Healing within the therapeutic bond comes from our collaboration and often from the most unexpected revelations. I have the background, expertise and training to support you. If you entrust me with your care, as well as your secrets, your hurts, your loves, your thoughts and emotions, I promise to accept all of it and you respectfully, artfully and with a hopeful, healing heart.
Yes, I do work with individuals and sometimes with groups, though foremost, I am an EMDR therapist with an intensive approach to Couples Therapy. The longer sessions that intensives are known for often prove to be more efficient, fun, cost-effective and short-term.
If you come to me as an individual, you may be weighed down by unprocessed trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, or anger. You might be facing a difficult crossroad and need help discovering your own path. I have a big box of tools and heart that is even bigger. Trust me to help you get on with living your best life.
You can read more and watch some great videos about EMDR on that page of my website. Both my primary trainer and my psychiatrist father are featured in the news program. I had great mentors on my journey to be the therapist that I am today.
With the research-proven tools and my years of experience and maturity, I believe I can help you
make rapid progress toward your goals.
One client (Heidi) wrote: “…The session was completely comfortable and safe. The time passed quickly, although it was obvious to me, even during my time with Margaret, that new pathways in my brain were being built. It was work. Something was happening. For me, EMDR has enabled me to un-link previously connected reactions to stress or discomfort…”
Unsolicited therapy update by anonymous woman in couples therapy for 9 months:
EMDR therapy and the Gottman Aftermath of a Fight booklets have been really helpful. In general, discovering negative beliefs about myself I’ve held on to and what memories and feelings still impact me have helped me understand why I’m triggered by certain experiences. The EMDR therapy helped desensitize so many painful childhood memories. The booklet has helped my husband and I communicate a lot more information in a more succinct and respectful way. My communication has been so much better even when I’m upset and a lot of old memories that used to affect me, don’t anymore. I also have more awareness about why I might feel hurt about a situation. I ask more questions now to help him open up, instead of assuming I try to remember my own insecurities and how I could be projecting that in a situation.
My path and inspirations
Over the last 10 years, and after 30 years as a school psychologist, I decided I was feeling mature enough to work well with people of all ages, not just children, their parents and teachers. I now have my own private practice, and I continue to live and work as a school psychologist, in the Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe area.
The resolution and confidence came from two places – my family roots and my growth in music. I have heard it said, that we are a family of healers and I suppose it is true. My father, Dr. David Gasman and my mother Kathleen of Redding, California, were both in the healing professions. My brothers and sisters are all nurses, doctors and teachers.
My father, a psychiatrist, now retried, is still my enthusiastic mentor and cheerleader. He practiced short term methods that routinely started with a long session – something I continue. He has inspired me in many ways and observing him even as a child, also caused me to approach this practice with caution. I am sure my brothers and sisters remember those many evenings we waited to have dinner with a father that came late to the table. Yes, it is true, all of my family are healers of some sort. My mother even went back to school after all six kids were raised and then did therapy for a number of years.
I took up music late in life as a challenge until it became a driving passion. Learning to play bass and sing, eventually joining up to form a band that does convention presentations about dealing with stress, inspired me to renew my efforts to achieve my private practice license.
Life-long learning and challenging ourselves builds connections and strengthens the brain. Therapy with me will be a challenge and a growth experience, too.
My therapeutic focus
As I moved toward the clinical and therapeutic aspect of psychology, I have sought out training that compliments my goals of achieving quick results and lasting change such as Family Attachment, Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Gottman couples therapy. I often find my background in educational techniques helpful when I strive to teach couples new and effective methods of communicating with each other. For instance, I might model a role-play and then have them practice by role-playing a new way of interacting with each other. I also love using mindfulness, music, art, therapeutic stories and cognitive-behavioral methods.
I have found ways to incorporate music into my goals of helping others with my band. I now have one app for helping a small group of adolescents and soon I am launching another Channel through Marco Polo, a phone app that will provide coping support for professionals who support others and must handle their own stress to be as effective as possible.
University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Psychology, 1994
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Nevada Licensed School Psychologist
Nevada Licensed Psychologist PY0883