Hello, I'm Matthew.
I am a psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience working in a range of NHS mental health and psychological wellbeing settings, GP clinics, and private counseling organisations.
I am trained to in three main modalities: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-centred Counselling and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. In also make use of approaches such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and a range of mindfulness approaches.
Although I specialise in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including complex trauma (childhood trauma), I treat a range of anxiety disorders such as OCT, and low self-esteem, depression, loss, bereavement, stress, addictions, alcohol dependence, relationship issues, etc.
I am passionate about helping people unlock their potential and recover form self-limiting beliefs and distressing experiences. My style is compassionate and collaborative. I draw on a range of psychotherapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, person-centred counselling and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
I believe everyone has the potential to move towards being an integrated, complete person. The first step is developing insight and understanding of the problem, whatever it is. From there, I will work then alongside you to develop a tailored approach that will harness your strengths and give you the best chance to gain mastery over your mind, and therefore you life.
The Benefits of Psychotherapy
Do you want to develop insight into and change patterns of thinking, feeling and reacting that maintain anxiety, depression, anger or stress? Do you struggle with trauma or addiction, or simply want to transform your relationship with loved ones? Or would you like to make freer choices, increase your self-understanding, unlock your full potential or learn to live in a more empowered, mindful way?
Sometimes unresolved past events - a difficult childhood, a traumatic experience - leave emotional wounds that reactivate under certain conditions. Even small traumas or what seems distressing events can leave us experiencing painful emotions that can cause problems in relationships and in come cases even impact our ability to function in day to day life.
I am trained in a range of therapies that are designed to resolve these issues, including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
Aims to look at patterns of unhelpful thinking patterns and unhealthy responses that maintain a problem, to develop insight and freedom from these reactions and to live in a more responsive way to situations. New strategies and techniques are taught and practiced by the client to help them explore new and different ways of relating to their problem.
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy:
Specifically developed to resolve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), this approach involves identifying past traumas from a person's life in order to fully process these experiences leaving one free from the emotional distress linked to the memory. This therapy approach is perfect for anytime of traumatic/distressing life event, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, road traffic accidents, medical trauma, and sudden unexpected loss to name a few.
- Humanistic Counselling:
A warm, non-judgmental, open approach is offered by the therapist to help the client feel at ease and enable them to explore various themes of challenge in their life. The therapeutic relationship is seen as key to fostering insight and transformation in the clients' relationship to their problems. This therapy works particularly well for issues of role transformation, bereavement/grief/loss, depression and relationship difficulties.
- Mindfulness, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT):
Meditative techniques are offered to help one connect more deeply with the present moment and access a dimension of being which enables the client to witness and distance themselves from unhelpful thinking and emotional distress. Clients are trained in how to adopt an 'observer stance' to their distress, to develop a 'compassionate self', which enables them to view their suffering from a compassionate perspective. This approach is particularly useful in working with low self-esteem, thoughts of self-criticism, or for people who want to learn to develop a sense of inner calm and peace.
Conditions I work with
- Depression, low self-esteem, self-criticism.
- Grief, bereavement, loss.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma following accidents, physical, emotional or sexual abuse (from childhood or adulthood).
- Anxiety Problems: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Phobias (e.g. heights, blood, agoraphobia), Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Adjustment to major life transitions.
- Eating Disorders.
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
- Physical health difficulties, such as Chronic Heart Disease (CHD), Coronary Pulmonary Obstructive Disorder (COPD), Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Non-epileptic seizures, etc.
- Addictions and alcohol dependence
How I work
I know well the importance of establishing a therapeutic relationship that is based on trust, openness and acceptance. From this platform, I work together with you to develop a shared understanding of the difficulties. During the initial consultation, identify key goals for therapy and discussion what the best approach might be. The approach we select should best suit your needs and ensure you have the best chance to resolve and experience freedom from the issues that concern you.
The psychotherapeutic approaches I draw from are based on evidence-based (NICE) guidelines, which means the approach we select should be based on the best current guidelines for good practice. In addition, I recognise the pace of therapy should be comfortable, and I am sensitive to fact that many clients share material that is highly sensitive and personal.
It is important to discuss your areas of strength and resilience, as we can harness your potential in overcoming difficulties through the skills and abilities you already have. We then set out together to discover the most efficient pathway towards your full recovery.
I offer supervision to other mental health practitioners, counselors, and psychotherapists. Please enquire to discuss availability and rates.
In my own practice, I am bound by the ethical guidelines of British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
Where I work
I in Whitefield, Greater Manchester where I have a private clinic. I also offer online therapy using Google Duo, a secure video conferencing platform.
If you are interested in working with me, please contact me by telephone, email or the contact form on my website. I am happy to discuss briefly the main therapies I offer.
We can then arrange an initial consultation to discuss in detail your main difficulties and a treatment plan for how to resolve them.
Please visit my website, www.livinginsighttherapy.co.uk
Thank you for visiting,
Matthew Morgan, Psychotherapist (BABCP Accredited)
Living Insight Therapy
Training, qualifications & experience
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Practitioner. I have completed all 4 parts of core EMDR training including working with complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exeter University (2014)
- Masters in Integrative Counselling, Keele University (2006)
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Liverpool (2004, First Class Honours)
- Over 10 years experience as a full-time Psychotherapist in Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services
- 18 years work experience gained in various mental health settings, as a mental health support worker, alcohol counsellor, private GP counsellor, a tutor for autistic adults in private setting, a self-employed counsellor for counselling agencies.
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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free 10-15 minute meeting to discuss the therapeutic approaches I offer.
60 pounds for initial consultation (50 minutes).
80 pounds for treatment sessions (50 minutes).
I work Thursday and Fridays 8.00 am - 5 pm.