Margaret Hunter is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist working in California’s diverse Central Valley. She has over twenty years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings: private practice, school-based mental health, higher education student counseling, inpatient treatment and functional restoration.
The focus of her work has been to explore the relationship between trauma and body image disturbance. Physical trauma may lead to unpleasant and distorted thoughts about body image. The process of art making is used to explore thoughts and feelings, access and release traumatic memories, increase self-awareness and promote appreciation of self as whole. Creativity is explored and reinforced as a coping strategy that may be practiced in daily life.
Margaret co-founded Meghan’s Place Eating Disorder Center, Modesto, and has facilitated body image and eating disorder support groups for over a decade. She uses metaphors and multi-media art processes in her workshops. She provides trainings for professionals and is a published author in this field.
Margaret is passionate about the use of art in the healing process. She works with people of all ages, from all walks of life in individual and group settings. She enjoys working with veterans and their families.
Margaret continues to develop art processes that promote assertiveness, positive body image, connection to nature and the broader world community.