Contact Details
Name: Matthew McDonald
Specialist Areas: Abuse, ACC, Addiction, Adjustment to chronic illness, Adjustment to physical disability, Adolescent development, Alcohol & drug issues, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger's syndrome, Assertiveness training, Assessment/measurement in sport, Attachment, Attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), Autism, Behaviour problems, Bipolar disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Brain injury, Bullying, Child development, Conflict resolution, Corporate Psychology, Criminal behaviour, Cross-cultural, Cult involvement, Cultural Supervision, Dementia, Depression, Dissociative identity disorder, Divorce/separation, Domestic violence, Eating disorders, Emotion regulation, Fertility issues, Forensic, Gambling, Gender Dysphoria, Grief and bereavement, Health Anxiety Disorder, Health psychology, Identity difficulties, Impairment assessment, Insomnia, Intellectual assessment, Intellectual disability, Leadership, Learning difficulties, LGBTQ+ issues, Life transition & adjustment issues, Management of offenders, Maori, Men's health, Mental health, Mental illness, Mindfulness, Mood disorders, Neuropsychological assessment, Obesity, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Online/telepsychology via Skype or similar, Organisational governance, Pain management, Parenting, Performance management, Personality assessment, Personality disorder, Phobias, Positive psychology, Post traumatic stress disorder, Professional burnout, Professional supervision, Psychopathology assessment, Rehabilitation/injury counselling, Relationships, Return to work, Rural mental health, Self-esteem & self development, Sex offenders, Sexual abuse, Sexual issues, Shyness & social skills deficits, Sleeping disorders, Somatoform disorders, Sport performance anxiety, Suicide, Terminal illness, Transgender, Sex and Gender Diverse, Trauma, Trichotillomania, Victim of crime, Weight management, Women's health, Work stress
Treatment Areas: Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Brief intervention, Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Compassion-focussed therapy, Couples therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Executive coaching, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Life coaching, Mindfulness-based therapies, Online/telepsychology via Zoom or Skype or similar, Positive psychology
Client Types: Adolescent, Adult, Child, Couple, Family, Infant, Older adult, Organisation, Pre-school
Address: 123 Tweed Street Invercargill 9810
Practice Name: Mind Your Head Psychology Ltd with Dr Matthew McDonald
Location: Rotorua
Phone: 02108804248
Bio: Dr Matthew McDonald at Mind Your Head Psychology Ltd

Registered Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. In 2021 he is available for online telehealth consults New Zealand wide or face-to-face consults in Rotorua.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction), Bachelor of Science with Honours (First Class). 

Mind Your Head Psychology Ltd 

Phone 021 0880 4248


Matt is a seventh generation Southlander who enjoys working with adults of all ages, young people, and their parents, all seeking to make positive change in their lives. His special interests include rural mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and trauma,and he is ACC registered. 

Over the years he has been employed in child and adolescent mental health, community health, corrections and palliative care. Matt believes that in therapy,”one size does not fit all” and it is important to take time to talk with his clients and come up with a plan together to ensure that it works for them. 

Matt is trained in various therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brain-based and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which ensures tailored treatment based on client needs. 

He researched psychometrics and neuropsychological functioning in older people for his PhD and uses these principles in his practice, including digital neuropsychological testing. 

Matt says that he spent far too many years training at the University of Otago, and is enjoying being more involved in the local community through Rotary volunteering.

He is a full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) and New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) Institute of Clinical Psychologists.

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