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Hi! I’m Margaret

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“The only journey is the one within,” said Rainer Maria Rilke.

I’m putting you on the spot by asking … You’re here because you’re searching for answers and seeking a change in your life. 

I invite you to embark on this journey. Embrace peace of mind, inner balance—the mindful way.

An extraordinary life begins with you.

I support change seekers—educators and influencers like you—to navigate lasting changes in life.

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About me

  • Author of two books on the effects of Falun Gong
  • Social scientist and self-funded researcher
  • Counselor, lifestyle mentor, & holistic wellness educator
  • Adept in living life based on ancient wisdom

My research focus

I explore the impact of Falun Gong to show how this spiritual meditation practice benefits and enriches the lives of numerous individuals in the United States and around the world.

My work

— Studying the health and wellness effects of Falun Gong and documenting the lived experiences of individuals from around the world who practice Falun Gong, ancient Chinese spiritual meditation practice.

Integrating Falun Gong into my counseling and lifestyle coaching practice. While working from two medical centers in Australia, I offered an integrative counseling support for those with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other stress-related issues.

— My integrative helping orientation entails embracing:

  • Truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance
  • A mind-body spiritual approach
  • Cultural awareness and spiritual sensitivity
  • Cherishing the values of congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathy

— Speaking at international conferences, local events, and giving online talks.

Dr. Trey co-presented a 90-minute session at the 2016 American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference in Montreal, Canada.

I’m dedicated to show how the mindful way of Falun Gong can benefit and enrich the lives of individuals and the American society. (As an independent researcher, all my activities, including conference trips and presentations are self-funded and without conflicting interests.)

Dr. Trey, with keynote speaker Associate Prof. Dr. Anasuya Jegathesan, at the International Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences, Aug 14-16, 2017, Singapore. She presented “Changing perceptions: An integrated approach with Falun Gong.”

Professional bio

Sarawak-born Australian Dr. Margaret Trey lives in scenic Mid-Hudson region north of New York City. Inspired by her late author granduncle, she majored in English at The University of Toronto and later completed counselor training, including the Doctor of counseling degree, at the University of South Australia, Adelaide.

Dr. Trey’s upbringing profoundly impacted her affinity for traditional culture. Her maternal grandfather was a 19th century-born Taoist cultivator, healer, and physician. From her mother, who passed away at 103 years old, Dr. Trey learned the spirit and wisdom of traditional Chinese culture.

An inherent respect for antiquated wisdom inspired Dr. Trey to train in oriental medicine, Zen shiatsu, Indian and Japanese Oki Do yoga, the yin-yang of foods, and Vipassana meditation—before she began practicing Falun Gong in 1997. Her family lineage and belief in mind-body-spiritual approach have enthused Dr. Trey’s integrated approach towards helping others.

She creates ripples—of hope and positivity—through speaking at various events and international conferences in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States, and through her writings.

Follow her on Pinterest @DrMtrey, Twitter @DrMtrey, and Safechat (MTrey) for anecdotes and reflections toward a mindful and wholesome lifestyle.


UnisaDoctor of Counselling
University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
UnisaMaster of Social Science (Counselling)
University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
UnisaPost-Graduate Diploma of Health Counselling
University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
U of T logoBachelor of Arts (English & Dramatic Literature)
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Other Training includes

 SA LogoCertificate IV in Community Services (Protective Care)
College for Learning & Development, Department for Families & Communities, Government of South Australia
AUS institute of Social relationsWorkplace Trainer & Assessor Course (Certificate IV in Training & Assessment)
Australian Institute of Social Relations
SA LogoWorkplace Staff Supervision Training & How to Manage Staff Under Stress
College for Learning & Development, Department for Families & Communities, Government of South Australia
SA LogoLeadership and People Management (Module 1 for Diploma in Frontline Management)
College for Learning & Development, Department for Families & Communities, Government of South Australia


American Counseling Association (ACA)

Past Membership

Counselling Association of South Australia (CASA)

Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)


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