Dr. Meggan Hartman, PhD
Meggan's research for her doctorate in Clinical Psychology focused on the effects of culture on the development of the Maternal Identity. Through her pioneering fieldwork she found that for some mothers, the culturally prescribed way to parent can have a shaming effect on her, thus having the unintended effect of lowering her self-confidence in her parenting abilities. This can have a negative impact on how she defines herself as a mother and how she tends and cares for herself, and it can potentially limit her ability to creatively and spontaneously care for her child.
Meggan' s graduate work has been augmented by first completing her Masters in Transpersonal Psychology. She attended subsequent trainings including a two-year personal training with Angelique Millette (founder of the Millette Method), a year-long personal training with Angeles Arrien in the Four-Fold Way, and a year-long training in Psychosynethesis. In addition to these certificate trainings, Meggan has had intensive training and studies in Somatic Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Play Therapy, and Jungian Therapy.
Meggan's clinical work started with a two-year internship at the Child Therapy Institute of Marin. This gave her a deep understanding of family systems, play therapy, and a whole family approach to healing. Meggan has brought this approach into her current work with families.
Meggan spent 15 years of her career conducting wilderness self-discovery programs for youth and has a deep understanding of how the natural world can transform identity as well as how life experiences are the template for growth and change. Meggan worked for Outward Bound for eight years, where she was a trainer and program director for semester courses. While at Outward Bound she developed curriculum and ran character development workshops for teenagers, adults, and staff. She led international expeditions to Africa, Canada, Mexico, and Peru, as well as numerous adventure and skill-based trips across the United States.
The unifying insight gleaned from her work in graduate school, Child Therapy Institute, wilderness programs, and other trainings is that identity transformation or formation is a slow maturational process. With supportive facilitation and guidance, identities can be formed that are adaptable and responsive to a wide range of life scenarios.
The birth of her son put to test all of her training and life experiences. She felt the anxiety and confusion that many women can feel as they began their journey into motherhood. She read all of the “how to” books and found she was becoming overwhelmed and guilt-ridden about how to raise her child. She found plenty of dogmatic approaches, but none of these accounted for the nuances of her family life. She discovered that the most important journey into motherhood required her to find and trust her own intuition, i.e. develop a motherhood identity, that was able to respond to her family’s needs and allowed for the development of her capacities.
She is delighted to be working with parents helping their stories unfold.
Meggan lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and two children.
Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate Training