“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

Hello! I'm Margaret.

I am a marriage and family therapist (MFC 50231) licensed by the state of California, with a specialization in relationships and all the many ways relationships can become so tricky to navigate at times. I am a white, cis-gendered, heterosexual female who is keenly aware of the privileges in my identities. Understanding systemic oppression comes up often in my work and I am committed to dismantling racism and all other -isms in my practice and in my life.

Prior to being licensed in California as an MFT therapist, I worked in the field of counseling and allied health for 16 years in hospitals, clinics, and medical research settings in Dallas, TX. I supported individuals who had sustained traumatic brain injuries, burn victims needing critical support in hospital settings, chronic pain patients, and veterans dealing with post traumatic stress and trauma. The privilege of connecting with such a range of clients with diverse clinical issues led me to my passion today of dedicating myself to relationships as a primary focus.

Since 2006, I have specialized in working with couples and families who want to feel safe, seen, and heard by the ones they love. I have found that relational hands-on tools, emotionally focused therapy, and nonstop support can be a powerful combination in helping people navigate and come out on top of many different kinds of challenges.

When not providing psychotherapy and consultation, I can be found reading the latest research and attending trainings related to couples and family counseling. I frequently take part in mindfulness, dharma, and anti-racist personal development workshops so that I can continue to gain more consciousness and have access to more resources to share with my amazing clients. Spending time with my family and friends is my go-to for charging my battery, and I love all outdoor excursions on bike, foot, or kayak.

I live in the Pleasanton area with my husband and partner of 31 years. We have a son and a daughter who are launching in the world right now in authentic and heartfelt ways. Parenting has been a pivotal part of my past 28 years of ongoing growth and development. My preferred pronouns for myself are “she” and “her.”

For now, I’d like to leave you with the message that you are entitled to a life that is rich with possibilities, secure with connected relationships, and filled with nonstop authenticity. I trust you will find your way to a life that supports you in the best ways possible.

Contact Me

Feel free to call me at 925.520.5263 or email me at margaret@theheartdistinction.com to see if we might be a good fit together. I look forward to hearing from you.


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