Dr Lisa Morgan, North Hertfordshire Psychology Services
NOVEMBER 2020 - I CURRENTLY HAVE SPACE FOR NEW CLIENTS, BY PHONE OR VIDEO CALLS.
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 not alone.
- When life feels overwhelming, confusing, or you've been through tough times, it can help introduce some understanding, some structure, some hope and a way forward.
- 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.
I am a qualified and experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist. I am currently operating a phone and video call clinic in light of Covid-19. When I resume a face to face clinic, I will see clients at a clinic in the heart of the town centre of beautiful Hitchin, North Hertfordshire. The NHPS clinic is a 15-minute walk from Hitchin train station, and 2 minutes walk from the nearest bus stops which serve routes to local towns including Letchworth, Stevenage, and Luton. If you are driving, Hitchin is a few miles from both the A1M and the M1, and there are a number of pay and display parking options within a few minute's walk of the clinic.
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 anxiety 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.
What support can I provide?
I can support individual clients who are living with a range of psychological challenges, problems and conditions, including:
• Stress management
• Needing redirection/ refocusing
• Lifestyle and daily routines
• Handling strong emotions
• Trauma and PTSD
• Loss and bereavement
• Transitions/ stages of life
• Living with long-term health condition/s
• Living with acquired brain injury/ life after stroke
The above list is not exhaustive – please do contact me to see if I could support you with psychological difficulties not listed above. I do not currently offer sessions for couples or families.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my academic studies in psychology at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and at the University of East London. I have continuous service in the NHS since 2004 in psychology roles. I continue to work in the NHS three days per week, in a Clinical Health Psychology Service, for which I am the Principal Clinical Psychologist. This role involves supporting people with a combination of long-term health conditions, and a range of psychological difficulties and challenging life events.
As part of my clinical role I provide regular supervision to Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and a number of qualified Clinical Psychologists. I have provided teaching to the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Hertfordshire. I have also been part of the selection process for the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme for the University of East London.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Consultation (50 minutes) £100
Psychological therapy sessions (50 minutes) £80