Dr Matt Doherty

Dr Matt Doherty
 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Public Health
 Email matthew.doherty@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4340
 Location Floor/Room 4 ,  Rundle Mal Plaza ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Matthew Doherty is an experienced and nationally recognised child and adolescent psychotherapist. His academic background is in nursing, psychology, and psychotherapy. He is currently involved in Jungian supervision and analysis and is a strong advocate for transpersonal approaches to psychology.

    Over the last 20 years Dr Doherty has had the privilege of working with young people in a variety of psychotherapeutic settings. These settings have included community mental health, homelessness, child sexual abuse, sexual health, and acute inpatient hospital care.

    Dr Doherty has been lecturing in the tertiary sector for the last ten years. His academic work has involved the teaching and supervision of varied undergraduate, post-graduate and advanced training students including medical students during their child and adolescent psychiatry internship; paediatric, psychiatry & general practice registrars, and post-graduate counselling and psychotherapy students. His areas of teaching speciality include attachment theory, development of therapeutic skills, child & adolescent psychology, clinical mental health, trauma-based practice, and psychodynamic theory.

    Dr Doherty’s current areas of research include issues relating to child and adolescent mental health and he is supervising multiple research students in his role with Adelaide University.


    When he is not teaching, Dr Doherty has a role as the Clinical Manager at a small Non-Government, Charitable Organisation called Northern Area Community & Youth Services (NACYS). In this position Dr Doherty provides psychotherapy to a small caseload of complex child and adolescent mental health presentations; supervises a small team of therapeutic staff and maintains clinical governance for the organisation.

  • Awards & Achievements

    University of Adelaide. 2014 & 2016 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching Award: School of Medicine.

    University of Adelaide.  2016 Post Graduate Teacher of the Year: School of Public Health. Faculty of Health Sciences.

    University of Adelaide. 2017 Post Graduate Teacher of the Year. School of Public Health. Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Universty of Adelaide. 2018 Post Graduate Teacher of the Year: School of Public Health. Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Universty of Adelaide. 2019 Post Graduate Teacher of the Year: School of Public Health. Faculty of Health Sciences.



  • Teaching Interests

    Child and adolescent psychotherapy/psychology/psychiatry and mental health

    Trauma (child & adult)

    Post traumatic stress in EFR and Service Population

    Attachment Theory and Practice

    Psychodynamic Theory & Practice (with focus on Jungian Analytic Psychology)

    Clinical Mental Health Approaches

    Development of the therapeutic relationship

    Psychotherapeutic Skills Development

  • Research Interests


    Child and adolescent counselling and mental health

    Trauma-childhood; PTSD

    Jungian Psychotherapy


    The use of surrogate clients/patients in psychotherapy training

  • Community Engagement

    Clinical Manager. Northern Area Community & Youth Services Inc.

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Entry last updated: Friday, 18 Mar 2022

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