Esther Morch is an Anxiety UK approved therapist who specialises in using CBT to help people with anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression. She is based in Manchester but helps clients all over the UK during face-to-face, telephone and Skype therapy sessions.
Can you tell us a bit about your career so far?
I spent my early career in social care supporting adults with learning disabilities. Whilst in this role I gained my psychology degree part-time.
I continued in social care and eventually trained to be a social worker then trained in CBT. It had helped me with my own mood and anxieties and I felt almost evangelical about it!
I now work part-time in a pain management team and part-time in private practice, which includes my work for Anxiety UK.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I absolutely love what I do! I enjoy being able to make connections with people. Often when people start therapy they’ve never had someone just listen to them – really listen. Having your experience of emotional (or physical) pain validated can be so important for people. I support people to identify what they value in life and then we build a therapeutic relationship within which they can find what works for them (and what doesn’t). CBT can be so powerful for many people and it is enormously satisfying to see people making progress.
What inspires you in your career?
Throughout my training and in my working roles I’ve met some truly awesome practitioners. Watching people who excel in their work and who make such a positive difference to people’s lives is an enormous inspiration.
How useful is CBT in the treatment of anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression?
In my experience (and in the evidence base) CBT is extremely useful. CBT and mindfulness together can become even more powerful in helping people reduce their emotional distress.
How did you get involved as an approved Anxiety UK therapist?
I heard about Anxiety UK through a friend when I was looking for a training placement. I love that Anxiety UK provide affordable and accessible therapy, usually much quicker than people are able to access support through their GP. Being an approved therapist has been a fantastic opportunity for me to gain experience working flexibly from home.
For more details about our Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme see here https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership/therapists-at-anxiety-uk/