Moira’s first career was as a registered nurse in a very large and busy public hospital in Melbourne, the Alfred Hospital. It was here during those first 10 years of her working life that she developed an interest in the psychology of health.
The psychological elements of health became of great interest to this young nurse so she embarked upon a double degree in Psychology and Psychophysiology which led to an Honours Degree and then a Doctorate in Health Psychology.
The bedside manner and care required towards her hospital patients during those early years still serves as the framework for Moira’s approach to her clients. It is very important to Moira that her clients feel safe, and that treatment plans and preferences for treatment are discussed collaboratively, respectfully, confidentially and gently.
Moira uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as her therapeutic modalities for treatment.
She is comfortable working with clients across the lifespan except for young children whom Moira prefers to refer to specialist paediatric practitioners. Moira’s client group therefore range in ages from about 13 years old – older adults, even sometimes in their nineties.
The range of issues that Moira deals with include: sleeping difficulties (mainly insomnia and hypersomnia), anxiety (particularly phobias and health anxiety), depression, adjustment to illness, grief and loss issues, smoking cessation (and other substances)and maintaining a healthy body weight and body image. Moira works within an individual framework and refers people regularly for family or group-based therapy when she sees that it would be beneficial.