Dr Matthew Johnson
General Practitioner - Mental Health Specialism
MB ChB MRCGP
Matthew is a vocationally trained General Medical Practitioner with over thirty years of experience in a variety of clinical settings within both the NHS and Private sectors.
Early in his GP career he developed an interest in working with patients experiencing problems with chemical substances and alcohol. This interest widened into the general field of mental health. Matthew has worked as the Clinical Mental Health Lead Practitioner for two NHS general practices, as well as for the Westminster Primary Care Trust. He has undergone training in psychotherapeutic techniques and, alongside a patient centred holistic approach to mental health, he offers a therapeutic style based upon coaching, motivational interviewing, and elements of mindfulness-based approaches. He has been developing this skill mix over many years and has found it to be very effective in aiding the recovery of patients with anxiety and depression, and substance/alcohol issues.
Matthew is also experienced with patients who are experiencing mental health issues alongside significant physical elements such as coping with chronic pain or illness, and psychosomatic conditions. An important part of this may sometimes be a diagnostic approach to determine what the main causes for a patient’s symptoms are (for example thyroid problems can present as anxiety or low mood).
Matthew has a good understanding of the range of psychotherapeutic options and is thus able to explore what type of psychotherapy and therapist may best suit an individual seeking longer term and more in-depth psychological therapy. As a registered medical practitioner, he is also able to discuss and provide pharmacological therapy where this is appropriate.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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