Life is organized by a series of daring ventures from a secure base.
— John Bowlby

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About Morgan

Morgan Johnson, MA is an LPC Intern supervised by Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT at Luminary Counseling, PLLC in Austin, Texas. She received a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University (2010), and completed a MA in Counseling at St. Edward's University (2013). Morgan brings a fun, engaging energy to her work. She is trained in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) with a focus on intimacy and building trust between partners. Clients appreciate her inviting, experiential style of helping couples discover new possibilities. Morgan is available for relationship counseling, private retreats, workshops, relationship consultation, and dating coaching for individuals.


There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.
— Adrienne Rich

office hours 

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 7PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Inquire for weekend availability. 
 

Connect 

Luminary Counseling

Psychology Today Profile  

Email

General Inquiries:
morgan@heartandscience.net




call 

(512) 522-9215

Supervisor Contact Information: 
Jennifer Buffalo, LPC-S, LMFT
LuminaryCounseling.com    


What i believe

Bonding Science, informed by Attachment Theory and disciplines like Interpersonal Neurobiology, has lead me to believe humans are wired to explore, grow, and heal through loving connection and emotionally attuned co-regulation. Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, points out that we are "bonding mammals;" we evolved a profound need for a safe haven and secure base with trusted others. Learn more.

I view my role as supporting clients to tap into this innate human capacity for balance, healing, and transformation, and to understand and address any barriers or blocks that might be getting in the way of or limiting their natural abilities to trust, nurture each other, and connect intimately.

Relationship is a constant, ongoing process of connection, disconnection, and reconnection, according to Dr. Jean Baker Miller, founder of Relational-Cultural Therapy. Counseling frequently fails when practitioners try to just teach communication skills training and attempt to problem-solve unsolvable problems without supporting clients to stay close during this inevitable relational cycle.

I see conflict as natural and health-promoting if no one is being harmed, so we don't waste time trying to prevent disconnection in counseling work; instead, we prioritize strengthening partners' abilities to make emotional repairs and reconnect. I don't believe couples should stay in therapy forever; if I've done my job the way I intend, clients tune into their innate abilities to bond and nurture each other, achieve their goals, and then ultimately find me no longer necessary.

 
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So what does it take to be a good therapist? First of all, you must love doing therapy. You must believe in your own creative power to put things together with vision and insight. You must have confidence in your understanding of people involved. You must love the drama and be fascinated with the sudden revelations that bring enormous changes. You must stand for truth and be able to question everything, down to everyone’s secret motives. You must love humanity and be willing to empathise with all those who suffer, to get inside their skin and see the world through their eyes. You must dream and follow your imagination wherever it leads. You must love humour for it restores balance. You must delight in language and all it’s nuances. You must be sensitive to life’s contradictions and always suspicious that things aren’t always what they seem. You must be brave and audacious, and tolerate ridicule. And most of all, you must be brave enough to provide the spark that bridges the gap between limitations and possibilities, knowing that there’s a great deal to human beings, so a great deal can be made out of them. They don’t have to stay the way they are now and we don’t have to see them only as they are now, but also, as they might become.
— Cloe Madanes, The Therapist as Humanist, Social Activist, and Systemic Thinker

Privacy Notice

Electronic communication such as email and text messaging may not be a HIPAA compliant secure and confidential means of communication and its use may compromise privacy and diminish service effectiveness. Please consider refraining from use of email and text to communicate confidential or sensitive information. Email and text messaging is only permissible as a means to answer scheduling or administrative queries, but not appropriate for any other clinical issues as the responder may not receive your message in a timely manner. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or: 

ATX 24-HR Crisis Hotline:
(512) 472-4357
Shoal Creek Psychiatric Hospital:
(512) 452-0361
St. David’s Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital:
(512) 867-5800
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1 (800) 799-7233
ATX 24-HR SAFEline (abuse/domestic violence):
(512) 267-7233
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 
1 (800) 273-8255
LGBT Trevor Project Lifeline:
1 (866) 488-7386
National Sexual Assault Hotline:
1 (800) 656-4673
Crisis Text Line:
Text “HOME” to 741741