Meet the Team
Dr Catherine Matthews
Senior Clinical Psychologist & Director
DPsych (Clin), BSc (Hons), MAPS, Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Catherine is the founder and Senior Psychologist at Southern Child & Family Psychology. As a registered clinical psychologist with over 12 years experience working in child and family psychology, Catherine has worked in a range of clinical settings, including the Royal Children's Hospital, Monash Health Early in Life Mental Health Service, The Melbourne Clinic, and private practice. Catherine is a board approved supervisor, and has experience in providing professional supervision to both training and registered psychologists, as well as to training child psychiatrists, child psychotherapists, and allied health professionals.
Catherine has also lectured for Monash University's Doctor of Psychology program and Mindful's Developmental Psychiatry Course, and has consulted to Child Protection Services, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and a number of non-government organisations.
Catherine is passionate about providing evidence based treatment to young people and their families, working in a collaborative way to develop a shared understanding with families about what types of treatments and interventions may be helpful.
Catherine works with a broad range of mental health issues in young people, with a special interest in anxiety disorders (including OCD, separation anxiety, & phobias), depression, Autism, attachment disorders, school refusal, and learning disabilities.
Dr Sophie Johnstone
DPsych (Clin), BPsych(Hons), MAPS
Sophie is a registered Clinical Psychologist with a wide range of experience working with young people and adults. Sophie has a broad range of skills and knowledge from working in various clinical settings, including paediatric mental health, acute and rehabilitative hospital settings, a secondary school, and private practice.
Along with her passion for working in adolescent and family psychology, Sophie also has an interest in adult mental health and wellbeing. She is a warm and empathic clinician who draws upon various evidence-based treatment modalities to meet the needs of her clients. She has a particular interest in acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and schema therapy. She currently sees young people aged 12 years and over through to older adults.
Dr Michelle Lindsay-Dawe
DPsych (Clin Neuro), BSc (Behavioural), Post Grade Dip (Psych), MAPS, Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
Michelle is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with over 10 years experience in the assessment of children, adolescents and young adults. She has worked in a variety of hospital settings, including Acute Rehabilitation Units, The Royal Children’s Hospital Learning Difficulties Centre and The Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service. Michelle has also worked in Acute Paediatric Inpatient Units and currently works part time within the Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Team at Monash Early in Life Mental Health Service.
Neuropsychologists specialise in assessing a young person’s thinking skills and learning. They have an in depth understanding of brain structure, function and dysfunction, and the effects multiple factors have on cognitive, behavioural and emotional functioning.
Michelle has experience in the areas of:
Michelle offers tailored cognitive assessments for young people aged 3 – 18 years. Assessments range from a basic cognitive (IQ) assessment to a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment covering multiple areas such as IQ, academic functioning, memory and attention. Assessments may be either diagnostic, to identify strengths and weaknesses, or to provide a baseline or track changes over time.
Michelle has a passion for helping young people and their families better understand the impact of cognitive difficulties and how to best utilise cognitive strengths
Dr James Meyer-Grieve
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
MBBS MPM FRANZCP (Certificate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Dr James Meyer-Grieve is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with specialist experience in child neuropsychiatry, behavioural disorders, and psychotherapy. His psychotherapeutic experience extends from anxiety and mood disorders to more complex presentations of social/emotional difficulties. He has worked for over 20 years in public psychiatry, and took the clinical lead for the development of Monash Children’s Endeavour Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry team and The Oasis Child Neuropsychiatry Inpatient Unit. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University, and provides State-Wide training for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders through Melbourne University’s Mindful program.