Morgan Johnson, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 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) and Gottman Method Couples Therapy, with a focus on intimacy and building trust between partners. Clients appreciate her direct, experiential style of helping relationships discover new possibilities. Morgan is available for relationship counseling (including premarital!), trust recovery intensives, and private retreats and workshops. While Morgan primarily serves partners, she also supports empathic individuals experiencing burnout, men who get stuck “in their head” when partners want emotional connection, and hurt partners struggling to regain trust after a painful relational norm violation, like an affair.
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.
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 are 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:
Shoal Creek Psychiatric Hospital:
St. David’s Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1 (800) 799-7233
ATX 24-HR SAFEline (abuse/domestic violence):
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