Dr Morwenna Opie

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • CBT Therapist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • HPC registered
  • DipClinPsych
  • CPsychol
  • CBT Therapist
  • BABCP Accredited
  • PhD
  • MA(Cantab)
  • AFBPsS

My professional experience:

After beginning training as a therapist while doing my PhD in the UK, I completed my Clinical Psychology training in New Zealand. In the last 10 years I have been a registered practitioner in both the public and private systems in both countries; in community, outpatient and inpatient settings. While I principally work with adults and young people on a one-to-one basis, I have also enjoy leading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment groups, training and running workshops. I principally work with anxiety, trauma, mood disorders and co-morbid difficulties. I have particular experience working with complex-OCD presentations and PTSD. I am especially interested in post-natal difficulties, fertility issues and in supporting patients with life-limiting health conditions to optimise their outcome. I feel passionately about the inseparability of physical and mental health, and working closely with health-professionals to ensure genuinely integrated holistic care, and to develop optimal patient pathways. I remain a registered Clinical Psychologist with the HPC (Health Professionals Council) and undertake the ongoing clinical supervision and training required to maintain that status.

My personal statement:

My early-training was in CBT, and I predominately work therapeutically from this evidence based therapeutic paradigm. With my patients agreement I generally like to incorporate Mindfulness based CBT, and DBT approaches into my practise as appropriate following a CBT-based collaborative case conceptualisation and treatment plan. My PhD being in attachment and the importance of the early-years, this naturally informs my approach. More recently I have focused my on-going professional development in developing skills in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which I find very effective in helping patients who are experiencing life situations, compromised health, and traumas which are objectively very difficult to adjust to. I continue to enjoy my work and the variety of people, with their diverse experiences, who cross my path as a result. It is a real privilege to be allowed such access into a client’s life and inner world, and an even greater one to assist them to be self-accepting, self-compassionate and through that committed to making long-lasting life enhancing changes. I find I am always enriched by that shared therapeutic experience. I aim to create a relaxed, safe and genuine relationship with my clients to enable them to live optimally. Outside of work I enjoy friends and family time, walking my dog and chasing my children in the parks, healthy-wholesome cooking, escaping to my native Cornwall, seeking out sunshine, keeping fit, practicing yoga and meditation, community engagement – and just occasionally flaking out on the sofa with a box-set or movie!

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

My PhD was in attachment and emotional development and regulation, and I published in this area when based at UCL. When studying at Cambridge my research interests were predominately in depression, anxiety, and in autism and attention. More recently my specialism has gravitated towards maximising psychological health in the context of compromised physical health, and the inseparability of physical and mental health, I have published and lectured internationally to patient groups and health professionals on this topic of special interest to me, as well as supporting charities dedicated to supporting patients and being a trustee of the charity PoTS UK (www.potsuk.org).