Matthew Ryan is a senior psychologist who has been supporting and assisting people to work through their personal and relational problems, for over 30+ years.
A bit about Matthew
With his expertise in helping individuals, couples and families, he assists people to sort through the issues and dysfunctional patterns that prevent them from enjoying their own life and their relationships. Matt is highly skilled at providing therapy and counselling for (but not limited to):
- Depression and Anxiety
- Panic disorder
- Mood Disorder
- child abuse
- loss and grief
- Self-harming and Suicidal thoughts
- Couple therapy
- Families with problem children/teenagers;
- Parents stuck in power struggles with their offspring;
- Families experiencing domestic violence;
- “Failure to launch” – ie families where adult children remain dependent on their parents for a variety of reasons.
Matt believes that the vast majority of troubled marriages and families can be assisted to regain the openness, joy and flow that are the hallmarks of healthy relationships. He understands that what keeps most people in marriages and families “stuck” is their great difficulty in seeing their own participation in the problems that plague them. Most people tend to blame each other for their unhappiness, which is only natural, but it is this tendency of blame and counter-blame that often causes the relationship to get bogged down.
As a marriage and family psychologist, Matthew’s role is to help each person in the relationship see how they contribute to their dysfunctional ways of relating, and what changes are necessary to resolve their difficulties.
Matt is experienced in working with teenage males and females as they face the challenges of stepping into young adulthood. He has raised two sons now in their twenties who are very independent while still having a very close bond with him.
He has a strong background in working with men and women of all ages struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Workplace issues, and has found that utilising a combination of Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, is particularly beneficial for these clients. This may include training in practising and employing meditation to assist them to stay focused and calm and in everyday life.
In addition, Matt is experienced in providing counselling to people from the LGBT community
During his spare time Matt enjoys surfing, kayaking and cycling.