Dr Claire Morrish
02380 428785 / 07914 814025
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 can offer evening as well as daytime appointments. 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). 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 am currently in training for a full CAT practitioner status.
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.
Why come to a Clinical Psychologist?
There are a number of health professionals that you can turn to, including your G.P., a counsellor, or a psychotherapist, so why come to a Clinical Psychologist? Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties. Clinical Psychologists are fully trained in different therapeutic approaches and experienced in working with a number of different clients across the age groups. This is delivered through a combination of post graduate teaching delivered by a university, alongside practical training through placements within different NHS services.
Clinical Psychology is a research-led health profession, which aims to reduce distress and improve psychological well-being. Clinical Psychologists are required to keep themselves abreast of developments within the field of clinical psychology through continuing professional development, and are encouraged to engage in their own research.
if helpful, I can offer a comprehensive stand alone assessment to help you to understand yourself, your difficulties and / or the situation you find yourself in currently.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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
£150 for a 75 minute Psychological assessment session, including a written synopsis
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.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I see clients on Monday between 9 a.m.m and 7 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