Posted on September 1, 2016 by Laura Fuller
Morgan Anderson, MS – Primary Intensive Outpatient Counselor
Morgan is a native of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She graduated from Rollins College in 2009 with a major in psychology and a minor in communications. She then went on to receive a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to her current role, during her six years at Hanley Center Morgan has worked in a number of areas including part time Recovery Advocate; Admissions Receptionist; Family Coordinator; and Family Counselor.
What brought you to Origins?
I started at Hanley Center as a volunteer in September 2010. A family member had suggested I volunteer at a treatment center before going to graduate school so I could be sure mental health was the field I wanted to be in. Hanley was recognized as one of the leaders in the treatment field, and I knew I would get the best experience learning from their clinical team.
If there were only one thing you could tell us about working in the area of treatment, what would it be?
Intensive Outpatient is often seen as the last step before transitioning out of treatment. I prefer to look at it as the first step back into life as a recovered individual. Clients have been stabilized and hopefully have become open to the gift of recovery, which will help them live a healthy life outside of a structured treatment environment. The challenge of applying all the skills and knowledge that have been gained during residential treatment can be more difficult than people anticipate, and that is where Intensive Outpatient (IOP) comes in. The group process is even more important at this level of care because that is where clients are getting the most support. Being a part of their recovery process and facilitating peer support via powerful group experiences are two of my favorite aspects of my job.
What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?
I have learned the importance of self-care. The field of substance abuse treatment can be emotionally and physically taxing, and I know that if I am not taking care of myself then I cannot be available or able to support others in navigating their recovery.
Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?
I have a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, and I am currently working towards licensure.
Are you in recovery yourself? If so, what do you love most about being in recovery?
I am not in recovery from substance abuse, but I am active in my recovery from an eating disorder. Through my recovery, I have found an inner peace and ability to be more present in my life and available to those around me.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies?
In my spare time I enjoy being with my husband and our dog, Eloise. I also like playing tennis and taking advantage of the Florida weather by being out on the water.
Is there anything else you might like to share?
One of the areas of my life that I am most passionate about is being able to give back to the community of Martha’s Vineyard. It is a beautiful place with an incredible community, but there is also limited access to addiction treatment and support, which is extremely needed there. One day I hope to utilize my experience at Hanley Center and be of service to those in the Vineyard community.
For more information regarding the many programs of Origins Behavioral HealthCare where Morgan Anderson works, please visit: www.originsrecovery.com.