Margaret Petersen


Margaret Petersen


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - 50231
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $190.00 per 60 minute session
Free Initial Consultation


344 Division Street Suite 202
Pleasanton, California 94566

My Approach to Helping


Every 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.

Therapy that integrates the wisdom of the body-mind connection allows a kinder and gentler way of seeing ourselves emerge from the often judgmental, and sometimes fearful, voices within. 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 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 newfound tools that will 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 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.

I am committed to being non-judgmental and present, regardless of what emerges. I know when to question, when to guide you, and when to listen. My style is warm and relational, with a down-to-earth presence that invites change to begin to happen right away.

I am sensitive to diversity, LGBTQ+ informed, 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.

More Info About My Practice

$190.00 per 60 minute session for individuals, couples, and families.
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?
How many sessions does my plan cover per calendar year?
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 would like help with their relationships - with themselves, their partners, children, and loved ones, their friends, co-workers and communities at large.

Counseling and therapy is a place to delve into 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, counseling is a way to begin to have the life you always wanted 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 wonderful individuals I have the pleasure of working with as a psychotherapist in a relational way.

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 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 a beautiful thing.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples therapy

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Attachment Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • 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

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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