Margaret Kajeckas has a Bachelor's degree in English from Yale College, a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from George Mason University. Margaret is pursuing certification in Theraplay and is scheduled to receive training in Sand Therapy, Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy and treating children with sexual behavior problems.
In her 25-year career, Margaret has always worked to improve the lives of children and families. She started by working for the US Congress on education and child nutrition policy. She then lived in Africa for 13 years working on education and child health projects. She is excited to use her new skills as a psychotherapist to help children, adolescents and their caregivers live happier, less anxious and more fulfilling lives. As a social work student, Margaret interned at the Phillips School in Annandale counseling children and adolescents dealing with PTSD, anxiety, poor impulse control, attachment issues and low self-esteem using play and sand therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, talk therapy, mindfulness and art making.
Margaret serves on the board of Formed Families Forward, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs in the Northern Virginia area. She is delighted for the opportunity to work at the Gil Institute under the supervision of Jennifer Hannett, to continue learning and serving families. Margaret believes that healthy connections are life-giving and healing, and that change is always possible.