Dr Matthew Roberts
80 Mount Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
P 9459 1100
F 9459 0300
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Matthew has a specialised focus devoted to providing best-quality psychotherapy in his practice, for couples, co-parenting adults, young families and individuals. He does not write scripts, advise about medication, or make assessments or reports for third parties such as insurers, courts, employers or IVF providers.
Dr Matthew Roberts trained as a perinatal psychiatrist, a medical specialist in mental health of pregnancy and early family life. In addition he is a Fatherhood Clinician, a role he has developed to promote healthy fatherhood in all its stages.
Matthew works exclusively in private practice as a psychotherapist. He is known for a capacity to engage and work collaboratively with patients and families, support team-based care with colleagues, and adapt his therapeutic approach to the clinical situation.
Beyond his clinical work Matthew has developed a role as a Clinical Science Communicator, writing and speaking on perinatal, family and general mental health matters. This work included journal publications, conferences, seminars and media engagements. He also writes a blog www.mydoctorshandwriting.com which has attracted international praise on social media and republication by other media outlets.
UK-born but raised in regional Victoria, Matthew trained in medicine and psychiatry locally, through the University of Melbourne and affiliated hospitals around Melbourne and nearby regions. His advanced training and early career consulting in perinatal psychiatry included work at Austin Health Parent-Infant Unit, Mercy Hospital for Women Perinatal Mental Health Team, The Royal Women’s Hospital Centre for Women’s Mental Health and Albert Road Clinic Parent Infant Unit. From 2009-2019 Matthew was the inaugural consultant perinatal psychiatrist at Mercy Health’s O’Connell Family Centre, one of Victoria’s three specialised public early parenting centres.
Matthew nurtures a deep interest in psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy through extensive practice and supervision. In all his roles he finds helpful the wisdom and science of Attachment Theory with its connections to psychoanalysis and developmental psychology, and its fascinating evolutionary underpinnings.
That said, Matthew believes some of his most important continuing professional development comes from outside the healthcare world, where he is a passionate local community member, working musician, Western Bulldogs supporter and (most importantly) father of three.