Qualifications and Areas of Practice
Madeline Cooper, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples and an associate therapist at Center for Love and Sex. Though Madeline is not related to Sari Cooper they share the same last name and a passion for helping individuals with general and sex therapy issues. Madeline is committed to challenge harmful beliefs and taboos surrounding sexuality and intimacy. She creates an intentional space where her client(s)’ sexual health, erotic pleasure and mental health are addressed with the same deep respect and care as a person’s physical wellbeing. This approach aligns with CLS’s model of a bio-psycho-spiritual-social treatment model through which issues are assessed and treated.
Her areas of specialty include:
- Low desire
- Discrepant desire within a couple
- Sexual Pain (Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia, Genito-Pelvic Pain or Penetration Disorder (Sexual Pain Disorder, Vaginismus)
- Erectile Disorder
- Premature or Rapid Ejaculation
- Delayed Ejaculation
- Performance anxiety
- Couples suffering from a breakdown in communication
- Infidelity (hookups, long term affairs, cheating with sex workers)
- Out of Control Sexual Behavior (compulsive porn use, addictive use of sex workers)
- LGBTQ individuals exploring gender identity and sexual orientation
- Navigating non-monogamy
- Polyamorous Relationships
- Kink interests that challenge individuals and/or couples/ partners
- Sexual Trauma Recovery (Childhood Sexual Abuse, Rape, Boundary Crossings, Sexual Harassment)
- Infertility induced Sexual Issues for Couples
- Post-Labor Sexual Issues (pain with intercourse, low/no libido)
- Peri-menopause and Menopause related Sexual Problems (Low Libido, Painful Intercourse)
In addition to sexual and intimacy related issues, Madeline treats clients with a wide range of general psychotherapy issues, including:
- Familial Stressors and Boundary-related issues
- ADHD, Executive Functioning Issues
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Clinical Depression
- Low Self-Esteem
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety and Agoraphobia
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Madeline graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and received her M.S.W. at Columbia University. She is currently in post-graduate training in the Sexual Health Sex Therapy Program at University of Michigan. Madeline has specialized training in Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) to help guide her work with individuals with PTSD, in addition to CBT for general anxiety related issues.
Madeline ensures that each client feels their therapy sessions are conducted in a non-judgmental atmosphere, aware that many clients have experienced internal and perhaps external shaming for their desires and beliefs. She is supportive, empathic as well as active in each session, opting to challenge patterns that are not helping the couple or individuals and offering new lenses and techniques to address the disorders and/or habits that are causing them distress. Clients have remarked on how connected they feel in sessions with her and how her advice and interventions made critical differences in their lives. Madeline utilizes a strengths-based approach to support a client/couple’s autonomy and guides them to create new relational habits and at times pursue medical treatment in order to live a more most authentic relationship.
With years of experience working in outpatient mental health, Madeline is well-versed in a large variety of therapeutic approaches with couples and individuals. She approaches issues from a bio-psychosocial lens giving education, therapeutic tools and readings or video resources when needed. Rather than using one method with all clients, she is integrative in her approach and tailors her treatment techniques for each client/couple depending on their specific needs. Madeline’s approaches include psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and mindfulness. In the initial assessment period, she explores how cultural, religious and familial experiences helped to shape their beliefs about sexuality, relationship dynamics, thought patterns, and behavioral patterns which they now want to change due to the distress they cause. Madeline introduces and teaches clients the significant techniques of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness models. Through re-framing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors clients and couples can alter their lives in exquisitely meaningful ways. Home exercises are given to clients at the end of some sessions for couples and individuals to practice at home towards clients’ unique goals.
Professional and Community Associations
Madeline is an active member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).