We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Goulet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I have always been very driven and somewhat of a perfectionist which translated to me working long hours and at times feeling consumed by my work. Early in my career I justified this by telling myself I was helping others, so the harder I worked the better it would be for them! After a few years working full time as a therapist I began to recognize that this was not at all the case. In order to be fully present for my clients I needed to be fully present with myself and my loved ones outside of work. I began to implement boundaries like not checking my email after a certain time, not working on weekends unless absolutely necessary, and most importantly being present in what I was doing outside of work. Over time I began to see the benefit of taking this time for myself. Not only did I feel less stressed and more excited to work, but my clients appeared to benefit as well! A work life balance looks different for everyone and may look different at various stages of your life, but it’s important to have balance however that looks. Without it you’ll end up feeling burnt out and unhappy not just at work but outside of work.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I knew I wanted to work in the field of mental health from the age of 16 and my career thus far has been more than I could have imagined at that age. After the death of my father I attended therapy and despite not being the easiest client myself, decided that was what I wanted to do. Throughout my educational career I struggled with anxiety and depression and while attending graduate school both became almost debilitating. After reaching what felt like a breaking point I returned to therapy and gradually began making progress and feeling more like myself. After graduating with my Masters in Counseling, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy I worked at several agencies as an in-home counselor, community based clinician, and as a residential therapist working with teens struggling with substance abuse and mental health diagnosis. These roles were each challenging their own ways and I often doubted myself and if I was truly making an impact on the children and families I worked with. One of the more difficult things about being a therapist is that you don’t always get to see the impact your work with someone may have had, but the times when you do get to witness it make the journey worth it.
My work over the last several years has led to me now working as a Clinical Trainer for the Southern California region of a non-profit focused on mental health and substance abuse treatment. In this role I develop curriculum and train staff at all levels on various Evidence Based Practices, counseling techniques, trauma informed care approaches, and law and ethics, among other topics. I truly love teaching and training others, but once starting this role I realized how important my direct work with clients was to me which led me to start my private practice. When I started my practice I had very little knowledge about any of the other business aspects, I just knew I wanted to continue helping people. Over the last year I have learned many lessons and grown as not just a therapist but a business woman. I’ve spent hours researching various marketing strategies, talking to other professionals, and learning how to manage my practice while still continuing the work I love as a Clinical Trainer. I still have much to learn, but I am proud of the progress I’ve made and can’t wait to see what I am in another five years!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I absolutely love hiking and there are so many amazing trails in and around LA, so my first stop would be to go hiking in the Angeles National forest or a trail out near Malibu. After the hike we’d hit up Guisados for some amazing tacos, the handmade tortillas are SO good. Next stop would be the beach! The beach is my happy place and I’ll take any opportunity to spend time there. I prefer to go to the Will Rogers beach or to the Malibu area because they tend to be less crowded. Then to end the day we’d go downtown and go to a few breweries like Modern Times and Angel City and then end the night at Perch with an amazing view of the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I can’t discuss my success without giving recognition to my Mom. Growing up she was my model for hard work, both professionally and as a parent. She was the primary source of income in our household, excelled throughout her career and still managed to give her all to her family once she was home. She encouraged me from a young age to go after what I want and to not give up. My Dad passed away when I was 16 and my Mom took on the role of a single parent. She continued to be my rock and put me first despite her own grief. She has been my constant motivator and cheerleader whether it was playing sports, studying for a big test, or pursuing my career as a therapist. She has always believed in me and pushed me to believe in myself. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her love.
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