Dr Cora MacHatch

Cora is a Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar) who completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Southern Cross University and her Master in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland.

She is passionate about delivering evidence-based treatment in a warm and supportive manner, with a client-directed focus. Cora is committed to achieving positive outcomes for her clients. She 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. Cora 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. She will help you solve problems such as dependence to cigarettes or other substances, deal with a work-related problem, manage stress, relationship difficulties or simply learn to problem-solve.

Cora has extensive experience working with individuals (children, adolescents, adults) with Autism Spectrum Conditions. She is very fortunate to have worked alongside experts in this area such as Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, under who’s guidance she trained. 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.