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Can you identify with any of these experiences and challenges (whether diagnosed or not)?

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Panic

  • Low self esteem

  • Assertiveness

  • Needing redirection / refocusing

  • Lifestyle and daily routines

  • Handling strong emotions

  • OCD

  • Phobias

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Obesity

  • Loss & bereavement

  • Transitions / stages of life

  • Living with long-term health condition/s

Psychological support

I can support individual adults who are living with a range of psychological challenges, problems and conditions as listed above.  The list is not exhaustive – please do contact me to see if I could support you with any other psychological difficulties not listed.  I do not currently offer sessions for couples or families.

Can you identify with any of these experiences and challenges (whether diagnosed or not)?

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Panic

  • Low self esteem

  • Lack of assertiveness

  • Needing redirection / refocussing

  • Lifestyles and daily routines

  • Handling strong emotions

  • OCD

  • Phobias

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Obesity

  • Loss & bereavement

  • Transitions / stages of life

  • Living with long-term health condition/s

Psychological support

I can support individual adults who are living with a range of psychological challenges, problems and conditions as listed above.  The list is not exhaustive – please do contact me to see if I could support you with any other psychological difficulties not listed.  I do not currently offer sessions for couples or families.

  • It’s important to know that others have probably experienced something similar before – you are unique but you are not alone.

  • When life feels overwhelming or confusing, it can help introduce some understanding, some structure, some hope and a way forward.

  • To learn new strategies and techniques for handling difficult experiences.

  • You don’t need to protect the Clinical Psychologist from some very difficult thoughts and feelings – they can absolutely handle it.

  • You don’t need to worry about whether the Clinical Psychologist will approve or agree with what you say, feel or think – you are not there to be judged.

  • You don’t need to worry about giving back to the Clinical Psychologist. It is a space to fully focus on you – it is not a friendship.

  • To take part in therapy sessions that are flexible. They can be based on dialogue alone if that is what you feel you need to support you. They can also be both reflective and practical, and with new approaches or strategies to try putting into practice between sessions. The approach is flexible according to need.

Whenever I am about to meet a new client for the first time, I remind myself that the client might be experiencing a range of feelings about coming to the appointment. Positive feelings such as anticipation and hope. Or, less welcome feelings such as dread or embarrassment. Whatever you’re feeling before the first appointment, I realise you may be keen to know whether we will get on, and I would agree that a good connection is very important. The initial consultation session will help you decide whether we get on well enough and whether you want it to be me who helps you find your way forward.

Whomever you choose, they should be registered with the HCPC which regulates our profession. ‘Clinical Psychologist’ is a protected title, meaning only those who have completed the standardised professional Doctoral training within the NHS are allowed to use the job title. Those with the job title will be formally known as Doctor (Dr).

Why might people see a Clinical Psychologist for therapy?

  • It’s important to know that others have probably experienced something similar before – you are unique but you are not alone.
  • When life feels overwhelming or confusing, it can help introduce some understanding, some structure, some hope and a way forward.
  • To learn new strategies and techniques for handling difficult experiences.
  • You don’t need to protect the Clinical Psychologist from some very difficult thoughts and feelings – they can absolutely handle it.
  • You don’t need to worry about whether the Clinical Psychologist will approve or agree with what you say, feel or think – you are not there to be judged.
  • You don’t need to worry about giving back to the Clinical Psychologist. It is a space to fully focus on you – it is not a friendship.
  • To take part in therapy sessions that are flexible. They can be based on dialogue alone if that is what you feel you need to support you. They can also be both reflective and practical, and with new approaches or strategies to try putting into practice between sessions. The approach is flexible according to need.

How to choose a Clinical Psychologist?

Whenever I am about to meet a new client for the first time, I remind myself that the client might be experiencing a range of feelings about coming to the appointment. Positive feelings such as anticipation and hope. Or, less welcome feelings such as dread or embarrassment. Whatever you’re feeling before the first appointment, I realise you may be keen to know whether we will get on, and I would agree that a good connection is very important. The initial consultation session will help you decide whether we get on well enough and whether you want it to be me who helps you find your way forward.

Whomever you choose, they should be registered with the HCPC which regulates our profession. ‘Clinical Psychologist’ is a protected title, meaning only those who have completed the standardised professional Doctoral training within the NHS are allowed to use the job title. Those with the job title will be formally known as Dr.

Qualifications
Affiliations

About Me

Dr Lisa Morgan, Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), DClin Psych

I am a qualified and experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist, with a clinic in the heart of the town centre of beautiful Hitchin, north Hertfordshire.

I completed my academic studies in psychology at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and at the University of East London. I have been with the NHS since 2004 where I continue to work three days per week, in a service for which I am the Principal Clinical Psychologist.

As part of my clinical role I provide regular supervision to Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and qualified Clinical Psychologists. I have provided teaching to the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. I have also been part of the selection process for the Doctorate training programme for the University of East London.

I look forward to meeting you, and seeing if I can be of help to you.

Dr Lisa Morgan

About Me

Dr Lisa Morgan, Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), DClin Psych

I am a qualified and experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist, with a clinic in the heart of the town centre of beautiful Hitchin, north Hertfordshire.

I completed my academic studies in psychology at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and at the University of East London. I have been with the NHS since 2004, where I continue to work three days per week, in a service for which I am the Principal Clinical Psychologist.

As part of my clinical role I provide regular supervision to Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and qualified Clinical Psychologists. I have provided teaching to the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. I have also been part of the selection process for the Doctorate training programme for the University of East London.

I look forward to meeting you, and seeing if I can be of help to you.

Dr Lisa Morgan
Qualifications
Affiliations

My approach to therapy

I am experienced in using a number of different talking therapy models, and I tailor my approach according to your needs, as established by your assessment.  I can draw upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, as well as Systemic and Narrative approaches.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is focused on developing skills in handling something difficult or unwanted, such as strong emotions, difficult thoughts, and experiences of life that are hard to face. It supports someone to reduce the extent to which they might be avoiding things that are hard to handle. It can help to support a necessary or chosen change in direction, or a refocusing of someone’s time and energy. It can help someone to develop the skills needed to focus on what is important, right now, rather than finding themselves struggling with things in their head. And where someone isn’t sure of what is important, it can help identify this. This therapy model is my main approach in my practice.

This is a component of a wider approach, such as ACT, and supports someone to develop skills in staying in the moment rather than being carried off on what is commonly known as ‘autopilot’ by the mind. Focusing on the here and now in a highly sensory way, can help where someone has found they get stuck in their heads with worries and other unwanted internal experiences. It can help someone to gain more from the things they are doing each day. It is a little bit like training your mind and your attention.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is focused on challenging negative and difficult thoughts and behaviours, with the aim of learning new perspectives through careful examination of those thoughts, supported by new experiences that can help the emergence of more positive thoughts. It can help support someone with strategies and techniques to continue to challenge negative thoughts.

This approach maintains a focus on the ‘here and now’, looking at what someone wants to achieve now and in the future. It’s highly goal-oriented and there isn’t an emphasis on the past.

Systemic approaches to therapy place the context of relationships as central to understanding difficulties better, and explores patterns and dynamics within existing relationships that can be identified as a resource when trying to find a way forward with challenges.

This approach views problems as separate from the people experiencing them. It looks at the resources someone has that can help reduce the influence of the problems they face.

This approach looks at patterns of thinking and behaviours within early relationships and behaviours, that have resulted in the formation of some quite fixed beliefs about themselves and others, and which could be contributing to the person’s ability to handle their current problems.

What to do next

Please check the FAQs for the answers to common questions about assessment and therapy, and use the Contact Form to ask for further information, or to ask for an informal phone call, if needed.  You may receive this call outside of typical clinic hours.

I accept self-referrals so please complete the Referral Form on this site when you are ready to go ahead.  Once you have submitted the referral form, I will phone you if I need further clarification on any of your details, then you will be invited to choose and book an initial assessment appointment online.   The choice about whether to progress to therapy after your initial assessment is yours.

FEES

  • Initial Assessment Consultation (50 minutes) plus brief letter £100

  • Psychological therapy sessions (50 minutes) £80

Please note that this is a term-time service which is not routinely operational in school holidays. Clients self-book appointments using the online NHPS appointment booking system.

Currently self-funded clients can be seen by the service. Payment is due at the time of booking the scheduled appointment, via the NHPS website secure online appointment scheduler with a credit or debit card.

24 hours notice is required for cancellation. No refund will be given for non-attended appointments or those cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

Terms & Conditions

F A Q s

What should I expect from psychological therapy?2019-08-26T16:07:18+01:00

Some clients come to therapy knowing what they need, and knowing that now is the right time for therapy. However, many of my clients describe feeling stuck, or overwhelmed, and are sometimes unsure of what they need or what they hope for through therapy; if this is you, you aren’t alone, and an assessment and/or the early stages of therapy will help untangle some of these dilemmas. Psychological therapy is different from psychiatry – psychologists don’t prescribe or monitor psychiatric medications, and instead offer talking therapies to explore new ways to approach psychological difficulties.

In therapy with me, you can expect to have a two-way conversation with the aim of supporting you to make sense of difficulties you are living with, and to find ways forward. My aim is to listen carefully and understand your difficulties to the best of my ability, and to use a range of established techniques and strategies, as well as what I see as your personal strengths and resources, to make progress. My knowledge of published evidence for what has helped many others with some similar aspects of their difficulties, scaffolds my conversations with you. Therapy requires a consistent commitment from both you and I, and there is often a practical element to therapy, where I may suggest you try recommended strategies between sessions.

How do I know if I’m ready for therapy?2019-08-26T16:07:59+01:00

Therapy requires commitment on both the part of client and psychologist. Continuity is very important, and as such, you need to be able to attend sessions reliably and to be ready to explore your difficulties openly.

Where do sessions take place?2020-09-03T11:10:29+01:00

Sessions usually take place at the Harmony Clinic, on Bancroft, in Hitchin town centre, North Hertfordshire. However, in light of current guidance in relation to Covid-19, I am operating a telephone clinic until further notice. Harmony Clinic has flat access for people with mobility difficulties, and toilet facilities.

Does it matter where I live?2019-10-22T11:42:36+01:00

As long as you are able to travel to your appointments in Hitchin without difficulty, I can see you – there is no geographical boundary dictating where I accept referrals from.  The only exception to this is that I would be unable to see any client meeting the geographical and clinical criteria for my NHS clinic.  This can be discussed when I receive your enquiry or referral form.

I am a health care professional – can I refer a client to you?2019-08-26T16:09:31+01:00

Yes you can – please use the Referral form and indicate that you are a health care professional when you complete the form with as much information as you have – you need to have the consent and agreement of the client to refer them to me, following which I will contact them.

How many sessions will I have?2019-08-26T16:09:58+01:00

Some clients may find they only need a few sessions to achieve their aims, where others might benefit from significantly more sessions. There is no set number of sessions, and whatever we agree in this respect will be based on what you feel you need.

When can I get an appointment?2020-09-03T14:21:52+01:00

My clinics are currently on Thursdays and Fridays. It may sometimes be possible to provide sessions at other times on an ad-hoc basis. Appointments are offered weekly in most cases but this can be flexible.

Is therapy confidential and is my personal information secure?2019-10-22T12:02:51+01:00

I take confidentiality very seriously, and do not share notes from sessions, or other information about therapy with third parties, with the exception of my clinical supervisor. Clinical supervision is essential for safe practice for all clinicians, and is important for continuing professional development.  Therapy cases are discussed without sharing your name or any other identifying details.

My practice is paperless wherever possible, with correspondence and other communications being sent by email – with password protection where needed. I have taken steps to ensure the security of your personal information as required by law.

As a matter of course, I would suggest that I inform your GP in writing when I start meeting with you, and when therapy ends, and these are necessarily brief letters.  it is important to include your GP in this way, on the basis of safety. Holding your GP details also provides the essential information should there be an emergency. For example, should you tell me something that makes me concerned about your safety or the safety of someone else, I would have a duty of care to share that information as appropriate. If you have any concerns about confidentiality or do not wish for your GP to be informed that you met with me, please do discuss this with me at your assessment.

What if I need to speak to someone between my planned appointments?2019-08-26T16:14:48+01:00

If you need to speak to someone urgently about how you are feeling, or feel you might be at risk of hurting yourself, you need to either visit your GP to ask for appropriate urgent support, or use emergency services if you feel the risk is immediate. My clinic is available at planned appointment times only.

What if I need to change or cancel my appointment?2019-10-22T12:03:39+01:00

Please let me have as much notice as possible of any appointment you are not able to attend, using the Book page to cancel or change your appointment. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full session fee, as will appointments missed without notice. This is because reserving the appointment for you means it is not possible to offer it to another client.

If I need to change or cancel your appointment for reasons beyond my control, your appointment fee will be applied to the next booked appointment, except in the case of final appointments, when it would be refunded.

How do I pay for appointments?2020-02-01T10:06:17+00:00

Payment is due at the time of booking the scheduled appointment, via the NHPS website, using the online diary. Payment is by credit or debit card and are securely processed using Stripe.  I do not currently accept clients funded through insurance companies.

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