Who Am I?
Since I get to know my clients on a very personal level, I believe that it is important that my clients also know a little bit about me as an individual.
I grew up in Minsk, Belarus, and moved to the Chicagoland area in my adolescence. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing video games, and spending time with my furry zoo (2 cats and 3 dogs). I love nature, the greener the better, and so I really enjoy spending time outside, biking, hiking, and camping.
Hi there! My name is Neli Morris and I am a licensed marriage and family therapy associate. I moved to Lubbock, TX in 2013 to pursue my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech, and I have stayed here since to complete my doctorate degree. During my time in the program, I received specialized training to work with substance abuse and addiction disorders, as well eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. I have worked with adolescents and adults in different settings addressing a variety of issues including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, social anxiety and difficulties, identity, relationship and family communication issues, substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders, technology use-related issues, and others.
I am a systemically trained therapist, which means that I view each person in the context of their experiences and relationships around them, both past and present. I also work from a collaborative therapy lens, and so I believe that each client is an expert of their own lives and experiences while I am an expert on the process of therapy. I see myself as walking beside you on your journey, whether or not we know where the path leads, but I am excited to see where it will take us! My goal is to get you to a place where you can walk this path on your own, but along the way I will guide you, I will support you, and I will challenge you. I tailor my work to each client and their needs, and so your journey will be unique to you. Even if you feel overwhelmed or unsure about what you want from therapy, or what "change" you want to see, it's OK! We'll figure it out together.
Beyond my clinical training and experiences, I am also a researcher and a college instructor. My primary area of research focuses on the impacts (both positive and negative) of technology and technology use on individuals, relationships/couples, and families. Some other areas of research include sexuality and sexual orientation, eating disorders, substance abuse and recovery, relationship communication and interactions. I have presented my research and expertise on these topics at various state and national professional conferences.
As an instructor at Texas Tech, I have taught courses on communication, eating disorders, and diversity. I have also provided guest lectures on topics such as diversity issues in addiction treatment, alternative approaches to eating disorder treatment, and collaborative therapy.
Clinically, I have worked at the Family Therapy Clinic seeing clients in the community as well as facilitating an eating disorder group, at the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center seeing adolescents, their families, and conducting group therapy, and at the Student Counseling Center at TTU seeing current college students.
Both my research and teaching experiences impact my clinical work, and vice versa. I take a scientist-practitioner approach, which means that I do my best to keep up with current research on clinical issues and applying that information in the therapy room.