Margaret Anne (Peggy) Wyatt, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I see therapy as an empowering opportunity for self-development that provides clients with a safe place to openly express their thoughts and feelings. I also believe that past experiences and beliefs can impact our present experience and that healing starts with awareness, compassion and understanding.
I am committed to helping my clients understand how their previous experiences, beliefs and traumas may be contributing to their current symptoms and possibly hindering them from achieving what they want in life.
I am an experienced, skilled and caring therapist with a gentle, warm and non-judgmental style. I have been helping people overcome traumas and difficulties for many years. My goal is to help each of my clients heal from their own painful symptoms and feel empowered to achieve the balance, contentment and success they desire. I work thoughtfully and collaboratively with my clients to develop a safe and trusting environment in which they can grow and heal.
I specialize in helping clients overcome the negative effects of past unresolved trauma, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect or growing up in families with problems such as alcoholism, substance abuse or current life traumas or experiences that impact a person’s ability to feel safe and connected. Negative effects can include current problems such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, bursts of anger, hopelessness, low self-esteem and unfulfilling relationships.
I am a Certified EMDR therapist and am trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) somatic therapy. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a well-researched and highly effective trauma treatment that helps process and heal the many negative effects of traumatic experiences. TRM is a somatic or mind-body therapy that utilizes your body’s innate ability to heal. These modalities are particularly helpful in overcoming the effects of unresolved trauma, both recent and childhood trauma and chronic trauma. I also use psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches in my treatments.
I hold a B.A. degree from Fordham University and a M.S. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the Ventura County Chapter of CAMFT (VC-CAMFT) and EMDRIA, the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association.
Before becoming a therapist I spent over 18 years as a Certified Paralegal working with attorneys to help clients who suffered major physical injuries and traumatic brain injuries obtain needed compensation for their physical and mental healing.