Margaret Petersen, MFT

Counseling and Psychotherapy


"Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking."

~ Rumi

Do any of these sentences sound like you?

“I seem to cry for no real reason.”

“All I want to do is sleep” or, “I can’t sleep.”

“It is so hard to cope now with what I used to manage just fine.”

It is normal for life’s ups and downs to get in our way now and then, but if you notice persistent feelings of hopelessness, loss of energy, sleep problems, ongoing sadness, or just a non-stop sense of the blahs that extend beyond two weeks, you may be experiencing clinical depression.

What is Depression?

It is an emotional and physiological mood disorder that is treatable.

It has nothing to do with one’s character or inner strength.

It has a genetic component, meaning it can run in families.

It can be tied to stress, diet, addictions, compulsions, and physical illnesses.

Neurotransmitters in the brain that are off-balance can impact depression.

It happens regardless of one’s socioeconomic background or upbringing.

There is no correlation between feeling depressed and being “crazy.”

Why Me?

Obvious events such as a personal loss, a traumatic situation, family history, and even the birth of a child can contribute to depression. Certain personalities lean more towards depression than others. Sometimes the root cause isn’t perfectly clear.  Regardless, these feelings can become overwhelming.

How Can Therapy Help?

Psychotherapy is a warm and welcoming invitation to relax a bit, so we can hear more than just the stories and fears of the mind that may very well be feeding the sadness.  In this deeper space of relaxation we will work together to learn how thoughts have a tremendous impact on our moods.  Tools, as well as empathic resonance, are used in therapy to allow more supportive thoughts, and encourage the emergence of a newer sense of self – one that is free from old, conditioned beliefs, and receptive to support of our budding inner strength.

Therapy is also a beautiful doorway for learning more about how depression can be connected to relationships. The relationship with a therapist can provide startling insights into how we tend to behave (or participate?) in relationships with ourselves, others, and the world at large. As you learn to connect more authentically with yourself, you learn more satisfying ways to be in the world.  The tools you learn to use become the foundation for a more authentic you.  With them you develop a new understanding of how relationships work, and you can more easily create what you need to have the life you want. Yes, depression can be treated.


If you notice your thoughts shift from feeling stifled in your world to an increased desire to simply be rid of the world, please click on the link below, read it, and come back to it as often as you like.  I think you’ll find it helpful and supportive:

For some helpful articles related to depression and anxiety right now, please visit Marty Cooper MFT at

I look forward to hearing from you.  If you would like to set up an appointment or speak with me, please call my confidential voice mail at (925) 520-5263 or email me at


Depression, Sadness, the Blues

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, 
then I can change.”  
~ Carl Rogers