Meet the Team: Dr Coralia MacHatch

Meet the Team: Dr Coralia MacHatch

Cora is passionate about delivering evidence-based treatment in a warm and supportive manner, with a client-directed focus. She is committed to achieving positive outcomes for her clients. Cora believes in working collaboratively with you to help you gain insight and understanding of the problem, and to formulate goals you would like to work towards. She will assist you to understand your own psychological processes, will teach you practical skills to manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, to achieve relief from your symptoms, improve your quality of life and prevent relapse.

Cora has extensive experience and is very passionate about working with individuals (children, adolescents, adults) with Autism Spectrum Conditions. She also has experience treating anxiety, depression, stress and interpersonal difficulties. Cora has worked in a variety of settings, including treating traumatised children in remote Australia, and has worked in psychiatric teams and treating degenerative cognitive conditions such as Parkinson’s disease; she also has experience working with people suffering from Diabetes and Complex Obesity as well as people struggling with eating disorders. She is an accredited Triple P provider which means she has experience delivering the most effective parenting programs, helping parents better understand and manage difficulties that arise with raising children, whether they are little ones, adolescents, children with physical or cognitive disabilities, or children whose parents are going through a divorce. Cora has a deep appreciation and understanding of people from different cultures, including Indigenous Australians.

Cora has specialist training and experience delivering evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Applied Behaviour Analysis. These treatments have been found to be effective in providing significant psychological benefits. She also has special interests in neuroscience and behavioural psychology. Her approach has been effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress and trauma, coping with parenting, loss and separation, and relationship problems.

Cora works online, providing e-therapy. Whilst not all concerns can be dealt with via this modality, and indeed some are best addressed face-to-face, where a clinical decision was made that e-therapy is appropriate, it was found that it can be as effective as face-to-face therapy. A notable advantage is that e-therapy can be undertaken from the comfort of your own home, eliminating the need to travel to the clinic. Cora works with teenagers and adults as well as children where appropriate, and/or their parents. Cora also conducts ASD diagnostic assessments. She does this in collaboration with another team member, who conducts a face-to-face component, whilst Cora conducts the online component of the assessment.

Just for fun…

  1. Describe your perfect weekend
    • My perfect weekend is spent with my partner: relaxing, going for drives, or simply sipping coffee and watching the world go by.
  2. Can/would you like to play any instrument and why?
    • I used to play the violin as a child and teenager. At the time, I was not very keen on it, as it was not considered a “cool” instrument; however, now I wish I kept up my skills as it is a beautiful instrument to play and it certainly would be a nice skill to still have…
  3. Can/would you like to learn a new language and why?
    • I do speak other languages and I would love to learn more! I actually am learning to speak Greek, as it is my partner’s mother tongue and I love it!
  4. What’s the quirkiest talent you have (or aspire to have)?
    • I don’t think I have any quirky talent… although I wish I did. I’m not sure if this is considered a quirky talent but I would love to be one of those people who is just naturally good at telling jokes! I love laughter!
  5. What invention would you like to be a reality and why?
    • I am not sure… but I think a time machine. It sure would be good to apply the benefit of hindsight that we have when we look back and change the mistakes we make, particularly when those mistakes negatively impact on people and this planet.

In your career…

  1. What continues to motivate your clinical work in the area of psychology and autism?
    • I am motivated by the difference therapy makes to someone’s quality of life. In the area of autism, I am motivated by the collective knowledge and skill that come from working not only with my fellow professionals but also those that come from my clients.
  2. As a presenter, what topics do you feel are most relevant to share for individuals with ASD and their families/communities.
    • I think some of the most relevant topics to share would be the latest research and findings in the area, as we all benefit from scientific discoveries and knowledge.

Cora is currently available to see children, adolescents and adults via Telehealth. Please contact us to make an appointment with Dr Cora MacHatch.