We recently caught up with Donna Morgan, a women’s health expert and counsellor. We learnt more about her therapist experience including her journey into counselling and complementary health, and what you can expect as one of her patients.
1. Can you tell me about your journey into counselling and complementary health?
As a women’s health expert and Humanistic counsellor professional, my journey into complementary health has been driven by a passion for empowering individuals to overcome their challenges and lead fulfilling lives. l explore the benefits of complementary therapies, address common misconceptions, provide advice for those interested in exploring these options and shed light on my approach to appointments and series of appointments with patients.
My foray into complementary health has been a culmination of over 25 years of experience in counselling, specialising in a range of mental health challenges. I have honed my skills in various evidence-based therapies, including Thought Field Therapy (TFT) Tapping Technique, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness. These approaches have proven to be powerful tools in transforming negative thought patterns, addressing emotional distress and fostering personal growth.
2. How would you explain the benefits of complementary health to someone unfamiliar with it?
Explaining the benefits of complementary therapies to those unfamiliar with them requires highlighting their potential impact on mental, emotional and physical well-being. Through techniques like TFT Tapping, individuals can learn to reframe their negative emotions, reducing anxiety and stress. CBT equips individuals with practical strategies to challenge and modify unhelpful thought patterns. EMDR helps process traumatic experiences and reduces their emotional impact. Mindfulness cultivates present-moment awareness, enabling individuals to manage stress and enhance overall resilience. By combining these therapies, we create a holistic approach that supports personal growth and emotional well-being.
3. What do you wish more people knew about complementary health? What is the biggest misconception?
One misconception about complementary therapies is that they are solely based on pseudoscience or lack evidence. However, the therapies I employ are firmly grounded in scientific research and have been validated through numerous studies. They have shown efficacy in treating various mental health conditions and improving overall well-being. Another misconception is that these therapies are incompatible with traditional medical treatments. On the contrary, complementary therapies can be integrated with conventional approaches to provide a comprehensive and personalised treatment plan.
4. What advice do you have for individuals interested in exploring complementary health options for their own wellness?
For individuals interested in exploring complementary health options for their wellness, I offer the following advice:
a) Research and Educate Yourself: Take the time to understand different therapies, their evidence base and potential benefits. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions.
b) Seek Professional Guidance: Consult with qualified practitioners who specialise in complementary health. They can provide personalised guidance tailored to your specific needs and goals.
c) Collaboration with Healthcare Providers: Maintain open communication with your healthcare providers to ensure a coordinated approach to your well-being. Integrating complementary therapies into your existing treatment plan can enhance its effectiveness.
d) Patience and Consistency: Complementary therapies often require time and consistent practice to yield results. Embrace patience and commit to the process, as it can lead to significant positive changes.
5. How do you approach appointments with your patients?
In my practice, I prioritise creating a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to share their challenges and explore their emotions. Each appointment is tailored to the unique needs and goals of the patient. I strive to maintain a balance between professionalism and approachability, fostering an environment where clients feel comfortable and empowered. Confidentiality is paramount, ensuring that individuals can trust the therapeutic process.
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