About Us

Megan Haire

Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Registrar
BA DipEd, BSocSC(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clin)

Megan is a psychologist who is passionate about working with children and adults to help them transform their lives.

I love my job because people’s lives matter and I feel privileged to be allowed to share in the meaningful and important issues they face. Doing what I do, connecting with people at a very vulnerable place and time in their lives, sharing their pain, and going on a journey of discovery and healing with them, is the activity that makes me feel most alive and useful.

Megan has particular expertise in working with people across the life span who experience high anxiety (such as separation fears, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and health anxiety). She has also had experience in helping people with perinatal issues including pregnancy decisions, miscarriage, adoption, abortion, grief and loss, postnatal depression and anxiety, infertility and IVF. She works with people to help them manage life transitions, such as starting high school, leaving school or uni, early career, marriage, separation, divorce, midlife crises, planning for or adjusting to retirement. And she enjoys helping people to manage relationship and parenting issues.

With apologies to Forrest Gump’s mother, I would say clients ‘are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get’ and I like it that way!  I enjoy the freshness and naivety of children and the wisdom and richness of the elderly, and the perspectives of everyone in between. I find every client teaches me something valuable about what it is to be human. I respect their vulnerabilities and feel inspired when I witness their strengths in action.

In her previous psychology roles, Megan has worked in a number of settings including a non-profit organization, an inpatient setting, specialist child services, specialist gambling services and private practice. Regardless of her work setting, her approach to therapy is one of empathy for her clients and respect for their strengths and abilities.

I have a passion for helping people understand and master their own minds, through educating them about attachment and neuroscience, and teaching them skills such as mindfulness, acceptance and self-compassion, in the interest of building a life of purpose and fulfillment.

As a person, Megan is warm, caring and down-to-earth. In her previous life, prior to becoming a psychologist, she demonstrated her commitment to others as a mother, farmer, teacher, fund-raiser and community committee member. These rich life experiences help her to approach her work with compassion and understanding

Life can be extremely hard, boring or painful as well as joyful, exciting or fun. Getting through the challenges often depends on the quality of our connections to others who are able to support us emotionally. My job as a psychologist is all about human connection of the deepest kind, whether it is my connection with a client or the client’s connection to their most significant others or to themselves.

Recent publications

  • Saling, L & Haire, M (2016) ‘Are you awake? Mobile phone use after lights out.’ Computers in Human Behaviour, Vol 64, p932-937.

Recent continuing education

  • Oct 2016. ‘Exploring female sexual function’.  Presented by Serena Cauchi. Anxiety Practitioners Network.
  • Oct 2016. ‘Supporting the mental health of people returning to work after a long-term injury’. Facilitated by Dr Konrad Kangru, Mental Health Practitioners Network.
  • Aug 2016. ‘Working collaboratively to manage comorbid mental health and methamphetamine use’. Facilitated by Dr Catherine Boland, Mental Health Practitioners Network.
  • Aug 2016. ‘Is chronic pain an anxiety disorder? The role of anxiety in the development and persistence of pain’. A/Prof Kathryn Nicholson Perry, Australian College of Applied Psychology.
  • July 2016. ‘Cognitive Remediation Therapy for eating disorders and obesity’. Presented by Dr E Smith Western Sydney University and Dr J Raman University of Technology Sydney.
  • July 2016. ‘Perinatal non-directive counselling’. Online course. Australian Psychological Society
  • July 2016. ‘Dissociative Identity Disorder’. Presented by Dr Angela Kendal, Inner West Complex Trauma Network.
  • July 2015. ‘Working with survivors of torture and trauma: Research evidence and clinical considerations’. Presented by Dr Angela Nickerson, University of NSW.
  • June 2015. ‘Advances in treating traumatic stress’. Presented by Prof Richard Bryant, University of NSW.
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Consultation hours

Megan is available for appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) – Western Sydney University (previously known as University of Western Sydney) (awarded APS Clinical College Student Prize 2014)
  • Bachelor of Social Science, (Psychology) (Honours) – Charles Sturt University, Bathurst
  • Diploma of Education (Secondary) – Sydney Teacher’s College
  • Bachelor of Arts – Sydney University

Professional memberships

  • Fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Registered Medicare provider
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Associate member of Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
  • Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
  • Member of Anxiety Practitioners’ Network (APN)
  • Member of Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)
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Megan is available for consultations on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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