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Ms Megan Haire

Ms Megan Haire

Mobile 0416 131 745
Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor

Megan Haire Psychology

Mobile 0416 131 745

I was living in the outback when I was drawn to work in psychology after a series of tragic suicides. I felt inspired to help people manage anxiety and depression and adjust well to life stresses and transitions, rather than be defeated by them. I have worked with clients in university clinics, public and private hospital settings, and private practice. I am well versed in evidence-based therapies and also employ art therapy and sand play. I believe good therapy should be safe and include fun.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 18a Margaret St, Strathfield, Sydney NSW 2135 0416 131 745 PHONE 0416 131 745

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy 
  • Individual counselling and psychotherapy
    Art therapy
    Sand tray

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Abortion, Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Childhood Issues, Depression, Fertility / Pregnancy, Gambling, Life Transitions, Obsessive Compulsive, Performance Anxiety, Phobias, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Stress Management, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Art Therapy, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Sand Tray, Schema Therapy, Solution Oriented

    I approach my work through an attachment framework. Making a genuine connection so that the client feels safe and accepted, is the key to building a strong therapeutic relationship that is essential for therapy to be worthwhile. As the client and I explore what the issues are for the client, we collaboratively choose which modalities to employ. We may draw on elements of CBT, ACT, DBT, Schema therapy, Mindfulness, IPT, art therapy, or sand tray, depending on the evidence of effectiveness and the client's preferences.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • B Soc Sc (Psych) (Hons) - 2010 - CSU
    • Master of Clinical Psych - 2014 - UWS

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Clinical Psychology Association
    • Australian Psychological Society

      Quality Provision

      As a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society, and member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association, I regularly maintain a continuing professional development program and supervision, to ensure I am providing my clients with the highest quality of service.

      Background

      Initially trained in CBT through a university clinic, I have extended my skills by studying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and other modailites. I have worked in a leading clinic for problem gambling, an inpatient clinic for severe mood disorders, and a children's hospital as well as a not for profit organisation treating vulnerable people with complex difficulties. I am currently in private practice.

      Appointments

      Appointments can be made by ringing Megan on 0416131745
      or emailing meganhairepsychology@gmail.com
      or through the website meganhairepsychology.com.au
      Hours: Currently Saturdays are available
      Other days, early or late appointments may be negotiated

      Transport and Parking

      My office is within walking distance of local schools and is 6 minutes walk from public transport at Strathfield Station. Free parking is available in local streets (2 hours) and in Strathfield Plaza (3 Hours).

      Fees

      Fees are charged on a sliding scale. Medicare rebates ($124.50) are available for 10 sessions per year with a referral from a GP under a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). Health card holders are bulk billed. www.meganhairepsychology.com.au/fees-rebate

      Payment Options

      Cash
      Cheque
      Direct Deposit



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      10 Questions with Megan Haire

      • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

      • While raising a family in the outback and experiencing a lot of difficult experiences first hand or through close friends, I became interested in what makes some people vulnerable and other people resilient in the face of hardship. The outback experience heightened my awareness of the issue of isolation, both geographical and emotional, and how important human connection is in keeping us sane and happy. After my local community suffered a series of suicides during a drought, I wanted to do something to help make a difference to the lives of people who struggle with anxiety and depression. I went back to uni and discovered a new way to connect with people through counselling.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • When I was a struggling teenager, I had a light bulb moment while reading "Your erroneous zones" by Dr Wayne W Dyer. It was the first time I realised that my mood was connected not to what happened to me, but to what I thought about what happened to me, or my interpretation or attitude to what happened to me. There was so much freedom and opportunity in that idea. I realised I had choices and was not a victim. From that point on I became a student of human behaviour and what I later came to know as cognitive behaviour therapy. As my studies continued, I developed an appreciation of attachment theory and neuropsychology, and how our mind and body are inseparably interconnected and created in and by our social/emotional environment. I have always been fascinated by human behaviour and psychology and consider myself a humanist.
      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • I am particularly interested in how our interactions with our parents and other significant people shape our beliefs about ourselves that then have profound influences on how we respond to challenges we face as we go through the world.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • I mostly use what people generally call Talk therapies (such as CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness, Schema therapy) but these are also active therapies, in that there are practical skills to learn and experiments or exercises to do outside of the therapy room. I also have facilities for art therapy and sand tray work.
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • It is not realistic to expect instant results. Even though some people find one or two sessions completely resolves their issues, this is not the norm. Therapy requires a good match between the client and therapist, so that a good alliance is made and a therapeutic bond develops. This should be evident within a few sessions. Research suggests that the client who feels there is a good match and something positive happening within 2 or 3 sessions is likely to have a good outcome down the track. If it's not feeling right for you after 3 sessions, discuss your dissatisfaction with the therapist or find someone else who is a better match.
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • Having therapy or doing therapy???
        I don't know that 'being a better person' is how I would describe my goals for therapy. Having therapy myself made me more true to myself, and less worried about conforming to please other people. Therapy helped me through a difficult time in my life, and gave me tools to manage anxiety and prevent depression. I know I am stronger and more resilient than I might otherwise have been. It also means I know what clients go through when they begin to tell their troubles to a stranger.
        Doing therapy with clients has been a privilege that has made me a better person, because every client is unique and teaches me something new about humanity, broadening my understanding and deepening my empathy. You can never have too much understanding and empathy.
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • When I am in the moment connecting with another human being about something that is real and authentic, that is when I feel most alive. I first experienced this when working on the phone at Lifeline, and it has never left me.
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Yes, I'm human like everyone else. I have moments of frustration and distraction. However, I manage my practice in such a way that I look after my health and don't compromise my ability to empathise with clients. Supervision and self care is an important part of my routine, and I take breaks to ensure I can offer a consistently high level of service.
      • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

      • Isolation and alienation of various forms.
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • "The six pillars of self esteem" (and other works) by Nathaniel Branden (book)
        Any painting by Van Gogh
        "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (song)
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      Ms Megan Haire

      Megan Haire

      Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor

      Life can be puzzling and painful. Counselling can seem like a scary thing to do, but it is worth taking the risk. Sorting out the puzzle and healing from the pain allows you to create a more satisfying and meaningful life. Sometimes solving problems, especially those that have burdened you for a long time, can release new energy and optimism for living. As a psychologist, I can gently guide you through this process, helping you chose strategies that best suit you....

      • Strathfield
      • ACT, Art Therapy, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Sand Tray, Schema Therapy, Solution Oriented