MARGARET WILLIAMS, LMSW 

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Hello, and thank you for visiting my page! I am a Licensed Master's Social Worker in the state of Michigan, as well as a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Consultant-in-Training under Crystal Whitlow.

 

I received my Master’s in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA and my bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I have spent the majority of my career working at a community mental health center. I have over 13 years of experience working with people who have histories of traumatic experiences, along with moderate to severe mental health symptoms. I have worked extensively with families involved in the child welfare system, with a focus on the parents in the context of individual therapy.

Please note: I am NOT currently accepting new therapy clients, but I DO have openings for people seeking EMDR consultation to enhance their skills and/or to work toward EMDRIA certification. Please see below for details.

You may notice my use of the word “trauma” or “traumatic.” The term “trauma” is used to describe any experience that is overwhelming for a person. Trauma can be thought of as “big ’T’ traumas” (abuse, assault, losses, combat, car accidents, etc) or “little ’t’ traumas" (conflicts, failures, disappointments, confrontations, etc). When we look at mental health from a trauma perspective, we see how common traumatic experiences are and we can destigmatize their lasting effects. The process of separating a person from their trauma allows the trauma to become treatable. The question shifts from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What's happened to you?” We can then chisel away at the shame a person may be carrying and kickstart the brain’s natural healing process.

 

EMDR is my preferred tool in doing this work, because I have found it to be the most effective. I have worked with clients on a variety of issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, PTSD, abuse, relationship and attachment issues, life transitions, and parenting. I have experience working with people on the autism spectrum and with people struggling with gender identity. I prioritize creating a safe and supportive environment. I offer a calm, authentic, compassionate style and use an eclectic, active, relational approach grounded in psychodynamic training.

EMDR Consultation Now Available!

Looking to get certified in EMDR? Interested in growing your skill set and learning new interventions? Do you thrive in a supportive, encouraging environment? I am a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA Consultant-in-Training under Crystal Whitlow. I am offering individual and group consultation sessions.

Sessions take place virtually, over HIPAA-compliant Zoom software. 

Availability:

  • Early mornings, either 8:00am or 9:00am

  • Early afternoons, either 1:00pm or 2:00pm

  • Limited Saturday morning availability

Fee:  Rates are variable. Please contact me to discuss current fees.

Contact Info:

mwillmsw@gmail.com

What to expect:

Please e-mail me at mwillmsw@gmail.com and I will get back with you promptly to answer any questions you may have and to discuss scheduling. I will have you sign a contract, which will cover all expectations and provide additional information.

For individual consultation, I will then send a Zoom link in preparation for our designated appointment time once the signed contract and payment are received.

For group consultation, I will send a SignUp Genius link for you to browse available time slots. The Zoom link for group consultations is both on the SignUp Genius website, and will be e-mailed to you as well.  SignUp Genius will also send an automated reminder e-mail as the date approaches.

Payment Info:

Cash, check, or Venmo accepted (@MWillMSW)