Meira Petersen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Meira received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM.
Thoughtfulness, intention and sensitive encouragement 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 connection and change in the lives of adolescents. Subsequently, in 2010, 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 attraction to horses when she began co-facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy at Ranch Dubois in Corrales, NM. Horses happen to be excellent teachers of emotional regulation and personal boundaries. At Ranch Dubois she worked with horses and humans together to identify feelings, often through projection and psychodrama, teach body awareness, emotional regulation, and explore personal boundaries.
Meira’s work with women has been richly rewarding as unrealistic societal expectations and biases claim space in current news and social media. Meira is proud to be part of this movement toward self-acceptance and rejecting self hatred and criticism. She has worked extensively with women to refine body image, correct disordered eating, find assertive voices and clarify intentions.
Recently, since opening Eldorado Behavioral Health in 2015, Meira has served mostly adults and couples. Younger individuals make up 4% of EBH current client population. This transition to serving adults and couples has been logical and gratifying as previous experience and knowledge of earlier developmental stages inform the present.
Meira believes that emotional growth is a continual process specific to the individual, completely based on unique experiences and often intentional. Acceptance of self and others is for many, a purposeful evolution that includes self-regulation and results in emotional freedom. Meira is honored to witness and learn from the intimate, personal experiences that her clients share with her.
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