About Margaret Howard, MFA, LCSW
Margaret Howard is a crone-aged grandparent, living in southern Illinois.
The work she offers is within the frame of a system she conceived, The Four Pathways©: The Land, The Unconscious, The Body, and The Conscious, which works with and at the intersections of somatic and depth psychotherapies, calling in land wisdom, dream work, ritual, spiritual reconnection deepening into communication with the land, and boundary warrioring, as well as cognitive methods.
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she is able to independently practice in both Illinois and Missouri and serve both states via Telehealth.
Before landing in this profession she has worked in construction, laying railroad track, as a radio systems installation and repair person in the US Army, and in electronics afterward. Immediately after getting out of the Army, where she fell in love with small, maneuverable aircraft, they achieved a private pilot's license, and much later went on to work as a technical writer for an aircraft manufacturing company. After spending 10 years or so being a homebirthing, stay-at-home mom while also doing childbirth education and aspiring to be a midwife (never got to that goal, though). they spent a few years working in journalism, being a part-time professional musician (piano/flute/voice), teaching college writing, doing web design and various kinds of technical writing. Their first graduate degree was a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry. During and after completing the Master of Social Work degree, she worked as a human trafficking policy advocate, training law enforcement, medical workers, and NGOs regarding human trafficking prevention and treatment and a crisis response clinician. During this time they began to study the need for yoga to be trauma-informed, and wrote on that subject. Now, Margaret enjoys their work as psychotherapist in private practice. She/They continues to work on several books, including a novel, a memoir, and a non-fiction work in the field of mental health.
She grew up around water and forest. Lakes, the rivers of southwest Missouri, and at times the oceans. Her elders taught her how to navigate the land, build fire, read the signs of weather, plants, trees, and birds, and to hunt, fish, garden, and cook. She was also given the gift of learning piano, flute, and voice, and has written and recorded music.
Margaret has lived in several states in the US, including California, Texas, Alabama, and of course Missouri (St. Louis) and Illinois, and in Europe and Scandinavia. She has studied with elders of land-spirit-recognizing spiritual traditions, including Indigenous healers, and, as a white person, continues to try not to co-opt, colonize, or romanticize.
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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
Some Trainings, Modalities, & Training Areas
This is not a complete list
Somatic Experiencing (Y1)
Multiple Jungian and Archetypal Psychology Trainings
Somatic Depth trainings
Trauma and the Soul (with Donald Kalcshed)
Training in body positivity and "health at all sizes"
Understand Cults: The Basics, Dr. Stephen Hassan
Multiple trainings in human trafficking, coercive control
EMDR Levels 1 & 2
EMDR for Child Abuse Recovery
Mulitple Cultural Competency trainings
Multiple trainings in treating military and former military
Ancestral Lineage Healing
Myth and Story Work, with Jean Shinoda Bolen, Sharon Blackie, and others
Dream work of various schools/types