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Information

Phone: 814-297-7079

Local Service Providers

Psychotherapy
Conditions
Autism
ADHD
Anxiety
Depression
Suicide
Helpful Techniques
1-2-3 Timeout
Comforting Others
EMDR
Positive Coaching
Mental Health for
Children
Youth
College Life
at Work
Older
Miscellaneous
Traditional Therapies
Glossary of Terms


Contact Info

Practice Location:
498 Greenville Pike
(By Clarion Office Equipment)
Clarion, PA 16214

Mailing Address:
1213 Chestnut St;
Clarion, PA 16214

drpkm@comcast.net

My Therapy Style

Patricia Morgan, Ph.D.

I provide services to individuals, children, adolescents, and adults by working with individuals, couples, families or groups.  I am skilled in treating persons who are challenged with family situations, relationship, and work difficulties.  For work on parenting, I rely on Dr. Thomas Gordon’s “Parent Effectiveness Training” program and Dr. Thomas Phelan’s “1-2-3 Magic.”   For Anger Management facilitation, I rely on the Anderson & Anderson Intervention model.  Although I was academically trained in Existential therapy, I use an eclectic approach for psychotherapy.

When appropriate, I rely on the client-centered techniques of active listening, empathic understanding, and unconditional positive regard.  This non-judgmental approach begins with the client’s description of experience and feelings.  I respond by reflective comments to mirror the thoughts expressed.  This process allows clients to look at their experiences from a more objective perspective and creates space for working through problems.  By keeping the focus on the feelings of my clients and my concern for sharing in their lived experiences, a collaborative relationship develops that becomes the basis for change.  

"Often we feel as if we are vessels played upon by circumstance, with little chance to shape our lives.  It doesn’t have to be that way!"  Don Morgan

I ask all individuals to describe what they want from therapy, and I remain mindful of their needs throughout their sessions.  I listen with great care and patience as you describe in detail what life looks like.  I will ask you to consider your purpose and what your life means.  Through our dialogue, I will understand what you want from psychotherapy, what is most important to you and where you want to go.  There is no right or wrong to feelings—they are what they are.  By getting the experience and feelings out in the open, one is then in a position to gain a new perspective.  Together we analyze situations objectively.  My unique approach facilitates symptom reduction and encourages a deep definition of one’s life purpose.

"I respect individuals and find it easy to foster deep trust through non-judgmental listening."  Patricia Morgan

Studies on the subject suggest that it is rare for a friend or relative to listen for more than 20 minutes without shifting the focus to their own agenda.  I provide a safe outside perspective for you.  The therapeutic relationship is a precious gift to the therapist as well as the client.  Research has repeatedly shown that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client has more to do with the outcome than the specific type of therapy used by the therapist.  As our sessions progress, I will assist you to explore conditions and causes that gave rise to situations and help you see your potential for change.

“I am nonjudgmental and believe that therapy is a sacred work.  I practice my profession with a reverence founded on trust and deep listening.”

As we become aware of how we consistently create meanings and make choices, we develop a liberating awareness of life as it can be: not chronic recurrences, but a dynamic flux of contingencies. We actively reconstruct meaning, we learn to accept what we can’t change and use obstacles to gain wisdom.  We work together to reconstruct experience and open the door to expanding possibilities.

Everyone who seeks therapy wants to change his or her situation.  I’ve been blessed by successfully treating persons with relationship adjustments in all life stages, from childhood through mature adulthood. I’ve been able to help people with symptoms of mental illness without the use of drugs.  I believe that individuals have the where-with-all to solve their own problems.  I become the catalyst for that change.  As my clients learn to accept what cannot be changed, and work on that which they have the power to change, they gain independence.  With each client, my goal is to work myself out of a job.

Although eclectic, my work is mostly within the “Humanistic Model.”  Insurance companies require claim reports to be written in terms of the “Medical Model.”  Insurance forms refer to clients as patients.  Patients are considered “unwell” and must be diagnosed according to classifications in the DSM-IV.  Then, through the intervention of psychologists, the patients are restored to health.

"I help clients see overlooked options and discover their inner power.  As partners, the client assumes the major responsibility for change. "

Patricia Morgan, Ph.D.

 
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