Counseling is an odd profession. We’re in the realm of first responders – though usually not in such a dramatic fashion. Like the firefighter who runs towards the fire or the policeman who stands between the public and danger, many counselors are those who have come through their torture – and head back in to try to help others through the darkness. For me, I can think of three events that were instrumental in making the decision to be a counselor.
ADHD Seminar One of the defining moments was when I was working as a teacher. I remember sitting in a continuing education meeting doodling
Parents’ Divorce The second moment came decades before that – when I was a student myself. My parents divorced when I was 11 – something not as common in the 80’s. During this time, I felt discouraged and angry. I didn’t feel okay about things. My therapy at that time was limited – just a few sessions at a support group in the school – but I learned that it was okay to not be okay
A New Arrival Lastly, one of the things that changed me the most was the very unexpected arrival of my son eight years ago. I had been married for 13 years before that – and life was pretty good. We had our rhythm and things were status quo. We had been told that we could not have kids and we even adjusted to that. But when my tiny human arrived, suddenly I realized that I had to step it up. I had to be a better person because my son deserved to have the best upbringing possible.
When you come to me for counseling, this is what goes on in my head. I have compassion because I know that people have walked through difficult circumstances or because they hurt from the way life kicks us around. I have trained because I want to be able to help people the best way I can. And I know sometimes the best way to help is to walk with someone and let them know it’s okay to not be okay.
Matthew E. Morgan
I know sometimes the best way to help is to walk with someone and let them know it’s okay to not be okay.
Matthew E. Morgan, MA, LPCC
Owner / TherapistMatthew is the owner and founder of Covenant Family Wellness. He’s a counselor, a licensed minister, and a coffee connoisseur – and has spent his life working to help families come together, whether through education, ministry, or therapy.