Madeleine E. Bertin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently in private practice where she provides psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Her areas of expertise include Eating Disorders, PTSD/Trauma & Attachment wounds, and Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders; and the often-co-occurring issues of Self-Harm, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, low self-worth, and interpersonal difficulties. For more information on Madeleine’s practice please visit her website: https://www.madeleinebertin.com
Graduating from Smith College with a B.A. in psychology in 1997, Madeleine received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Washington in 2004. Her employment experience has spanned multiple settings including the Foster Care System, residential services for children & adolescents, an outpatient trauma clinic, and two hospital-based eating disorder programs. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and holds licensure in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Washington State.
Madeleine’s work is informed by cutting-edge research in the fields of neuroscience, somatic psychology, attachment theory, and affect regulation; as well as from her own personal experiences. She practices from a holistic lens, considering a person’s mind-body-spirit-environment. Using an integrative and person-centered approach Madeleine blends evidence-based, relational, and somatic approaches to tailor the therapeutic process to reflect your needs, strengths, and readiness for change. Madeleine’s training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She incorporates principles of Mindfulness into all aspects of treatment.
Madeleine’s therapeutic philosophy is based upon the belief that people instinctually aspire towards growth, creativity, connection, and exploration. However, life experiences (i.e.: trauma, disrupted attachment) in combination with genetic predispositions can lead to unhealthy behaviors and relational patterns that are often difficult to recognize and change on our own.
Madeleine holds fast to the belief that humans are meant to be in connection with others. Through relationships we regulate and learn about ourselves, others, and the world. Isolation is a recurrent theme among those who are in distress. As such, she places great emphasis on the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship and considers it a privilege to accompany you on your journey towards healing.
In therapy Madeleine’s focus is to help you understand what is preventing you from finding empowerment, competency, and joy. She will work to help you discover your natural resources and facilitate processing on all three levels: sensorimotor, emotional, and cognitive, to create lasting change. Madeleine will treat you as the unique, individual person you are, taking into consideration the many different systems at play in your life, all while providing a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space conducive to insight and change. Madeleine believes that everyone can find peace within and deserves to walk through life feeling whole. With empathy, support, skills, and humor she will work to help you find hope and healing.