About Foothills Family Counseling-Meet Margaret Brauns, LMFT

About Foothills Family Counseling-Meet Margaret Brauns, LMFT


Hello and thank you for visiting my website and your interest in learning about my practice and work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

On a personal note: 
I grew up in a small farming community in Northern California. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the United States.  My undergraduate degree, a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science was obtained from California State University, Chico, not far from my home town.  I attended California State University, San Francisco to earn a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as becoming a credentialed School Counselor. 

The majority of my training and work as a Marriage and Family Intern was obtained in the San Francisco area.  I was fortunate to gain experience in an area with diverse populations and in the vigorous training program that CSU,San Francisco demanded.  My early experience included working in schools, mental health clinics, County Mental Health as well as Non-Profit Organizations.  I have worked with individuals of all age groups, diverse cultural backgrounds and a variety of spiritual belief systems.

My family has resided in El Dorado County for the past 17 years.  I am a mother of two amazing teenagers. My children were fortunate to attend the excellent schools in El Dorado County.  I have had the opportunity to work in several local districts both as a Credentialed School Counselor and as an Marriage and Family Therapist.  I have been a clinical supervisor and spearheaded the development of community and school-based mental health programs.  Residing and working locally has made me familiar with the local school districts, business community, as well as the unique climates in both the Sacramento and foothill communities.

Currently I work in the private sector of mental health.  In my practice, I am able to focus on assisting clients with relationships, anxiety, and mood disorders.  Stress reduction is an important part of every treatment plan. I find being a therapist to be rewarding and meaningful work.  It is most rewarding when clients achieve their treatment goals and are utilizing new life skills that support their experiencing more joy and healthy living.

In my personal time, I enjoy music, gardening, and travel.  Most of all, I have a true passion for learning.  Whether it is a first-hand experience, a great documentary, the history channel or stories from my clients, having the opportunity to learn something new each day is exciting.  In therapy, I have the privilege of learning from the unique history and knowledge base of every client.  The exchange of knowledge is one of the things I enjoy most about my work as a therapist. 

It is an absolute privilege to work with the clients in my practice and observe the personal growth of others.

My Practice-Foothills Family Counseling

I work with adults and teens who have physical and/or mental health conditions including chronic anxiety or stress and mood disorders.  As individuals learn to manage their emotions and stress levels, their personal and professional relationships tend to improve. Every individual has a distinct life story and journey.  Many potential clients ask what treatment methods or tools we will use together.  Treatment plans are determined based upon an individual’s needs as well as their personal history; we work together to determine the most beneficial treatment plan. 

In general, the clients who seek treatment from me are looking to form a strong relationship with their therapist.  I value therapy and prefer to work with individuals who also place a high value on therapy.  Therapy is an opportunity for personal growth, and recognizing and achieving one’s full potential.  In therapy, many clients discover that their most difficult experiences and painful life events were their greatest opportunities for learning.

I am passionate about clients learning skills to reduce stress in their lives. Coping with significant stress in our society has become a devastating norm in daily life. Unmanageable stress aggravates preexisting conditions such as depression and anxiety and can be a contributing factor in triggering mental and physical health conditions.  It is well documented that stress increases one’s susceptibility to disease and a decreased life span.  Experts on stress agree that stress management is not enough; stress reduction or elimination of stress is critical to living a long, healthy life. 

As cliche as it sounds, the good news is that change is possible. Therapy is gaining popularity as an opportunity for developing insight and self-awareness. I have observed changes in the perception of mental health throughout my career, especially with youth. Valuing mental health along with physical health is a step in the right direction for future generations.  

I see an increased value placed of gaining self-awareness and learning skills for healthy living. When we change our behaviors and ways of thinking, we can begin to enjoy the life we are meant to live. 

If you are interested in learning more about my practice or in discussing the possibility of working together, please feel free to contact me for a phone consultation.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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