Margaret Petersen, MFT

Counseling and Psychotherapy


"Great pain, when it is honored from the heart, opens into great understanding."  ~Jack Kornfield

These resources are a sprinkling of ideas to support you in your quest for a more balanced life.  Please check back, as I frequently add new information.


Rumi:  Poetry of Love

Relationship Support:

Sue Johnson, Ph.D.:

  1. "The Experience of Connection" (video)

  2. "Hold Me Tight" (book)

Rebecca Jorgensen:  "Thoughts on ways you can help your marriage"

Todd Sarner, MA, MFT: "Attachment & Marriage: How to Save (or Improve) Your Relationship with the New Science of Love"

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapists in the SF Bay Area 

Real Love support group, Pleasanton, CA.  For more information contact Inge Jechart at (925) 963-6439 or at

Teen Support:

About-Face: A website for girls to stand up to media that portrays distorted body images as real.

Scarleteen - Sex Education for the Real World

Spiritual, Contemplative, and Meditation Resources:

Ligmincha Institute

The Mindfulness Bell – A Journal of the Art of Mindful Living

SF Zen Center

Tassajara Hot Springs

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Elephant Yoga

Psychological Support:


Brene Brown: "The Power of Vulnerability"

Brene Brown: "Shame and Empathy"

Enneagram - Understanding Your Personality Type

Center for Nonviolent Communication

Psychology Today

Eugene Gendlin: "Eugene Gendlin introduces Focusing" – Resources to Inspire Therapists

Marty Cooper, MFT: Depression and Anxiety articles that really help

Gender Identity and Transgender Resources:

Transgender Law Center

Gaylesta - The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Psychotherapists Association of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Traumatic Stress:

David Baldwin’s Trauma Pages contain excellent links, articles and resources on traumatic stress.

Off to the Side:

  1. I walk down the street.

  2. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

  3. I fall in.

  4. I am lost... I am helpless.

  5. It isn't my fault.

  6. It takes forever to find a way out.

  7. I walk down the same street.

  8. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

  9. I pretend I don't see it.

  10. I fall in again.

  11. I can't believe I am in the same place.

  12. But, it isn't my fault.

  13. It still takes me a long time to get out.

  14. I walk down the same street.

  15. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

  16. I see it is there.

  17. I still fall in. It's a habit.

  18. My eyes are open.

  19. I know where I am.

  20. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

  21. I walk down the same street.

  22. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

  23. I walk around it.

  24. I walk down another street.

-Portia Nelson