Matthew Morse, LMHC

New York City NY
Talk therapy (psychotherapy) is an ancient wisdom tradition that begins and ends in the client-therapist alliance. It involves mutual trust and warmth and a lot of curiosity and validation on the part of the therapist. The client is prioritized. Some of the great takeaways that you might experience through therapy include: A deeper and more precise emotional intelligence An understanding of your dominant attachment style Insight into your go-to adaptive/defense mechanisms...both positive and negative More resilient interpersonal skills Physical and emotional stress reduction An over-all deeper feeling of being at home in the world
I was born in 1962 and grew up in suburban St. Louis, MO (ages 1-13) and Tacoma, WA (ages 13-18). I spent a lot of my teenage years cycling on the open roads of Washington State. As an undergraduate, I studied the philosophy and some Ancient Greek at St. John's college in Annapolis, MD. From 1986-87, I studied poetry under Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Philip Whalen, Clark Coolidge and the disembodied spirits of Jack Kerouac and Ted Berrigan at Naropa University. I love the arts, and consider myself an accomplished amateur poet. In 1987, I travelled to Nepal and India to study and practice Vajrayana Buddhism (Nyingmapa). My main teachers have been Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Since 1988, I've been engaged in Tibetan Buddhist psychology and the practices of the body, speech and these deeply inform my therapeutic view. But, I'm also partial to Psychodynamic exploration, Existential psychology and even CBT. I've lived in NYC since 1994, and I worked in the magazine and luxury goods industry for about 20 years. I've been married for 27 years and have two adult daughters. In 2015-16, I trained as an Interfaith chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital and then I worked for nearly six years in end-of-life care at Calvary Home Hospice. In 2016, I volunteered as a test subject for a research study at Johns Hopkins University on the effect(s) of psilocybin on long-term meditators. I picked up an MA degree and a license to practice psychotherapy (LMHC) along the way...and here I am!
I offer ongoing psychedelic integration to adult individuals. I'm all about helping a person to develop and/or deepen a daily wisdom practice of the body, speech and mind so that they can reveal their natural warmheartedness and clear-light mind more and more effortlessly. I'm also a big proponent of making art works as an exercise in meaning-making, beauty and surprise/awe. I like to write poetry...but I celebrate all creative mediums and activities. My rate is $200 per session out of network, but I offer a sliding scale for "starving" artists. Please feel free to contact me if you feel that I might be the right therapist for you.