I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently in private practice where I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. My areas of expertise include Eating Disorders, Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, PTSD & Trauma; and the often co-occurring issues of Self-Harm, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, low self-esteem, and interpersonal difficulties. For more information on me and my practice please visit my website: https://www.madeleinebertin.com
Graduating from Smith College with a B.A. in psychology in 1997, I received my Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Washington in 2004. My 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. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and I hold licensure in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Washington State.
My work is informed by cutting-edge research in the fields of neuroscience, attachment theory, and affect regulation; as well as from my own personal experiences. I practice from a holistic lens, considering a person’s mind-body-spirit-environment. Using an integrative and person-centered approach I blend evidence-based, relational, and somatic approaches to tailor the therapeutic process to reflect your needs, strengths, and readiness for change. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1, and incorporate principles of Mindfulness into all aspects treatment.
My 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.
I hold 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, I place great emphasis on the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship and I consider it a privilege to accompany you on your journey towards healing.
In therapy my focus is to help you understand what is preventing you from finding empowerment, competency, and joy. I will work to help you discover your natural resources and facilitate processing on all three levels: sensorimotor, emotional, and cognitive, to create lasting change. I 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. I believe that everyone can find peace within and deserves to walk through life feeling whole. With empathy, support, skills, and humor I will work to help you find hope and healing. I look forward to getting to know you.