Every person has the capacity to thrive.
Transformational growth emerges from life’s challenges.
Effective mental health therapy helps you embark on a journey through adversity toward a compelling, positive sense of purpose and competence.
Madison Counseling Services
Therapists serving people of every age, race, gender or sexual orientation in the Madison, WI area.
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The difficulties that bring people to therapy or counseling involve an interplay between the inner world and what is occurring in life. Growth and change are a constant, exciting part of being alive. But change rarely happens smoothly; there tend to be periods of struggle, then periods of ease. Difficulty or pain, however it manifests, is a call to become more conscious of your personal evolution, and active in shaping its course. Your distress may indicate you have "outgrown" life as you have known it, or that your life is demanding you step up into new skills. Either one can inspire positive growth!
Our holistic, life-affirming therapy approach considers each of these components as we work to clarify the issues, identify successful interventions, generate effective coping strategies, and support the emotions that accompany meaningful change. We strive to catalyze positive change by putting you in charge of your therapeutic experience.
To that end, our Madison psychotherapists use an eclectic range of modern psychology techniques, including CBT, DBT, EMDR, insight oriented, interpersonal, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, narrative, solution focused and systems based.
Serving all types of relationships: monogamous, "monogamish," polyamorous, LGBTQ, heteroflexible, heterosexual, platonic.
Every pairing has challenges. Sometimes life challenges like infertility or illness arrive unannounced. Other times difficulties emerge between a couple — conflict, sexual incompatibility, an affair. If each individual is constantly growing and changing (as we all are), how does this play out when two people are closely linked, looking to each other to meet primary needs? Every couple brings the complexities of two individuals, each with his or her own family, history, assumptions, blind spots, passions, and aversions. In other words, "It’s Complicated!" We believe just as disruption in the individual can signal normal evolution, trouble in a relationship may herald a need to grow into a new space. As Bob Marley says, we’re going to get hurt — not by malice, but by the reality that our never-ending maturation and emergence into fuller expressions of ourselves is a messy process. Whatever stage your relationship is in, learning will help you master the psychological challenges and continue to grow together.
We treat the family as an emotional unit. Because children are not separate from family, any time a child is in therapy, the counseling treatment is for the whole family. It is crucial to view the system as a whole, and, without blame or judgment, to understand what is being expressed about the whole system by the family member in the office. We all progress individually along our lifespan, and your family configuration continually morphs and shifts as a result. Change in any individual affects the family as a whole. We understand family relationships to be one of the most important factors in psychological health, and support real, positive change through working not just with individuals as separate entities, but with the patterns of interaction among family members.
With a rate of approximately 50%, we view divorce as a “normal” life event. Many relationships have a natural life span, and when they reach the end, it does not mean the marriage was a failure, or a mistake. While unavoidably painful and difficult, especially when there are children in the family, there is no reason the end of a marriage has to be damaging or destructive to anyone involved. When divorce is a humane process that promotes the well-being of all parties and is built upon cooperation, collaboration, communication, and careful planning, it can leave both the couple and the children positioned to transition into the next phase of life from a place of strength rather than devastation. Let us help you toward this path!
There are many different kinds of divorce, and the way you approach this normal life event will have enormous influence on you financially and emotionally. We strive to educate people about all their options and can help you determine the best choice for you and your family.
Working as a Madison psychotherapist can be a very lonely undertaking. No one is in the room with you, and suddenly all the study and practice may feel insufficient for the task at hand: sitting with another human, charged with understanding and helping that person.
We offer Psychotherapy Supervision to individuals and groups, for both fully credentialed and practicing clinicians, as well as those still in training. Even when training is complete, the benefits of meeting regularly to discuss cases with an experienced clinician are manifold.
Our Madison Therapists
When you hire a therapist, you are selecting a guide to encourage and lead you through the labyrinthine complexity of being human and alive. Our skilled clinicians are familiar with the range of human emotions, patterns of thought and behavior, and ways your brain and emotions can mislead and confuse you. We are able to see things outside of your view, and can help you identify themes and make connections to sharpen your understanding of where you are and how you can move to where you want to be.
The effectiveness of psychotherapy rests on a proper fit between you and your therapist. Because of this, we encourage you to consider your first session an opportunity to evaluate that fit. You are hiring for an important position, and it is the first part of moving forward to be active in that process. All of us are happy to talk through this with you. We invite you to begin a dialogue with us to address your concerns and start you on the path to where you want to be.
All Westside Psychotherapists are LGBTQIA+ friendly. We welcome clients of every shape, size, color, nationality, religion, culture, status, profession, lifestyle, etc. It is our commitment to treat each individual with respect and care.
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Physical & Mailing Address
4513 Vernon Blvd., Suite 17
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 236-4460
Fax: (608) 236-4461
Westside PSYCHOTHERAPY Locations
16 N Carroll St
Madison, WI 53703
4513 Vernon Blvd.
Madison, WI 53705
414 D’onofrio Dr
Madison, WI 53719