Dr. Catherine McCarthy

BA(Psych), MHSc, MPsych, DPsych, MAPS, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Dr. Catherine McCarthy is a Clinical Psychologist who has provided psychology services at the Northern Pain Centre on Thursdays since June 2016. She also works at St Vincent’s USpace inpatient unit and day programme for young people. Catherine is registered with AHPRA as a Clinical Psychologist and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and an Associate Fellow of the British  Psychological Society (BPS). Catherine is registered to provide clinical psychology services through Medicare, WorkCover, CommCare, Department of Veterans Affairs and Garrison Health Services.

Catherine has worked for a number of years with severe and enduring mental health problems, including personality disorders. She is interested in understanding the relationship between chronic pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which she developed working with current and ex serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and police forces in Australia and the UK. Catherine is a member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Psychosis and Complex Mental Health. She is also on the APS National Committee for the Psychosis and Psychology interest group and is a reviewer for the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Catherine applies a variety of evidence based psychological approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for chronic pain. She also regularly applies other third wave, mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) approaches and depending on patient needs, can provide longer term treatments such as DBT, schema and psychodynamic therapies. She is currently gaining her accreditation as a schema therapist.