About Margaret Howard, MFA, LCSW
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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
Margaret's practice orientation works within the intersections of earth and ecological psychology, body/somatic psychology, Jungian-influenced depth and dream work as modernized and influenced by Toko-pa Turner, Sharon Blackie, Daniel Foor, and others, with EMDR resourcing and processing as appropriate, 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, the collective unconscious, intergenerationally and within the community. Margaret's work and perspective includes the effects of colonization, slavery, capitalism, and other abusive systems as they impacted our ancestors and ourselves in the present time. This work engages deep archetype and family inheritance of traumas and patterns (in adoptees as well as those raised by biological parents), and recognized the importance of all life to our wellbeing, including animals, plants, and the very land we live upon. Theoretical influences include Van der Kolk, Ogden, Porjes, Levine, Estes, and other doing research and work in the triune brain model, the autonomic nervous system, and the mind/body. At the center of this is a mindfulness orientation.
Before embarking upon this work Margaret lived a varied life, including as a stay-at-home mother, a professional writer, college writing instructor, women's health advocate, aspiring midwife, journalist, technical writer, and very part time private chef.
Born in Illinois, Margaret has lived in several states in the US as well as Germany and Sweden. She has studied with elders of land-spirit recognizing spiritual traditions, always being careful not to co-opt, colonize, or romanticize. My professional work is to remain neutral spiritually and to respect and facilitate each person's belief or non-belief.
Margaret occasionally does consulting work around human trafficking policy and the treatment of post-trauma in survivors, emphasizing the need for survivor-led policy and services. Margaret has worked with the Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking Los Angeles, ATTEST, and is a former board member of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition.
Margaret is a mother, grandmother, writer, musician. sustainable gardener, reader, writer, animist, and proud-ass crone.