Animal assisted and nature based psychotherapy


“Would you tell me, please,

which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on

where you want to get to."

"I don't much care where –"

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Maggie earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), Palo Alto, California, blending traditionally successful psychological approaches, such as EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Emotion Focused Therapy, your unique spiritual beliefs, and creative and wilderness therapies

Maggie has undergone her own therapy over time to overcome a debilitating spinal injury, anorexia/bulimia, and grief after the death of her father. "My own therapy helped me to surface the truths and passions of my spirit. It has helped me to know intimately, and choose, my unique path. I don’t believe it’s possible to set an example of healing for others if I am not engaged in the process of healing for myself."  

Raised in Colorado, Maggie has returned to the Rocky Mountains after 20 years away in mostly the Caribbean and Hawaii. It has been her path to assist clients and families of all ages with trauma, grief, adjustment and transition extended from a compassionate and safe office setting by means of wilderness and creative therapies -- from accompanying clients interactive snorkeling with manta rays and dolphins to snowshoeing under a full moon. Maggie is passionate about psychology, writing, film that bridges all cultures in a collective spirit, the songs of palms and pines as they are orchestrated in the world by the moon, and all creatures under the sea. Maggie believes in the transformational power of healing by way of compassionate dialogue that only comes with trust, play, and exploration of self in nature -- be it with a snorkel and turtle friends in sapphire water or atop a mountain covered in white nearly to the sky.                             

                        maggie m. McDanal, m.A., LPCC,