Morgan Shingle, LMSW
Supervised by Arlene Montgomery, LCSW
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” Pema Chodron
Hello and welcome.
Perhaps you know why you are seeking therapy or maybe you’re not sure, but something just does not feel right. No matter why you have landed here, you are welcome and worthy of the support you are looking for. Speaking from personal experience, finding a therapist who you feel comfortable being yourself with is of the utmost importance. When I first started going to therapy, sitting down and facing myself felt incredibly vulnerable, but was made easier through the support of my therapist who was accepting, validating, and emotionally present. It is my hope to offer these qualities to you as well.
My clinical orientation is eclectic. I use psychoanalytic theory for case conceptualization and often utilize principles from systems theory, feminist psychology, ecopsychology and depth psychology. I often enjoy discussing attachment theory and neurobiology with my clients, but also, and arguably more importantly, I will give you skills so that you can utilize the implications of these theories in your life. I also draw on my background as a Yoga teacher. Both modern trauma research and ancient wisdom traditions, such as Buddhism, see the mind and the body to be interwoven, so I often utilize mindfulness and a holistic treatment approach. Through the lens of Social Work, I am passionate about issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusivity.
I take the approach of “starting where [we] are” (Pema Chodron), meaning that I encourage clients to embrace this moment exactly as it is while also striving for change. I am relational, nurturing, and direct. In my work with clients, the therapeutic relationship is the primary vehicle for change and so I promise to show up authentically. I am also a firm believer in using humor when appropriate because life feels stagnant without it.
Areas I particularly enjoy working with are: trauma, anxiety, relationship insecurity, personality and mood disorders, family of origin issues, body image concerns, grief, and communication problems. I have a strong background supporting clients through various addictions and recovery and consider this my specialty. I especially love working with young adults and have a lot of experience in this area.
On a personal note, I believe that every person has an inner light and truth that can be tapped into with practice and intention. You are the expert in your life and my role is to provide you with resources to help you access that inner wisdom. My therapeutic lens is also reinforced by my belief that we are all more similar than we are different. I feel deeply moved by the therapeutic work I get to experience every day; seeing other people on a deep level and being a part of their growth is meaningful and motivating.
I obtained my Bachelors in Psychology in 2014 from San Francisco State University and my Masters in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas. In my free time, I enjoy watercolor painting, reading, being outside and active, and pretending that my cat loves me as much as I love her.
If any of this resonates with or intrigues you, please reach out. You do not have to do this alone. I look forward to meeting you where you are.
Area of Expertise
Family of Origin Issues, Self-Acceptance, Healthy Boundaries
Attachment Theory, Neurobiology, Mindfulness
Person-Centered, Integrative, Long-term Healing
Techniques & Experience
Arlene Montgomery, Ph.D., LCSW
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 3.104A
Austin, TX 78712-0358