Margaret L. Conley, LCSW, MDiv,CCISM, CAMS, CDWF
Growing up in an emotionally and physically abusive home pushed me into studying human behavior and how we are “wired” as individuals, families, and communities. My mother was physically ill which led to a depressed state also making it impossible for her to care for herself or protect me. My father was mentally sick with a combination of personal trauma, grief and loss and Post Trauma from combat. My father’s issues along with my mother’s bouts of depression made it hard to maintain emotional wellness in our home. Growing up in this environment, where my house was not safe and lack of community resources for families dealing with both physical and mental illness where scarce, I desired to create a space that would allow me to heal and provide healing for others in similar situations. I was seeking something that would give place to both the victimized and the victimizer to repair and Amend to move forward with LIFE.
My search for understanding led me to the field of forensic/clinical social work and clinical pastoral care where I have spent the last ten years looking at trauma and resilience for both the lens of the victim and the victimizer. This work has allowed me to focus on how our communities are influenced by church, families and the stability of the Community’s Mental Health. My educational endeavors include a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Valdosta State University; Masters in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Divinity from The Interdenominational Theological Center.
My focus is”Mending Life Concepts” and creating space to allow others to AMEND to BE their best selves! I believe in meeting people where they are, seeking solutions and using problem-solving methods for daily life issues. I think that mending and making amends will bring success to individuals, provide healing for families and cause communities to regenerate and thrive.
I believe that everyone is recovering from something and seeking to recover something overall. I want to help you mend your mind, mend your life and recover a health state of emotional wellness so that walking in your truth can be done unapologetically!