I help people recover & discover their greatness
My name is DaMarcus Morton and I am a Mindset Coach. Unlike many of my colleagues, I didn’t enter college expecting to work in Social Services & Mental Health. I studied Criminal Justice/Sociology at the University of Akron because recognizing patterns and solving problems came easy to me. I figured detective work was my path. During my third year, my mind was changed while was working as a Youth Resident Supervisor at The Oriana House, a youth drug offender program.
One day a former youth came back to visit the facility and it turned out to be the first pivotal shift in my life. In his slightly oversize gray suit, he entered the building with papers in his hand. After chatting for a bit he gave me a copy of his GED and thanked me for helping him. The overwhelming feeling of gratitude awakened the service in me, the same service I witnessed in my grandmother as a youth. It was then I realized I wanted to focus on sociology rather than criminal justice.
The day after graduation, I packed my belongings and left home for Seattle, WA. In Seattle, I continued working in Social Services doing family reunification work with a Crisis Center and the Department of Children and Family Services. That lead to doing case management with “at risk” youth. Later, I joined a team of Coaches and Counselors to develop an alternative sentencing program for King County’s Juvenile Public Defender’s Office. That was my introduction to Coaching, Drug Court and the next pivotal shift in my life. I got involved with the Law & Ethics Training Advisory Board for Mental Health/Chemical Dependency Professionals. In addition, I got involved with the Department of Social and Health Services training in the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. After 5 years in Seattle, I decided to move to Los Angeles to further my career.
In Los Angeles, I began working as an Addiction Counselor and Drug Court Liaison at Sober College and Tarzana Treatment Centers. Although I was working as a counselor, my style integrated coaching techniques that moved my clients into action. Recognizing a growing passion for coaching, after 8 years of counseling, I decided to make the leap into independent recovery coaching. I partnered with additional treatment centers and my career began. In addition to direct client care, I created program structure for Treatment Programs, After-Care Programs and Supportive Living Environments. I even consulted on NIDA funded projects with the prestigious Rand Corporation. Even though I observed client success, I still saw clients returning to treatment. This shifted my focus to answering a bigger question, “why?”
I sought to better understand the precursors to self-limiting behaviors (substance abuse, procrastination, isolation etc) and how to change them. Mindset Coaching was born. Now as a Mindset Coach, I teach recovering addicts and non-addicts how to recover & discover their greatness!