Dr Claire Morrish

Dr Claire Morrish

Pocklington, Nr York
East Riding Of Yorkshire

01759 369961 / 07824 396235

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Pocklington, Nr York
East Riding Of Yorkshire

01759 369961 / 07824 396235

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 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 Principal Clinical Psychologist and lead for Adult Mental Health in 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 based approaches 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 to your particular needs. 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.

Psychological Assessment:

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

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) University of Essex
  • MSc in Psychological Research Methods, Portsmouth University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), The Open University
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy Skills: ACAT
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professions Council
  • 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 £80.

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.

Further information

I see clients in my consulting room in my home, 5 miles outside Pocklington, which is quiet and private.  A car is necessary to access this.

Maps & Directions

Pocklington, Nr York, YO42

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes


I am able to offer daytime and evening appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults