About the Psychologist

Mhaire Byars, B.A.(Honours), M.Sc.
Registered Psychologist

 

Mhaire Byars is a Registered Psychologist with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is a member of the Association of Psychologists in Newfoundland and Labrador (ANP). 

Mhaire was awarded a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Memorial University in 1994, and has been a Registered Psychologist since that time. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University, where she majored in Psychology and graduated with First Class Standing. 

Mhaire has worked as a Psychologist and Cognitive Therapist in a variety of settings during her career, including nine years with the provincial Health Care system, several years at a private Psychology clinic in St. John’s, and several years as a Counsellor and Assistant Professor at the Memorial University Counselling Centre.

She has experience with a wide range of mental health issues affecting adults and older adolescents.

Mhaire’s background and experience is primarily in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is the evidence-based treatment of choice for many mental health issues.  Mhaire also draws from other empirically-based treatments, such as mindfulness techniques, relaxation techniques and solution-focused techniques, to customize treatment plans to individual needs.

These therapeutic techniques are well-suited for individuals interested in acquiring new skills to help them better cope with stress and loss, experience improved relationships, and enjoy enhanced self-esteem.  Mhaire is committed to helping clients to acquire the skills and confidence they need to reach their goals and live their best lives. She is a firm believer that mental health is improved by mental fitness, in the same way that physical health is improved by physical fitness.  Most of us address the latter, but don’t pay enough attention to the former.

Mhaire has a particular interest in treating Anxiety Disorders and adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). People often struggle with these conditions for years, without realizing that effective, drug-free treatments exist. Psychological strategies can either replace, or augment, medical treatments for these conditions.