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About Margaret M. Clausen, Psy.D.

My work is grounded in both materialist and quantum science. I use these perspectives along with perspectives from Western psychology, wisdom traditions, philosophy, and sociology in my work.

My work is also informed by my life experiences and clinical experiences. It is ever-evolving.

I have always been providing services in the realms of health and healing.  Because of a major accident as a teenager with resulting serious injuries as well as a near-death experience during the event, I became most interested in the intersection of our physical-emotional existence and nonlocal consciousness, mortality, and the meaning of life. I also became interested in the existential impacts of physical limitations and traumatic stress as well as acute and chronic pain. 

Along the way, this brought me into a number of settings including working with the dying in skilled nursing facilities, hospice, retreat settings, and private practice. For years I was a bodyworker with specialties working with the same populations I work with now. In addition to bodywork, I also became interested in gaining education in the practices of Reiki and the Bengston Energy Healing Method®.

I obtained a Master's degree in philosophy, then a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and a license as a psychologist in the state of California (CA PSY24493). I also obtained extensive training working with adults with complex and single-incident traumatic stress, chronic and terminal illness, acute and chronic pain, as well as those who were grappling with integrating transformative life experiences. Biofeedback of all sorts was part of this training as was EMDR, and of course a variety of psychotherapy approaches including other somatic, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral and dialectic-behavioral, as well as transpersonal  (integrating the spiritual/transcendent). My background in philosophy has always provided a strong foundation for holding our human strengths and vulnerabilities.  I am a perpetual student and have continued to study and attend professional seminars on all aspects of healing. 

Woven throughout were life experiences such as decades of vipassana and Zen meditation, hypnosis, transformative experiences and more. I continue to train and practice natural ways to expand consciousness (enter altered states of consciousness without drugs), and to practice skills such as remote viewing and energy work for the purposes of healing.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association's divisions of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, and the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. I am also a member of the The Institute of Noetic Sciences, International Association for Near Death Studies, and the Parapsychological Association.

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