Matthew ThomasClinical Leader
When I was asked to join Marymead as Clinical Leader I was excited by the opportunity to join a team that at its heart really wants to help make our community better. It provided me with the opportunity to use my 20 years of experience as a Psychologist working in Mental Health, Trauma, Legal Systems and Disability fields to develop programs and staff skill levels. As Clinical leader I have the opportunity to consider all the programs running at Marymead and consider how they can be improved, kept safe and meet community demand.
I have a degree in Medical Science and Honours Degree in Psychology. Due to family illness/disability I completed 3 years of a 4 year part time Master’s in Psychology leaving it to concentrate on developing my child’s skills and optimise her ability. Having the lived experience as a parent and carer of children with disabilities helps me in my role to keep the heart in with the science of helping people.
My three major interests in psychology are Developmental Trauma, Positive Psychology and clinical supervision. As clinical supervisor for many Marymead staff it delights me to see how many Marymead staff consider their role as more than a job but a vocation, it is great to be part of a team like that.