Margaret Howard, MFA, LCSW
Training, Theory, and Orientation
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), licensed to practice in Missouri.
Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)
Master of Social Work, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2000
Bachelor of Science, University Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1994
My theoretical and practice orientation is at the intersections of body psychology and Jungian-influenced depth and dream work, focusing clinically on trauma and anxiety in women. This work is in relationship with the how trauma and anxiety express in the body, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious, and engages deep archetype and ancestry, all life including animals and plants, and the land, as well as the breadth of our families and communities. Theoretical influences include Van der Kolk, Ogden, Porjes, Estes. My orientation is in social justice, inclusiveness, and intersectional feminism.
Before embarking upon this work I was a professional writer, and college writing instructor, women's health advocate and aspiring midwife, journalist, technical writer, and very part time private chef.
Policy work has focused on advocating for effective and successful services to survivors of human trafficking, and prevention and deterrence. I'm not presently engaged in policy work.
I was born in Illinois, but have lived in several states in the US and a couple of European countries. I now live and work in St. Louis, Missouri.
I have studied spiritual disciplines, and worked with elders from those traditions, always being careful not to coopt, colonize, or romanticize. My professional work is to remain neutral spiritually and to respect and facilitate each person's belief or non-belief. However, spirituality and/or religion can be a part of therapy, if a person chooses. My personal orientation is animistic.
I am a mother, grandmother, writer, musician. sustainable gardener, reader, writer, general nature freak, and proud-ass crone.