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My passion is to join women in their personal journey to find wholeness and wellness in a very broken world by providing a safe, nurturing and truthful presence that allows for personal growth, healing and hope.

Monica Morris was born Denver, CO, and raised in Bellingham, WA. She met her husband-to-be, John Morris, in junior high school. For 41 years they were best friends and then husband and wife.

Just a few years into their marriage, Monica and John took their young family to Ghana, West Africa. For 14 years they worked to improve the lives of simple, village people. It was a blessed but challenging time as they learned another language and culture and gained a greater understanding of how the rest of the world struggles to eke out an existence. The came away knowing that they received as much as they gave.

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Monica's passion to help continued to burn after she returned to the Northwest. This led her to earn her Masters in Counseling in 2006 and then on to become a licensed State of Washington Mental Health Counselor. Since that time Monica has worked at a community mental health center for families and children at risk, trained other aspiring counselors and started a private practice.

2010 was a mind numbing and heart breaking year. John was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma cancer and passed away seven short months later on December 18, 2010. Monica was shattered by the sudden loss of her life partner. She decided to take a sabbatical to heal from this impossible tragedy

Thanks to the support of true friends and family, especially her two sons, Brandon and Kyle, Monica found the healing she needed. She can now rejoice in John's life and embrace a life-long sadness. "I see beauty more clearly because of John's perspective on beauty, creation and life," she expresses.

Part of her healing process was to journey to the land of her ancestry, Ireland. Accompanied by a dear friend, they lived with the locals. She could imagine and almost feel the way her great grand parents may have lived. This was a journey not only of sites and sounds but of soul searching and healing. She returned stronger, more full of life, and carrying a broader perspective, a deeper understanding and a calmning acceptance of our mortality.

Fortified with the assurance that anyone can overcome anything provided they have love, support and guidance, Monica opened LifeStar Counseling in January, 2013. "It has been a long, hard road of life lessons that have made me stronger today then I was before Dugan's passing. My hardship gives me an even deeper passion and understanding to begin helping others again," she explains.

Monica believes in following your passions, seeing them realized through hard work and dedication, or, simply, a commitment of time. Other passions in her life include baking, flowers, reading, music and enjoying different forms of artistic expression.

If you would like to contact Monica, please visit her Contact page, here.

Inspiration

"We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies."
Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique"
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain...
-Vivian Greene
"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
Ella Fitzgerald, African-American Jazz singer
"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use."
Ruth Gordon
"Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit."
Helena Rubenstein, Polish cosmetics industrialist
"You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose."
Indira Gandhi, first female prime minister of India
I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
Charlotte Brontë
"You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before, it's impossible."
Rita Dove, first African-American poet laureate of the U.S.
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
Beverly Sills, former American opera soprano

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