knowledge and powerful motivational coaching to help his clients break free from the shackles of low self worth.


Couples / Relationships 

Matt has completed levels 1, 2 and 3 of Gottman Couples Training (Gottman Couples Counselling is based on over 40 years of scientific research on the behavior of couples). He believes most relationships can be recovered from irreconcilable differences with help, as long as both partners are motivated to reunite, and there is no pathological violence, narcissistic abuse or ongoing affairs. “Most issues arise because we don’t, or don’t know how, to clearly express our own needs. Therefore we do not understand our partners needs, and these misunderstandings can lead to resentment & shame which can manifest or appear as anger & avoidance.

One of Matt’s best skills is helping couples to interpret their partner’s language and emotions to understand the hidden meanings? One of Matt’s favorite expressions is “There is always a reason for a behavior but it is often not obvious.” Matt will provide you with a matrix tool and template he has developed for couples to explain your partner’s language and behavior and to help your partner understand your needs, this makes recovery so much easier. Matt has refined his resources over many sessions of couple’s counselling and will give them to you on the first session. He is often booked out 4 or 5 weeks in advance, however we do keep a long waiting list for when cancellations come up. “It’s always best to call regularly and ask about cancellations and reschedules and I will do my best to fit you in.” He gives you the resources that you need in the first session to use right away and because they are effective you may not need to return. If you do want to return its best to book several sessions at a time with Matt as he books out so quickly.

Matt really loves his job as a psychologist, he lives and breathes it. He has only just stopped working 7 days a week and often says he is so privileged. He particularly likes couples counselling and brain based therapies. Psychology is the observation of behavior and interpreting that behavior. He likes couples counselling so much because he can observe behavior and interpret it in real time. Matt says, “There is soooo much going on in front of me in a couple’s session and ultimately deep down we are all after the same thing – to feel safe (comfortable / content). Problems arise in relationships when we express our need to our partner and we are not understood.” Matt says its actually easier than what many people think to resolve relationship problems. Its all about understanding how to interpret each others needs.


Trauma

“Trauma focused interventions for PTSD and Complex PTSD” Being trained in trauma with Boston Trauma Centre I am a “bottom up” psychologist. This means I believe the quality of our inner experiences, our thoughts and feelings, are largely determined by the state of our inner physiological systems. Clients who tend to relate to my approach tend to want concrete evidence based strategies they can use at home. These strategies tend to be physiological techniques. Largely based around gut health and the physical self. Additionally, my waiting list means I see clients maybe once a month or every 6 weeks. This is another reason for providing these concrete strategies, so clients can have effective resources to help them feel good between sessions. Please be aware This approach is not for everyone some clients want to see a therapist once, twice even three times a week and that’s an approach which suits some. Unfortunately I am just not able to do this given my waiting tomes. I strongly recommend speaking to the psychologist before booking appointments to see if you gel. I offer free get to know us sessions on weekends. Trauma is a raised heartbeat when you are upset. As children we have a lot of these situations. This is very important as a lot of faulty memories such as “I spilt some juice and am being smacked by Mum so I am bad”, occur. If there are repeated patterns of this type of upset overtime this leads to a belief “I am bad” or similar “I am not loveable”. Importantly we all experience trauma in childhood. Trauma is not restricted to being physically or sexually abused or other severe violence. Trauma can result from repeated criticism, repeated house moves, repeated school moves, Mum being away, Dad being away. Trauma can even occur from parents having a straight face. Here’s a YouTube link to “the still face experiment“. Adjusting our view of what trauma is can help with recovery.


Court reports 

Matt is regularly requested to write reports for clients’ court cases. If you require this service please call (07) 3060 0429 and ask to speak to Matt regarding a court report – Read More


Matt’s Approach – Bottom UP (GUT to Brain)

As Matt is so busy and it can take a while to see him he says “it’s important to manage new clients’ expectations”. Matt’s approach is based on the latest research and reality of mental health today and his passion for trauma. Matt says, “So you know what to expect, it’s good to understand my approach. To sum up, I am a bottom up, solution focused and trauma focused.”

Matt says it’s very important to know that he does not have any silver bullets or magic spells to make the trauma go away. However he has some great resources and insights. He bases his approach on research from the top trauma experts in their fields. These experts say trauma is recorded in the body, and physiological therapies are also needed in order to facilitate healing. This is the foundation of his approach. Matt also helps his clients to understand their thoughts and behaviours around trauma response. However his approach is based on the body-mind connection. He tends to appeal to people who are open minded and curious about their thoughts and feelings.


Matt says he doesn’t appeal to types who like to be purely intellectual or “in their head”.

Matt’s approach is not for everyone and there are no silver bullet guarantees. Different personality types like different approaches. Understandably some clients want a weekly sessions and others don’t.

Matt says, “I see words used in conversation as metaphors, containers of meaning. I help clients to explore metaphors they use and interpret them to better understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This is important when trying to find life direction.”


Matt’s Story

“Being a good psychologist, its just about being human and having lots of life experiences” ~ Dr Matt Worthington 

Matt is one of our busiest psychologists. He is 51 years of age and hails from the home of the Beatles, Liverpool, North of England. Like all Liverpudlians, he is best known for his likable natural warm, cheeky sense of humor which is typical of his Liverpool/Irish origins. A word of warning sometimes there is far too much laughter coming from Matt’s office : ) He is a brilliant motivator and has a real “can do” attitude when overcoming challenges. Matt walks the walk as well as talks the talk. His resourcefulness stems from his interesting and varied life experiences


“I have failed many times and need to fail a lot more yet. Failure, its just an experience. Losing a business is devastating the thoughts about trying again are draining but somehow you pick yourself up and dust yourself down and move on to the next thing. The strongest swords are made in the hottest furnaces.” 

~ Dr Matt Worthington


In his very young years age 8 he was making toys and selling them to neighbours. At 9 he rode almost 40 km on his bike to his grandfathers when he got there he was told “you can have a cup of tea and then ride straight home”. At 18 he overcame a childhood trauma of almost drowning and became a scuba diver. At 19 he received a commendation for bravery for going to the aid of some young women who were being attacked by a group of men. He has also traveled widely and had some amazing adventures. At 21 he hitchhiked 16,000 km around America for the first 8,000 he had no money as he lost everything in his first week. Nevertheless he pushed on without money, every day he hitched and families would pick him up and take him home he even managed to get a free flight!

At 22 he had traveled the world and drove from Darwin down the center of Australia in an old Toyota and hitched from Adelaide to Sydney. One time he was homeless on Hawaii and lived on Waikiki Beach. He has also served as a police officer and in the navy, he has worked in sales and owned several businesses. When he was in his 20’s he had a $2 million mail order business that he started with just a few hundred dollars. During his thirties he rode a Harley Davidson across America. He also had a highly successful life coaching business. While travelling through London one rainy night he decided to take off to Asia he taught English as a foreign language. He wanted a university job in Asia but other more experienced teachers who had been there for years kept telling Matt he would need many years experience before he could get a university job – within 5 months of leaving London he was working at a top university in Thailand.


“People who say something can’t be done just leave plenty of opportunities for the one’s who say it can be done”

Matt has wanted to be a psychologist since his early years. “I have always been fascinated by human behavior”. At age 25 he was a successful life coach and hypnotherapist. He returned to university in his late 30’s. After graduating from his Masters in Psychology he was in a job interview and doubled his salary “by literally crossing a line” please get him to tell you this amazing story! Then one rainy evening in London he was on the tube and looked out at the dismal whether and thought “f*** it! I am going to Australia. He won a place on a doctorate, competing with over 400 others, 6 were accepted, 3 completed, including Matt.

On his first day at uni in Oz he had a job by the end of the day. During his studies he received an email, the company was offering online teaching work but had sent the email to Matt by mistake as he had inquired about studying with them years before. Matt convinced the company to give him a job and he did very well, “that online job helped to pay for my international tuition fees.”


“being a psychologist is just about being human”.

Matt has a flexible, down to earth, warm, easy going, value based and compassionate approach to best accommodate his clients.

He strongly believes that the therapist’s personality, ability to build rapport and relate to a client’s world-view are of utmost importance in therapy. He is effective at quickly getting to the root of his clients’ worries and drawing on a range of evidence based interventions to assist his clients to cope with their issues. Matt is particularly adept at helping individual clients and couples with finding a sense of meaningfulness. Matt likes to help clients to accept themselves for who they are. Self acceptance is so important. When we accept ourselves for who we are we like ourselves. We have confidence so we can stop “people pleasing” and not fear saying what we want to say to our partners and friends. Matt also uses the latest advanced technology (developed through Japanese governmental research) to help people deal with their fears and anxieties.


Future Goals

Two of Dr Matt’s life goals are to trek to the North Pole and climb Mount Everest.


Qualifications & Research

Matt is a fully registered clinical psychologist with AHPRA. He has also completed training as a supervisor for trainee clinical psychologists. He obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology after 5 gruelling years of study and clinical training at James Cook University. He has worked mostly in private practice as well as James Cook University and the medical center at Queensland University of Technology. He has experience with a wide range of issues and is particularly effective with treating couples, anxiety related matters and workplace bullying.

He achieved a Masters degree with a Commendation in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire (UK). This uni is known for the high caliber of its psychology training and is home to the world famous psychologists Professor Richard Wiseman and Oxford University Experimental Psychologist Professor Ben Fletcher, who was Matt’s supervisor.


Research

His doctorate research is titled “Why Don’t You Just Stop Drinking?”. He worked closely with Alcoholics Anonymous and asked chronic alcohol users and clinicians for their views on the barriers to stop drinking. He found that there was a general lack of awareness of “denial”. From his research he developed a “denial spectrum” which he hopes to publish. Denial is typified by minimisation and rationalisation of alcohol use, it is an unintentional subconscious state. In some cases it is a way of avoiding the pain of alcohol withdrawal. In other cases the effects of alcohol (intoxication) may well be masking painful memories of trauma which is often the case with PTSD. Denial can also be a symptom of brain injury caused by chronic alcohol use.

Matt believes in continuous improvement and is always training. He has completed an intensive 9 month course of training with the world famous “Trauma Centre at the Justice Resource Institute”, Boston, USA, renowned for trauma research. The Trauma Centre is directed by Harvard Psychiatrist Professor Bessel Van Der Kolk who is amongst the top specialists globally in the trauma field and author of the book regarded as the bible on trauma, “The Body Keeps The Score”. Dr Bessell Van Der Kolk strongly recommends EMDR for trauma. Matt has completed training in Executive Coaching with Cambridge University in England. He trained in hypnotherapy with the Holmes Clinic, Beverley Hills, California. Matt has also trained in high intensity cognitive behaviour therapy with the National Health Service (UK). Prior to coming to Brisbane Counselling Centre Matt was a senior psychologist within a university counselling centre.

Dr Matt Worthington in the news, media and public engagements Matt frequently provides presentations within workplaces for staff well-being. He recently presented at the Brisbane Police Academy on the subject of trauma and it’s treatments. Matt is regularly consulted by the media for his opinion.

Media articles featuring Dr Matt Worthington, “How to train your brain to reach 2017 health goals” and “how to use consumer bias to maximise conversion rates“. Another is  Matt’s ground breaking innovative corporate presentations to a large Human Resources Group, “Future People Attachment Styles and Leadership Matt Worthington“.

Matt has also been featured on ABC Radio, Bay FM, Channel 7 and Chanel 9 news. He believes strongly in giving back so he is happy to give free presentations to organisations & groups for worthy causes. Reviews are also available on Google Reviews. Featured in the Sunday Mail on May 12, 2019. p26 “small steps, big change”. Article in the Brisbane Times about Online dating for over 50’s in Queensland.


Areas of counselling offered by Matt include:

 

  • relationship issues / couples counselling / Pre-marital counselling
  • breakthrough sessions for low self-esteem & self worth issues
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • overcoming traumatic incidents (such as car accidents and robberies)
  • dealing with narcissists in your life
  • painful memories
  • dating confidence
  • anxiety
  • people pleasing
  • lack of assertiveness
  • abusive relationship issues
  • depression
  • grief therapy
  • motivation issues
  • workplace issues such as bullying
  • finding personal values and life’s direction
  • habit breaking & addictions (including gambling)
  • academic issues
  • executive coaching
  • Psychology Student Supervision 
  • Court reports
  • Reports for visa issues
  • Employment related
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Neuro-Feedback
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Applied Neuroscience
  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 of Gottman Couples Training

 

 

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