Portiaatrice Morse, M.A., aspires to advance the field of marriage and family therapy as well as mental health to being more acceptable within the urban communities in which she grew up. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Morse has experienced first-hand, the stigmas associated with mental health issues not only in the neighborhoods she grew up in, but within her own family system. Morse decided to make her first mark on the world, after graduating cum laude from Delaware State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and became a part of her first publication “Deductive Reasoning: The use of the selection task to measure educational interventions.”. Determined to continue her education and broaden her understanding of family systems and its impact on mental health, Morse return back to Philadelphia where she earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.
As the first-generation college student in her family, Morse continues to set the tone for those after her in pursuing a doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
Morse has dedicated her life to providing a safe space for her clients to be heard and understood in a world where they are often marginalized. Her passion for therapy provides her with a platform of opportunities to learn from the various environments in which she conducts individual, couples and family therapy, as well as change the stigma of what therapy should look like.
Recently, Morse co-founded the “House to Home Development, LLC” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which is an organization that works diligently to provide temporary housing within the local communities to young boys in foster care who have been in the system for an extended period of time. Morse hopes to continue these developments world-wide to reduce the number of children who end up aging out of foster care, and promote the strength in being supported within one’s community.