Dr Tom Matthews
Tom Matthews is a lecturer within the Psychological Therapies and Mental Health subject group. He is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, actively undertaking clinical practice within the NHS, third and private sectors.
Tom’s work as a Clinical Psychologist has predominantly been with young people and families, working in ways which support them around their psychological wellbeing. This has included working within both generic and specialist child and adolescent mental health teams, such as a Gender Identity Development service, in Looked-after and Adopted Children’s CAMHS teams, and within the CAMHS team of a Secure Children’s Home. Tom’s primary interest is in the impact of trauma, particularly developmental trauma, working with looked-after and adopted young people, and gender identity. Tom combines lecturing with working clinically in the NHS and private sectors, as well as being a clinical advisor to a national children’s charity.
Within clinical work, Tom identifies as taking an integrative approach as a psychologist, drawing upon a range of models in his work. These include CBT with a strong lean toward third wave CBT (such as Compassion Focused Therapy & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and mindfulness, alongside systemic and narrative practice and trauma-focused interventions, such as dyadic developmental psychotherapy. The methods in which he practices involve working with individuals, pairs (such as couples and parent-child dyads), and families, as well as offering group-based interventions.