Margaret Chen, JD
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee
Offices: South Bay, Los Alamitos
Margaret recognizes that each of us longs for connection and acceptance. We search for purpose, safety, and to be understood. Margaret understands the pain and distress that result when our needs are not met. She meets her clients with tenderness and empathy in the presence of their pain. Without judgment, and with genuine care and compassion, Margaret seeks to work collaboratively to deepen the ways that people engage with themselves and others. Throughout their time together, they will celebrate the courageousness of being vulnerable and the beauty of who they are truly created to be.
Margaret approaches therapy from a structured attachment-based treatment framework called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). The overarching goals of EFT are to help create a “safe haven” and secure base in our relationships so that we may experience love, safety, trust, comfort, and support. Margaret works with individuals and couples facing a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity, trauma/abuse, parenting, relationship struggles, and spiritual/existential issues.
Before entering the field of psychotherapy, she worked as a public interest attorney for over a decade. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and a long period of discernment led her to answer God’s call to serve the community as a therapist.
• Relationship struggles
• Spiritual/existential issues
• Identity issues
• Individual Adults
• JD from University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
• MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (in progress)