empowering your path to wellness.
Intuitive Feeler, Hope Holder, Wound Healer, Compassion Warrior, Growth Guide
Areas of expertise.
Trauma, Dual Diagnosis, Substance Use, Crisis Stabilization, Attachment Injuries, Life Transitions, Authenticity, Anxiety, Depression, Self-compassion, Self-care, Neurodiversity
Eclectic, Attachment Theory, Trauma-Informed, Strength-based, and Person-Centered approach rooted in Neuroscience and Attachment Theory with underlying foundation in REBT theory
To be a therapist has been the biggest honor of my life. I am passionate about meeting my clients exactly where they are and providing a safe space for the walls to come down. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable can be a scary thing, especially when we carry wounds from the past. Holding space for that pain is a duty I hold sacred. What I want my clients to know first and foremost is that they are in charge when they step in my office. While I am committed to compassionately challenging my clients in ways that will help them grow, my first priority is for you to know that this is a place where your boundaries will be respected so you can feel safe to explore the hard stuff. My goal is to help you feel empowered as you face one of the most beautiful but challenging processes in life: healing. And know you won't have to face it alone.
My approach is integrative and adaptive in nature. Being "cookie-cutter" tends to not work well unless one works with cookies, and this is especially true when it comes to therapy. Every person's story is uniquely their own, so what you need from therapy will be just as unique. I blend concepts from various theories including Attachment Theory, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Transactional Analysis, and Person-Centered Therapy. I often blend neuroscience into my approach to help demystify distressing reactions or patterns you may feel stuck in while encouraging you to integrate new insights with self-compassion. I believe that we are all wired for healing, but sometimes we just need a safe place to explore our inner world and tap into our own inner wisdom.
I pledge to create a compassionate, consistent, and non-judgmental space dedicated to you so no matter how messy or difficult life feels, you can find comfort in knowing that this is a place where the focus gets to be on you. What a great gift to give yourself.
Pain is just a traveling professor. When pain knocks on the door — wise ones breathe deep and say, ‘Come in. Sit down with me. And don’t leave until you’ve taught me what I need to know.
Claire Morrison LPC
Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center
Norm Challenger, Dog Whisperer, Life-long Learner, Balance Seeker, Bad Dancer, Research Master
As someone who has sat in the other seat, counseling is more to me than just my profession. I've lived the experience of carrying pain and trauma from the past while feeling stuck in survival mode. The decision to commit to my healing process and allow my pain the space to be felt was absolutely life-changing. With the support of a few kind souls along my journey, I learned to explore my vulnerabilities with compassionate curiosity rather than judgment. I decided to end the war I had been waging within myself for so long and instead became friends with the parts of myself that I once didn’t understand. I now embrace feeling the world around me very deeply because that's who I am, and I give myself permission to be "unapologetically" me.
I tend to view life as a grand adventure, one in which I hope to never stop learning and growing. I know what matters to me and strive for congruence in my life. I believe that setting boundaries is one of our best tools for creating this congruence and protecting our inner peace. I value honesty, both with others and within oneself, and feel this is essential in establishing trust. I am also an advocate that we can hold ourselves accountable even when it's hard without having to sacrifice self-compassion. Within our counseling relationship, I hope to support you in leaning into the discomfort as you discover the gift of exploring your pain without judgment. We can work together to discover your most authentic self, what is most important for you, and real measurable ways to see this change manifest in your life outside our sessions.
I have a very free inner child these days and hope to always keep my sense of wonder. Laughter is the thing I love most. Whether it's enjoying the warmth of another's laugh, cracking up over a bad pun, or having the tendency to laugh when things don’t go according to plan, I love this simple but powerful human experience. I'm a country girl at my roots and carry with me many lessons from my days in the saddle. Animals have a lot they can teach us about life when we are willing to listen. I love camping, hiking, sci-fi, video games, thrift shopping, oldies music, and all things Halloween. I can't seem to stop adding things to my watch list even though I watch Parks & Rec and Bob's Burgers on repeat. “Feel the fear and do it anyway” is a quote that changed my life and has led to some really awesome experiences so far…including skydiving and swimming with sharks! Who knows what’s next?
Claire is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of West Virginia and a National Certified Counselor. She holds a Master’s of Art degree in Counseling from West Virginia University with a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. Claire has had experience working in multiple inpatient settings with a focus on Dual Diagnosis. She has experience with individual, group, and family therapy. She is an advocate for trauma-informed care and believes this is the key to seeing below the surface to create lasting change and wellness. Claire is a member of several professional organizations including the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Brainspotting Phase I Trained