Susan Morgan Dip. Psych mbacp
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom
- Anais Nin
Hello, my name is Susan. I first want you to know that I enjoy being a psychotherapist very much. It is not the easiest job in the world that one could do, it has its challenges but I consider it to be a most enjoyable vocation. There have been times when I do not have the answers for the client, but I will be honest about that with them. There have been times when only sitting in the silence of the room will do because the client is in so much emotional pain that there are no words. There are times when what has been said is so funny that I am honoured that the client is allowing me to share in their hilarity. I just want you to know that these are some of the reasons I love what I do. I am a therapist that is relational and wants to invite all that you are into the therapy so that we may know you better.
Now for the practical, I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist, with most of my experience gained in the field of addiction, (though I do not only work with addiction), for the last seven years. I have worked with many kinds of addiction, including: substance addiction, alcoholism, co-dependency, debting, gambling and porn addiction. In my experience, what lies underneath all these addictions are often deeply held beliefs and ideas of not being good enough and disconnected from those that we love dearly, those that we hate dearly, and from ourselves.
When we disconnect from our self we often become laden with illnesses such as depression; conditions and disorders such as anxiety and low mood. When living with these conditions the thoughts and beliefs about oneself can often be reinforced by poor self-worth and a low sense of confidence and can often be the reason why a person would act out with say, pornography or compulsive spending seeking immediate gratification. When we are down we want pleasure, when we are up, we want pleasure, when we are not really thinking about it we want pleasure. When we are experiencing the most beautiful experiences we want more pleasure. We always want more, because many of us live with a sense that we are not enough. This is most often the basic scenario with addiction. Getting sober or free of acting out, compulsive behaviours means seeking a state of calm, seeking a state of neutrality; seeking a state free of the need to change how one feels and re-learn how to be with that discomfort, that one has been taught is not normal.
For some this state can be achieved fairly quickly, for others this state takes time, but whichever of these examples it requires that you make time for learning about what you need rather than change how you feel with different behaviours, substances or acting out. Commitment to self-care and personal empowerment even when it looks like nothing is changing is needed. Often there are times in the therapy process when this is how it may seem. When it is like this all we can do is sit with our thoughts, feelings and reflections and wait for whatever must unfold.
I also provide personal development coaching, where we will can look at issues specifically such as compulsive spending or food issues, for example. These sessions are booked in blocks of six one hourly sessions
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) where I gained the Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Richmond College AQA Intermediate Counselling Skills
Experience in working with addictions such as substance abuse and misuse, gambling, pornography, co dependence and debt.
Additionally, I have experience of working with Alzheimers and dementia
Areas of counselling I deal with
One hour - One and half hour Assessment: 55.00
One hour therapy session: 65.00
Limited Low- Cost Availability, not evenings: please enquire
Coaching Sessions: 65.00
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from Sept. 2018. I have evening availability, please enquire.
Types of client