Margaret Petersen MFT

Margaret Petersen MFT

Professions: Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - 50231
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 12146
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344 Division Street Suite 202
Pleasanton, California 94566 - United States
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Fees: $150.00 per 60 minute session

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There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don't you? - Rumi

Can you imagine viewing the very symptoms that prompted you to think about seeking out therapy as wise, and healing parts of the body mind connection? Every problematic experience or stuck pattern we have, especially that one that seems to come back time and time again - is an opportunity to move into richer and more satisfying relationships with ourselves and with the world. The more satisfying our relationships become, the more that translates into having a life that works.

I call my practice The Heart Distinction because depth work that accesses and integrates the wisdom of the heart allows a kinder and gentler way of seeing ourselves emerge from the often judgmental, and sometimes fearful, voices within. An essential aspect of my work is exploring how this interrelationship between body and the mind impacts our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in the world. So how does that translate into therapy with me?

Together, each week, we will be co-creating a safe place, where there is room for any and all vulnerable feelings, beliefs, and thoughts to emerge. I work in a no-shame zone of ongoing support and warm curiosity. Together we will learn about patterns, thoughts, feelings, triggers, stories, and behaviors that shape the way you see yourself and your world. We will integrate tools that allow you to know even more about yourself so you can begin to choose how you respond in any given situation. As current ways of reacting to the world are gently and carefully investigated, more authentic ways of responding in the world will naturally begin to emerge, and life can begin to be experienced in a more heartfelt and satisfying way.
As a contemplative therapist I am committed to being non-judgmental, warm, and welcoming regardless of what emerges. I know when to question, when to guide you, and when to listen. My style is empathic, relational, and intuitive with a down-to-earth presence that invites you to settle down into yourself.
I am sensitive to diversity, LGBTQQI informed, collaborative, and available. Together we can explore ways to be in the present moment while coming into a fuller understanding of what it means to be a human being - not a human doing. Having a life that works is a wonderful thing.

"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being." -Hafiz

Email or Call Margaret Petersen MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12146

More Info About My Practice

Rates
$150.00 per 60 minute session for individuals, couples, and teens.
Insurance
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage by asking the following questions:
Do I have outpatient mental health benefits?
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What is my deductible, and have I met it this year?
How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
How much money does my insurance cover per therapy session?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

As a therapist, I am particularly seasoned at helping individuals who are seeking help with their relationships - with themselves, their partners, children, and loved ones, their friends, co-workers and communities at large. Counseling and psychotherapy is a place to delve into relationship issues in such a way that patterns are noticed, fears are explored, hurts can be held, and new relationship tools can be explored and implemented for ongoing growth and success. The relationship we have with ourselves is a beautiful place to begin. With a commitment to providing safety, attuned presence, and ongoing nonjudgmental respect for whatever emerges, relationship exploration is a way to begin to have the life you always wanted to have with yourself, and others.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is at all times to be conscious of the deep respect and profound regard I have for the many rich and varied individuals I have the pleasure of working with as a psychotherapist in a vibrant practice. Psychotherapy is a journey more so than a goal,
and I resonate with the metaphor of client and therapist being similar to the relationship between the mountaineer and the Sherpa, or expert mountain guide who accompanies the climber. It is always the client's decision to choose the summit, but my own capacity as a seasoned therapist and ongoing client myself allows me to point out the safest routes and hazards along the way while being able to point out over and over the incredible beauty of the climb to greater consciousness itself. Reaching the summit of the authentic self is having a life that works.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Consultation

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy, trauma survivors, military and their families

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Communication Problems
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Focusing
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Object Relations
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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