Qualifications and Areas of Practice
Madeline is a licensed clinical social worker LCSW with experience working with individuals, families, and couples before joining CLS as an associate therapist. 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 is part of the Sex Esteem® model which includes a bio-psycho-spiritual-social assessment and treatment plan.
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 with porn, sex workers or strangers
- 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)
- Perimenopause 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 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.
Madeleine utilizes the Sex Esteem® model by providing education, therapeutic tools and readings/video resources when needed. Rather than using one method with all clients, CLS uses an integrative approach designed specifically for each client/couple’s needs. Included in the Sex Esteem® model are the specific techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Hakomi. In the initial assessment period, all CLS therapists explore how cultural, religious and familial experiences helped to shape a client’s beliefs about sexuality, relationship dynamics, thought patterns, and behavioral patterns. Through re-framing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, clients and couples can alter their lives in exquisitely meaningful ways. Specific home exercises are offered to clients to practice between sessions based on clients’ therapy goals.
Professional and Community Associations
Madeline is an active member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).