Leigh Morgan – BSc (Psych) (Hons), MPsych (Clin), MAPS CClin
I am a clinical psychologist and I have worked with children, adolescents and their families for more than 10 years. My thesis was on the nature of anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders.
I began my practical training at University when they were calling for volunteers to train to work with children with autism and Asperger syndrome. One hundred and twenty five people attended and after the demonstration only seven of us signed up. What I experienced that day became a part of the direction I wanted my pathway to follow.
After completing my degree, I worked in a variety of positions, including an autism traineeship in the United States where I had extra training in behaviour management; in government organisations and educational settings within Australia. I quickly found that families and school teachers are immensely important in enabling the child or adolescent to grow and achieve.
I have found Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to be immensely effective with children and adults alike. I have undertaken additional training and focused supervision in CBT to further develop my skills. As such, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) forms the foundation of my psychology practice which includes behaviour management and parenting, anxiety and depression, adjustment difficulties and perinatal mental health, as well as autism spectrum disorders.