Therapeutic Approach

THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP

The foundation of Morgan's counseling and psychotherapy practice is the nurturance and exploration of a safe, accepting, and attuned therapeutic relationship. This therapeutic relationship encourages thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, behaviours, and relational patterns to emerge into therapy sessions.

These emerging aspects of daily experience are often the difficult or overwhelming challenges for which therapy is sought. However, existing personal strengths, resilience, and resources will also emerge into sessions to be acknowledged and multiplied in the service of increasing wisdom, freedom, and happiness.

CLIENT-CENTRED AND HUMANISTIC

Irrespective of whether these aspects of experience emerge as identifiable, diagnosable mental health concerns, Morgan prefers to pursue a mutual understanding of how these experiences impact on the individual at this particular time, and in the context of their unique developmental, cultural, and social environments. Accordingly, interventions are inherently collaborative, tailored to the specific and unique circumstances of each individual, reflecting a Client-centred, or Humanistic approach.

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

In the context of this Client-centred approach to counseling and psychotherapy, Morgan has a commitment to utilising a broad range of empirically-validated treatments - interventions and techniques demonstrated as effective by contemporary scientific methods. Accordingly, shorter-term interventions are often informed by variations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The CBT utilised includes more traditional approaches, such as psycho-education, Schema-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, relaxation strategies, communication and social skills training, and Behavioural Analysis.

MINDFULNESS AND EXISTENTIAL THEMES

However, Morgan's approach to CBT is also influenced by his many years of experience, personal practice, and research into the principles and techniques of mindfulness-based practices and therapies. Mindfulness-based therapies include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Mindfulness-based interventions encourage the moment-to-moment acceptance of difficult thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. Sensitive exploration of these experiences will often reveal common themes emphasised in Existential Therapy, including: death, freedom and responsibility, meaning and purpose, and isolation. Exploration and acceptance of these often difficult aspects of experience allows space for the pursuit of committed, values-based, goal-directed actions, creating an increasingly satisfying, meaningful, and happy life.

INTERPERSONAL AND BRIEF SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPIES

Morgan also utilises Interpersonal Therapy (ITP) as an evidence-based intervention for depression, emphasising interpersonal themes of complicated bereavement, role disputes, role transitions, and interpersonal skills training. He has extensive experience with Brief Solution-Focused Therapies, identifying and developing the client's positive attributes and strengths to achieve a preferred future.

PSYCHODYNAMIC AND PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY

Morgan has a particular interest in the richness and depth of the many theories and practices which may be broadly described as psychodynamic or psychoanalytic, particularly those emphasising the relational, interpersonal, or intersubjective aspects of developmental and current experience. These theories have particular practical relevance for the emphasis Morgan places upon the interpersonal process of therapy, as that process evolves in the context of a therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.

This evolving interpersonal process provides the context, foundation, and content for both shorter-term, solution-focused interventions and longer-term therapy. Longer-term therapeutic engagement may be useful or required to prevent relapse in many psychological disorders. Further, longer-term approaches are also useful for the more profound characterological and personality change often sought by people with histories of complex or developmental trauma, personality disorders, and for those interested in pursuing therapy for personal growth and development.