Margaret (Peg) McCormick is a nurse-psychotherapist and founder of McCormick Counseling, a practice specializing in working with individuals dealing with the emotional impact of physical or psychological illness and the questions these experiences raise. Through her training and education, her professional background and her life-experiences, Peg has come to understand that all aspects of one's life impact emotional well-being; that there are physical roots of emotional distress and emotional causes of physical illness.
Peg’s early career was spent as an OB/GYN nurse-practitioner working with families during their high-risk pregnancy, labor and delivery. While most births were uncomplicated and joyful, many were not. Her work with families experiencing loss moved her to try to find a way to make meaning out of difficult life experiences. Eventually, the aspect of nursing she loved most—‘being’ with her patients began to be replaced by ‘doing’ (paperwork, machines) and she took a break from one on one patient care.
A love of science prompted a career shift to the bio-pharmaceutical industry where she worked in the areas of women’s health, cancer, neurological diseases and multiple-sclerosis. Her unique ability to understand both the patient perspective and the science underlying the development of life-saving medicines, led to positions in patient advocacy relations in global pharmaceutical companies. Through this work, she brought the patient voice into the companies she worked for. Translating complex medical and scientific information into language patients found understandable was a skill she would take into her current work with people affected by cancer.
In 1998, Peg herself was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that was successfully treated with surgery and chemotherapy. Just one year earlier, she tragically lost her youngest child in a car accident. She credits her decades-long meditation practice with helping her through this emotionally devastating time. These and other life experiences led Peg to return to her questions about the meaning of such life-events and to enter into a transformative program of study at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Peg earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Minnesota, her masters in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her masters in transpersonal counseling psychology from Naropa University. She can be reached at 507-400-2778.