Madeline Bales, LMHC, CMHS

Madeline Bales

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As a therapist, my mission is to help individuals find the strength and resources within themselves to improve their emotional well-being, enhance their interpersonal relationships, and regain control of their lives. An important part of my job is to earn your trust. I do this by creating a warm and inviting atmosphere where you feel accepted unconditionally. My greatest hope is that, through working together, you will feel seen, accepted, and empowered to create the world you want to live in. My professional and educational background has afforded me the opportunity to help individuals with a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns. My experiences vary from counseling adults with trauma and relationship difficulties to working with children and their families around challenging behaviors. My approach reflects my personality of lightheartedness, humor, and authenticity.

Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, discovering new Thai restaurants, and going to the movies. I recently moved to the Portland area with my husband and dog, Kirby.

Specialties and areas of focus

  • Play Therapy
  • Children/Teens
  • Families
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Grief/Loss
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions

Q&A with Madeline

1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?

My clients tend to find that exploring past experiences often give them insight on the more immediate problems showing up for them. This allows the client to better understand themselves and what they need in the present.

2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

My style is flexible depending on the client and the presenting concern. I welcome input and collaboration from each client on what feels comfortable to them. I tend to be more directive with families to focus the session on identified goals.

3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?

Clients have told me that I am caring, genuine, and easy to talk to. I adapt my approach to each client’s unique needs and view the client as the expert of their own experience. I am often seeking out new knowledge and learning new techniques to provide the best care.

4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

To slow down time so I could continue reading or watching TV without affecting my sleep schedule!

5.) What makes you laugh?

My Pembroke Welsh Corgi is often a source of laughter in my home. I also love standup comedy and funny movies.

6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?

I would like to have dinner with my great grandparents to better understand my family history and where I come from.