I grew up in Utah; attending Weber State University with a Double Major Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology. I then went on to earn a Masters degree and Doctoral degree in Sociological Social Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Following my doctoral degree, I returned with my family to Utah.
To continue developing my clinical practice, I obtained a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Utah, pursuing primary interests in mental health counseling, including the psychology of relationships. I focus my clinical practice on existential psychotherapy; in other words, I am here to help as you do the work to find meaning in your life. These moments of searching often go along with a transition you are going through. Things like grief/loss, a faith crisis, changes in a relationship or career often coincide with a loss of meaning.
I will work with you as we explore creating a life centered around your purpose/values; helping you through this moment of struggle.
When I’m not seeing clients, I work as a professor and researcher. I’m also a bit of a “home-body,” loving the time I get to share with my spouse of 20+ years and four children. I also enjoy mountain biking, golfing, traveling, attending music events, and eating great food.
You’re the expert on your life. I’m simply walking along side of you. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my own journey, it’s that our ability to handle things mentally affects how far we will go.
I work 1 on 1 with clients here in Utah to:
- Find that elusive balance between honoring your values while accomplishing your goals and having time for relationships and friends.
- Learn to separate your success and failures from your sense of self-worth.
- Learn healthy ways to make decisions for your life that are not impacted by childhood trauma, people pleasing, perfectionism, or by overwhelming thoughts and emotions.
As a therapist, I specialize in helping people during moments of life-transition / existential crisis (e.g., identity transitions, loss of faith, relationship struggles, health challenges, grief/loss, career changes, finding meaning, feeling lonely, hopelessness). We work together to identify your core values and then create a plan to commit to moving toward those values. We also work on opening in acceptance to experience(s). A primary tool to accomplish this is creating a new relationship with your thoughts, (re)discovering the power of the present moment through that part of you that is always unchanging and aware (sometimes we call this consciousness/awareness). Mindfulness and meditation are the primary tools to unlocking this new relationship with yourself.
Message from Dr. Morris:
For awhile now you have felt like something is “off,” that something in your life you used to count on is missing. It’s terrifying to feel like the sense of who you are is now fundamentally different or even gone. Maybe there was a distinct moment or maybe it was more gradual, but you are now in a place that feels unfamiliar. Whatever your journey has been to get to this moment you’ve decided it’s not something you can continue ignoring. You want nothing more than to reclaim a sense of identity and purpose; a sense of control, to transition through your—health, faith, identity, relationship, and/or work transition—on your own terms.
If you want to navigate through the current moment and come out on the other side with renewed purpose and meaning, trust that you can get there! If you want to find a sense of comfort and confidence in your own skin, free to grow without feeling suffocated by all of the expectations around you, the anxiety, the feelings of loneliness. Take the first step.
With support and guidance you can get there! For more than fifteen years, I’ve occupied a number of roles allowing me to work with people going through life changing transitions and/or existential crises. Clients who work with me appreciate my upfront and open approach.R.C. Morris, Quote taken from Psychology Today Profile