Susan Morgan Psychotherapy
Dip Psych. Mbacp
Susan Morgan Psychotherapy is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and is based in Battersea, SW11 and Richmond, TW9
Becoming a psychotherapist was a long held ambition of mine, and although I came to the profession later on in life, I found that the experience that I gained from working in other fields where I was involved supporting others, along with my own life experience, gave me the perfect foundation on which to base my psychotherapy practice, and helped me establish my own unique style of treatment. My own personal and working lives have supplied me with all the tools I need to understand, empathise with, and help those who are facing their own personal challenges, from making and implementing key life choices to dealing with bereavement.
I, like many others, have faced my own challenges in life. After weighing up my options, I chose to seek the help of a therapist, and it helped me turn things around. This was not a decision I took lightly, and – as it often does – it took things getting worse for me to make the right decision and to start the healing process by asking for help.
Over fifteen years ago, I faced a life crisis: I was stuck in an acrimonious relationship and recognised that I had a drinking problem. Although it took me a while to come to terms with it, I eventually found the courage to ask for help: I realised that despite my strong will and independent spirit, I simply couldn’t work it out on my own. In fact, my stubborn insistence on trying to fix things alone was simply exacerbating the problem. I immediately found that speaking to someone who was both impartial and non-judgmental allowed me to get a better understanding of my issues.
I was flat out in denial. Because I was able to function day-to-day, and to rationalise my behavior, my pain remained. It was only when I started psychotherapy that I could truly accept my situation for what it was. My psychotherapist helped me see the reality of my situation: I was spiraling out of control, and if I had continued I would have lost even more, including my home. Psychotherapy helped me admit, and come to terms with, my problem, and then helped me heal and take my life in a more positive direction. I have remained sober ever since.
Any good therapist will tell you that confronting and fixing life’s issues is neither easy nor instant. Positive, lasting change requires consistency, commitment, and compassion. The therapist’s role is to guide you through the process, and to help you establish what your individual specific needs are. Sometimes the act of acceptance is all that is needed to bring peace. Other times it may require more in depth discussion and planning, especially when major life decisions are involved. The one constant is this: everyone deserves to feel better.
Successful therapy depends on a relationship based on mutual trust and honesty. The therapist’s room is a safe space, where clients can rediscover themselves by working through their issues. It is my objective to help clients realise that they already have the necessary resources within them to begin to deal with their problems. Everyone does. Often the first few sessions are all it takes for clients to find their confidence and be ready to begin implementing positive change in their lives.
Outside of my office, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love to eat and to try different types of food. Wellness is a key part of my life: I keep myself fit and have a keen interest in exercise and nutrition. I practice meditation – I find it’s a fantastic way for me to deal with the challenges and pressures of day-to-day life. I’ve also become a podcast fanatic, as I think they are a great way to keep up with what’s happening in the world, as well as being a source of new ideas and inspiration.