Chris Emerson, Eugenie Morton, Emily Ashley, Joe Calgano

Dear Friends!

Today’s podcast (part one of a two-part series) features the recording of an important conversation I recently participated in about the efficacy and pitfalls of using psychiatric medications. Joining me were members of the Windhorse community: Emily Ashley, Eugenie Morton, and Joe Calcagno.

This topic hits close to home for me as someone who was diagnosed with a chronic mental illness but no longer uses these medications for wellness. In this podcast, you will hear a variety of perspectives on this controversial topic from staff and clients who currently take or used to take these substances. We share our experiences, weigh the pros and cons of use, explore the nature of stigma, and offer what has helped us along our path.

This exploration is important because Windhorse values compassionate care, and part of that is supporting clients to be on the minimum effective dose of psychiatric medications possible. And, when viable, it supports a client’s right to reduce or withdrawal from these medications altogether. The reasons why someone would choose to take or not take medication are as diverse as people themselves. As we’ve learned at Windhorse, one size does not fit all–and ultimately this is about whatever works.

Thanks for listening and please enjoy!

Chris Emerson


Chris Emerson is a bright, silly and deeply caring counselor, coach and artist. He specializes in helping people transform their spiritual crises and existential challenges into fun, exciting spiritual journeys aimed at more wakeful, loving and meaningful lives. A life-long practitioner of Integral Practice, Emerson provides clients with key insights into their own growth and evolution. He received his Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and has worked with Windhorse as an Assistant Team Leader, Basic Attender and Housemate for over 5 years.



Eugenie Morton received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She earned her MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 1987.  Eugenie has worked extensively in the filed of recovery since the 1980’s.  She joined Windhorse Community Services in 1988 and currently serves as a Team Supervisor and Psychotherapist.  Eugenie’s unique style, diverse experiences through travel, teaching self- defense, and her own lived experience provide a foundation for her work.  She most enjoys working with women, emancipating youth, and those looking to build a fulfilling life that encourages our unique gifts.





Emily Ashley is a Windhorse Community Services community member.







Joe Calgano is a member of the Windhorse Community Services community member. He is a peer support specialist at Windhorse and was previously a Peer support specialist at mental health partners.