Dr. Catherine McCarthy 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 ADF Garrison Health Services.
Catherine has a particular interest in working with severe and enduring mental health problems, including Complex PTSD/trauma, dissociation, psychosis, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, complex anxiety disorders and severe depression in adolescents and adults. 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 Interest Group for Psychosis and Psychology and is a reviewer for the British Journal of Health Psychology. She has presented at conferences and workshops in Australia, UK and Europe.
Catherine completed her doctoral training at the University of East London, where she trained and worked in a number of secondary and tertiary care NHS teams, including the INPUT pain programme at Guys and St Thomas Hospital; in a CAMHS team, an Early Intervention team for psychosis and bipolar disorder, and a secondary care psychology service providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapies at East London NHS Trust; and in an intellectual disabilities team at Barts and the London Hospital. She also worked at Camden and Islington recovery services for psychosis and bipolar disorders before returning to Sydney in 2016. Since returning to Australia she has worked in an early intervention service and with the military and first responders.
Catherine also holds masters degrees in health psychology and child and adolescent psychology. She currently also works in a chronic pain clinic at North Shore Hospital and as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at USpace’s sub-acute inpatient and day programme unit for young people aged 16-30 years old at St Vincents Hospital, where she has developed and is the lead therapist for a schema therapy group and a Voices, Visions, Paranoia and Unusual beliefs group in the day unit.
Catherine is currently gaining her accreditation as a schema therapist. She also has a number of years experience applying third wave CBT and relational approaches. Catherine takes an evidence based approach which also values collaboration, building a strong therapeutic relationship in which clients feel safe and understood, and, working together to develop an individualised formulation and treatment plan.