Every month we delve into the life and work of a different therapist. We ask everyone the same 10 questions about everything from the biggest myth about therapy to their best advice for living a meaningful life. Clinicians also reveal what they love about working with clients, if they’d take the same professional path today and how they personally cope with stress — and a whole lot more.
This month we’re pleased to present our interview with Liz Morrison, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker with a psychotherapy practice in New York City. In her practice Morrison works with children, adolescents and their families, as well as emerging adults. In addition, she conducts a regular workshop for therapists on private practice development.
Morrison obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, as well as a Master’s Certificate from New York University in Child and Family Therapy. In her work with children and families, she specializes in behavior disorders, ADHD, anxiety, self-esteem issues and social skills. She also specializes in anxiety disorders, relationship issues and life transitions in her work with adults.
1. What’s surprised you the most about being a therapist?
Since I primarily work with children and teenagers in my practice, my biggest surprise has been how interested they are in coming to therapy. More often than not, the source of the parent’s inquiry is that the child has asked for help. When a child or teen is asking for the help, they are immediately more invested in their progress. They are more open-minded about trying new things in therapy. This creates a positive therapy experience and leads to better results.
2. What’s the latest and greatest book you’ve read related to mental health, psychology or psychotherapy?
The latest and greatest book I have read related to mental health is called Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book was actually given to me by a child I worked with who had difficulties with peer interactions and social engagements.
Focusing on a 10-year old who has a facial deformity, Wonder explores the life of a boy with “differences” entering a new school. The book describes the experience from his perspective as well as from some of the other student’s perspectives. This provides insight into what it is like to be like him, as well as how others view him. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: