Hi, I'm Madeleine. I am a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #13746 and a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #139290, clinically supervised by Shana Burns, LMFT #53207. I am also certified in Somatic Psychotherapy and hold a MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a yoga instructor for over a decade. I have taught at many yoga studios in Santa Barbara including Yoga Soup, CorePower Yoga, and Yasa Yoga. My background in yoga has shown me that human beings are complicated, integrated beings, not disconnected parts. I believe that the mind and body are wholly interconnected.
I am a psychodynamic, psychoanalytically-minded psychotherapist and a big fan of human beings. My interest in the psyche began early in life when I found theater. In theater, embodying characters helped me connect with and uncover parts of myself that would likely be hidden otherwise. Theater helped me develop empathy for myself and others. Becoming different characters helped me get in touch with layers of myself and helped me develop empathy for others. Currently, I am actively involved with improv acting and find that tools learned in improv help to connect more deeply in the therapy room.