Dr Matt Richardson is a clinical psychologist / neuropsychologist working at the ISIS Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand (a regional neurorehabilitation unit), in a full-time clinical post.
He was born and trained in the UK, gaining his Bachelor’s psychology degree from the University of St Andrews (Scotland), and his clinical doctorate at University College London (2001). He moved to New Zealand in 2008, and soon started working with patients with functional neurological symptoms for the first time. He quickly became disenchanted with somatisation/conversion explanations, and devised a new treatment in 2011, which achieved full symptom remission in all of the initial patients that he used it with. He went on to publish the subsequent consecutive case series, which achieved 93% full remission of a range of functional neurological symptoms.
Since publication in early 2018, he has been training others in his treatment protocol, now named Nocebo Hypothesis Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (NH-CBT) including an extensive workshop at the Australian College of Clinical Neuropsychologists’ annual conference, as well as multiple national workshops in all major New Zealand cities.
He also practices sports psychology, and currently works with New Zealand #1’s in two different sports, including golfer Ryan Fox.