Isabelle Eccles Morley,
I am a lifelong Massachusetts resident. This state is where I was born, grew up, and completed all my schooling, including graduate school. I received a BA from Tufts University in Peace and Justice Studies, a small and flexible major that allowed me to customize my college experience. Within my major, I focused on interpersonal conflict resolution. I wrote my final capstone project on the evolutionary justification and modern-day use of forgiveness and revenge in relationships following significant transgressions.
After graduating from Tufts, I earned my Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree from William James College in Newton. My doctoral research explored young adults' perspectives of hookup culture and its impact on their ability to form meaningful romantic relationships. I write a blog for Psychology Today called Love Them or Leave Them, where I analyze on-screen romantic relationships and discuss what a good relationship really looks like.
I believe that the most important part of anyone's therapy journey is the start, which means finding a therapist who is the "right fit." The relationship between client and therapist is crucial because therapy can only be helpful if there is genuine trust and connection. Many of my clients describe me as approachable, non-judgmental, direct, and warm, and I hope this is your experience with me as well. However, in the first session, I make a point to emphasize that if I'm not the right fit, I genuinely want to know that and will happily give you some suggestions for others who might be. I know it can be challenging to find a therapist, and I make every effort to help people in their search.
Outside of work, I spend as much time outdoors as possible. I enjoy wildlife photography, particularly birds. I'm especially fond of barred owls, black-crowned night herons, and bald eagles. My other favorite animals are orcas, a force unto themselves, and squirrels, a very underappreciated animal, in my opinion. If I lived anywhere besides the Boston area, it would be somewhere in the highlands of Scotland (left picture) or one of the San Juan Islands in Washington (right), mainly because of the wildlife there.
I'm a mother of three (two human babies, one canine baby), and I appreciate the immense joy and incredible challenge of caring for them. If you choose to work with me, you should be prepared to hear my eldest, an 8lb toy poodle, snoring as loudly as a rottweiler during sessions. No matter what I do, he saves his loudest noises for when I'm working.
I've been with my husband for a decade and I feel fortunate that he tolerates me feeding the squirrels in our yard and enjoys hearing about psychology. Otherwise, we'd be in some serious trouble.