Susan T. Morgan, MSN, RN, CS
At 4 years old I saw starving children from Ethiopia on TV and cried. As a teen I wanted to work with Mother Teresa. When I was 21 my mother died, propelling me further into existential questioning. From these early experiences the heart and mind found expression as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Curiosity led to practicing in a diversity of settings and populations—homeless shelters, community clinics, psychiatric hospitals, research clinics, college mental health, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, artists and writers, undergraduate and graduate students, ordinary folk, and couples. These days, I am drawn to work with therapists and caregivers seeking to deepen their own meditation practice and therapeutic presence. It is a joy and a privilege to work with those interested in growing at the edges of their comfort zone.
In 1992, the heart and mind found a new avenue of expression. I began practicing in Zen and Vipassana traditions, and more recently, Tibetan practices. In December 2013 I completed a four-year silent meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. It is my deepest joy to practice the dharma and to share that practice with those who are interested. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are two themes that have emerged as pivotal in both my personal practice and my teaching.
William D. Morgan, PsyD
The first wave Buddhist meditation came to our shores while I was an undergraduate at Tufts University in the early ’70s. I majored in Eastern religion at Tufts, and was drawn to meditation immediately. When I was 19 my father died, propelling me toward a deeper search for meaning. I took a year sabbatical after my sophomore year and spent six months in a Trappist monastery. I spent the following summer at Mt. Baldy Zen Center in California, and lived at Chogyam Trungpa’s Tibetan center in Boston upon graduating in 1975. I then gravitated toward vipassana practice and did three 3-month courses at the Insight Meditation Society with Joseph Goldstein. Following this I earned my Psy.D. and began a private practice in Cambridge and Quincy. I have led retreats and taught meditation since 1984, and particularly enjoy working with people to incorporate meditation into their lives in a personally meaningful and enlivening way. With Susan, I recently completed a 4-year retreat at the Forest Refuge.
Bill Morgan PsyD and Susan Morgan CNS
We share a deep appreciation for the interweaving of meditation and psychotherapy in our personal journeys and in our work with others. For 15 years we have been teaching and leading retreats for mental health professionals, and more recently for couples.
We are board members and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, meditationandpsychotherapy.org, a non-profit organization which offers seminars, courses, retreats and a certificate program for mental health professionals. We are contributing authors to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.