• Margaret Hoyne Brown

    Licensed Marriage Family Therapist


    1411 Marsh Street, Suite 201

    San Luis Obispo


  • About Margaret

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Victor Frankl

    Margaret Hoyne Brown, LMFT

    Marriage Family Therapist 81810



    Margaret guides her psychotherapy  sessions with the clarity of one who understands the depths of life’s challenges through her own rich life experience. She listens for the strengths and gifts of each person with a keen and compassionate ear. Her goal is to support others in trusting their instincts, receiving a true read on their emotions, setting healthy boundaries and taking a pro-active, rather than reactive approach to life. She also helps one to recognize and unwind from unhealthy patterns for coping with life's struggles. People who are overwhelmed and confused grow to use their own gifts and strengths in an authentic way to help them thrive in diverse aspects of their lives.


    Margaret appreciates great joy in supporting others through transformations. She is continuously engaged in emerging trends in psychology, as well as the world at large, because she understands that everything happening in the world today touches each of us in different ways.

    It is her intention to meet each person exactly where they are and help them get where they want to be for a well lived life.

    Accreditations and Certifications

    Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology

    Antioch University Santa Barbara


    Bachelor of Arts In Liberal Studies

    Psychology, History & Sociology

    University of California Santa Barbara


    Member of California Association of Marriage Family Therapists

    Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo


    EMDR Basic Training

    The EMDR Institute


    Enneagram Professional Training Program

    The Enneagram Institute


    Court Appointed Special Advocate

    CASA, Santa Barbara


  • “Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine,

    then keep on going.”

    ― Mary Oliver

  • Exploring How To Live Well -

    On Your own Terms


    Private Individual Sessions provide opportunities for...

    Creating what you want

    You don't have to walk alone ~

    • Does your work fill your spirit?
    • Are you filled with worry?
    • Do you feel misunderstood?
    • Stuck in a rut?



    Wish you had more ~?

    • Are you creating your dream?
    • Does financial ease need attention?
    • Are you having fun?
    • Do you want to make more of a difference?

    Being Alone

    Do you find yourself ~?

    • Considering possibilities?
    • Stop being angry around unfairness?
    • Get some confidential perspective?
  • Know Yourself

    Let's meet together on a journey of discovery...

    Personal Growth


    In person or

    Video Conferencing


    One on one conversations are a safe space where you can talk freely and openly about the things that challenge, concern and worry you. My sessions are easy going, realistic and pragmatic.


    You can expect our time together to be:

    • Engaging
    • Objective
    • Non-judgmental
    •  Insightful
    • Solution oriented
    • Meaningful
    • Psycho-educational
    • Supportive
    • Philosophical
    • Humor infused
    Initial consultation is no-fee to see if it's a good fit. If not, I will provide referrals considering your needs.

    Group Exploration

    Fun & Process

    To see if a group is for you, let's meet 1:1 to make sure it's a good fit for what you need and want.


    Feeling socially anxious is real when it comes to initially showing up for a group where we meet regularly and talk with unusual focus and openness about our emotional lives. Group therapy differs from a mere gathering of friends. It been reported it's worth it offering deep insight and kindness.


    Increase Your

    Meaningful &

    Purposeful Goals


    If you are feeling some lack of satisfying direction in your life, this self-help group is designed for that quest.


    You will identify your values and make concrete plans filling your life with meaningful and purposeful goals. As you work toward your unique value driven goals you will experience that which is truly valuable to you for a well-lived life on your own terms.




    Being A New Mom


    A weekly gathering of first time Mothers for connecting, psycho-education on infant development, and humorous relief from the daily doses of newborn reality.


    As a seasoned mother with adult children, I am a near expert in the challenges of raising children into reasonably emotionally stable toddlers who at times may eat real green food.




    Learning Journey


    The Enneagram


    Using the "Insight Approach" to the Enneagram you will learn:

    • What the Enneagram is and how it can take you on a journey of self-discovery.
    • What your personality type is to understand your unique core strengths and weaknesses for healthy relationships and work life balance.



  • Contact Margaret


    No-Fee Initial Consultation

    San Luis Obispo
    1411 Marsh Street, Suite 201
    Remote Sessions Available
    By Appointment Only
    No-fee Initial Consultation