Dr Claire Morrish

Dr Claire Morrish


02380 428785 / 07914 814025

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02380 428785 / 07914 814025

About me

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with experience of working with adults, young people and families within the NHS and in private practice. I offer you a safe space in which to explore the issues that are concerning you. I am registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society, as well as a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS). In addition to my independent practice at the Cardinal Clinic in Windsor, I have worked in the NHS for a number of years in a variety of adult mental health settings, and am currently employed as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with my local NHS Trust.

I am experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. I use a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which I adapt to suit the needs of each individual. Alongside CBT, I use Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Systemic and Solution Focused approaches, and Mindfulness.

I can help people with problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, family issues, panic, OCD, social anxiety, trauma, grief, low self-esteem and psychosis.

I am experienced in working with people who have personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder. I use CAT and DBT to help people improve their ability to tolerate distress, manage their emotions and improve their relationships. I introduce a variety of techniques, drawn particularly from Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help people gain more control over thoughts or emotions, and the behaviours that follow.

First meeting and treatment schedule:

At the first meeting I will ask some questions about you and, importantly what you are hoping to gain from coming to therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the process of therapy, and to find out whether this feels a safe and comfortable space to work together. This initial session lasts for up to 75 minutes. Following sessions are 50 minutes long.

Assuming we decide to work together at that first meeting, we will then make a contract for an agreed time period, before reviewing our work against the aims set at the beginning. I am happy to see you short term or long term. The usual basis for short term work is 6 weeks.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), The Open University
MSc in Psychological Research Methods, Portsmouth University
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) University of Essex
Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) British Psychological Society
Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society
Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professions Council
Cognitive Analytic Therapy Skills: ACAT

Certificate in Supervision and Coaching: Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust
Certificate in Interpersonal Therapy: Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
Certificate in Systemic (Family) Therapy: North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Certificate in DBT training: Southern Health Foundation Trust
Certificate in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Assertiveness training


The initial assessment usually lasts an hour and a quarter; subsequent sessions are 50 minutes. The fee for the first and each subsequent session is £70.
Couples £95 - 1 ½ hours
I work in a time limited way and will always work collaboratively to agree goals for therapy.

I am registered with AXAPPP and Aviva Health Care Insurance companies.

Further information

I meet with clients in my consulting room at my home, which is quiet, private and safe.
Access to my consulting room is straightforward: the number 11 and 12 buses stop outside, and Totton train station is 15 minutes walk.  Parking is also straightforward.  The room is on the ground floor and suitable for wheelchair access.

Privacy and confidentiality are extremely important to all my clients.  As there is no provision for waiting, and in order that clients may feel assured that their privacy will be respected, you are asked to arrive promptly for your appointment.

Maps & Directions

Southampton, SO40

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I see clients on Monday mornings and evenings after 6.30 p.m. In addition, I see clients Thursday afternoons and evenings, and all day Friday up to 5 p.m. Weekends by negotiation.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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