Meira Petersen is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC). Meira received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM.
Thoughtfulness and sensitivity are the foundation of Meira’s work as a Therapist. Over the past 15 years she has worked in a variety of settings with clients of all ages. At the beginning of her counseling career, she worked as as a Resident Assistant at the Youth Shelter in Santa Fe. Meira discovered her effectiveness at quickly establishing trust and fostering positive change in the lives of adolescents. Subsequently, Meira worked as a Multi-Systemic Therapist for Teambuilders Counseling Services, where she had her first opportunity to work with entire families and their communities.
The intensive, home-based yet wide-reaching model of therapy was invaluable to Meira’s development as a Therapist. It was through this work that she learned how each part of a system effects every other. Change ripples through the individual, the family and changes the community at large. For Meira, this was extremely informative, experiential and rewarding work.
Meira’s work with at-risk youth merged with her love of horses when she began co-facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy at Ranch Dubois in Corrales, NM. At Ranch Dubois she helped clients to identify feelings through body awareness, taught emotional regulation, and helped clients identify and explore personal boundaries.
Meira’s work with women has been richly rewarding. Women are often deeply affected by unrealistic societal expectations. This presents a unique challenge for women. Meira appreciates being a part of the process toward self-acceptance as she has worked with women on such issues as eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, peer, relationship and parenting.
Meira believes that growth is a constant and personal process specific to the individual and based on unique experiences. Acceptance of self and others is an essential personal skill that she aims to develop in her clients for emotional freedom and self-regulation. Meira is honored to witness and learn from the intimate, personal experiences that her clients share with her.
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