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Personal profile


Michael is a counselling psychologist who lectures in the Faculty of Education's postgraduate counselling and psychology programs.  Michael's teaching interests centre on advanced counselling, intervention and assessment skills and ethical practice.

Michael has worked as a psychologist for over 19 years in a range of settings, including community health, tertiary counselling and private practice.

Michael is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists, where he served as National Chair from 2011-2016.

Research interests

Michael's current research is focused on the professional identity of Australian counselling psychologists.

Michael's broad research interests are in:

  • Counselling psychology professional practice issues
  • Development of practitioner identity
  • Ethics and professional issues in the counselling profession

Research methods: Thematic Analysis & Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Research design: mixed-methods, survey, interviews

Clinical activities

Registered Psychologist, with Area of Practice Endorsement in counselling psychology

Registered Supervisor (4+2, 5+1, higher degree placements, registrar program (counselling psychology), principal and secondary)

Monash teaching commitment

EDF5532 - Ethics for Counsellors

EDF5533 - Informing practice through research

EDF5561 - Clinical case formulation

EDF5567 - Contemporary psychological practice

Community service

Director - Australian Psychological Society (APS) 2018 - 2021

Research area keywords

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Mixed methods research
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Practitioner identity
  • Practice informed research
  • Counselling

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Research Output

  • 6 Article
  • 1 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Meeting Abstract

Challenges facing Australian counselling psychologists: a qualitative analysis

Davis-McCabe, C., Di Mattia, M. & Logan, E., Dec 2019, In : Australian Psychologist. 54, 6, p. 513-525 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A review of the processes by which school psychologists and counsellors can use taxonomies to evaluate health-related apps

Ostojic, M., Chung, J., DiMattia, M., Furlonger, B., Busacca, M. & Chittleborough, P., Dec 2018, In : Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools. 28, 2, p. 212-233 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Counselling psychology in Australia: challenges and future directions

Davis-McCabe, C. & Di Mattia, M., Dec 2018, In : Australian Psychologist. 53, S1, p. 87 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractOther

Open Access

A profile of Australian counselling psychologists

Di Mattia, M. & Davis-McCabe, C., Apr 2017, InPsych, 39, 2, p. 38-39 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleOther