If you have come to this site then you are thinking about how to make some kind of change in your life.  I am very passionate about helping people find what they are looking for in life and I would love to work with you to help you discover how to achieve your goals.  I believe in empowering each individual that steps into my office.  Acceptance of who you are and the decisions that you make is always a focus.  I believe these are the keys to success and happiness.  This can often be a difficult and/or painful process  but the reward is an improved and truly happy life.


I have been in the mental health field for the past twenty years.  I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 1995 and then earned my master's degree in social work from Columbia University in 1997. 
     Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of settings and locations.  As an intern in graduate school I worked at a preschool for developmentally delayed children in Brooklyn, NY and then I worked at a psychiatric clinic in the Bronx, NY.  I began my professional career in a community mental health center in Pensacola, Florida where I worked with children and families in their homes and schools.  I went on to work in an elementary school in Tampa, Florida.  I then worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Meridian, Mississippi where I provided services to the adult and adolescent units.  I went on from there to work in North Carolina for the next 15 years.


about me:


     I was employed for 6 years with The New Parent Support Program on a military base where I provided supportive counseling, education, and child abuse/domestic violence prevention and intervention.  I followed this up by opening my own private practice where I worked for the past 9 years providing mental health counseling before relocating to California.

     I am an open minded person and I promise you that you will never be judged no matter what you are going through.  We all have our own struggles and we all need help, support and/or guidance at times.  That is my purpose.  I applaud and admire anyone who has the courage to reach out for help when they find themselves struggling.

     Personally, I have been married for 16 years and I have three children.  I am a military spouse and offer a unique understanding to the challenges that military families face.  I feel very fortunate to have lived and worked in such diverse areas with diverse populations.  I enjoy spending time with my family and fiends,travel, the beach and good food.  


-Marguerite Widener, LCSW

(I go by the name of Peggy but

Marguerite is my legal name.)






"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." - Jim Rohn

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