Dr. Margaret Peterson
By the time people come to therapy, very often their stories of themselves have been narrowed down in ways that are profoundly constricting. In therapy we explore what has been forgotten or obscured, and help you remember and re-tell the deepest and truest stories of yourself.
Margaret Peterson received her formation as a psychotherapist during her years as an academic. Having earned a PhD in theology and ethics from Duke University, Dr. Peterson taught theology and, later, psychology on the undergraduate level for twenty years. Among her most popular course offerings were classes on health psychology and addiction and recovery, as well as a senior-level class on marriage that eventually served over a thousand students. Dr. Peterson found working with her students around all of these issues so compelling that she returned to school herself for a degree in marriage and family therapy, eventually moving from classroom teaching into full-time work as a therapist.
During a year as a Doctoral Fellow in Families, Illness, and Collaborative Healthcare at the Chicago Center for Family Health, Dr. Peterson received extensive training in working with individuals, couples and families around issues of acute and chronic illness. She has worked in primary care medical settings where she has had opportunities to collaborate with medical professionals and to assist in teaching resident physicians to collaborate with mental health professionals. These clinical experiences, along with Dr. Peterson’s background in bioethics and her own history with illness, disability, caregiving and bereavement, energize and support her work as a therapist with persons affected by these universal human realities.
When you work with Dr. Peterson, you will find yourself with someone who listens with attention, respect, compassion, and good humor, who has faced her own challenges with courage and tenacity, and who is committed to helping you do the same. Recognizing that people are different and bring distinctive strengths and resources to the table, Dr. Peterson will collaborate with you to identify potential next steps that fit for you and that can open up new ways of coping and thriving.
- I live by the philosophy that
- conversation is an opening into as-yet-uncreated worlds of possibility.
- I could spend every day
- in the kitchen or the garden, or (preferably) both.
- As a therapist, I
- take delight in getting to know the people with whom I work, and I am continually humbled and honored by their willingness to invite me into their lives.
Ph.D., Theology and Ethics, Duke University
M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, La Salle University
M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Fellowship, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, 2016-2018
Fellowship, Chicago Center for Family Health, 2019-2020
Medical Family Therapy Intensive, University of Rochester, 2010
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Family Therapy Academy
Coalition to Transform Advanced Care
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
- Salvation and Health: Why the Church Needs Psychotherapy, Christian Bioethics 17:3 (December 2011), 277-298
- Were We There to Talk about AIDS, or Not?, Public Seminar, April 4, 2018
- A Good Death, Covenant Companion, Sept. 21, 2015
- Movie Review: We Have a Pope (2011), Psychology Today
- Movie Review: I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015), Psychology Today
- Movie Review: The Lady in the Van (2016), Public Seminar