Madison Rubin, LMHCA
Madison Rubin’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
The pleasures in life are unfortunately coupled with pains and struggles that each person faces. However, each person’s struggles are unique and deserve to be attended to with care and compassion. Throughout therapy there may be painful moments and uncomfortable challenges and it is my goal to be a support, offer skills and interventions, and encourage continued growth.
I work to build a therapeutic relationship that is trusting and transparent. I welcome questions, concerns and ideas in sessions and encourage feedback throughout the therapeutic process. Utilizing a person-centered approach, goals are centered on your identified concerns and session is structured in the way you find most beneficial.
I provide a welcoming, nonjudgmental space to explore challenges, identify strengths and helping you achieve the balance in life that you are striving for. I want to join with you to discover barriers, work to create solutions and celebrate successes.
I received my Master’s Degree from Lewis and Clark College which is accredited through CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs). My degree is in professional mental health counseling with a specialization in addictions. I have additional education and training in substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma work. I have been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) by the EMDR Institute and utilize this treatment to reduce or eliminate trauma related symptoms.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, puzzles, games, reading, cuddling up with my cat, and watching a good movie.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Eating disorders
- Substance use disorders
Q&A with Madison
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
As a person-centered therapist, I want therapy to be addressing the goals that you have for yourself. If there is something specific you are coming in wanting to work on, that is what we will spend our time on. If you are wanting to look into deeper issues we can create a space to do that. There may be times where I will inquire about your past to note the impact that previous experiences can have on current functioning but this will only occur with your permission and willingness to explore.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
Typically, I will follow your lead as I want to be focusing on your identified goals. There are times when my role is to encourage you to tolerate the discomfort that can occur in therapy but there will be open dialogue throughout session so that the intent or focus area is clear to both of us. However, if you are more comfortable with me leading sessions I am open to discussing this and able to provide structure and guidance through a session.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I believe a strength of mine is the ability to create a strong therapeutic relationship. I value to willingness of someone to engage in the therapeutic process and consider it an honor to hear each individuals’ experiences.
Transparency is another strength of mine. I make it a point to be as open and honest about my observations, role, and intent during session.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation for sure! I love traveling and exploring new places and could do it more often if I could just appear where I want to be. Plus I could maybe avoid sitting in traffic!
5.) What makes you laugh?
There are many things that make me laugh. I have friends and family that have fantastic senses of humor that make me laugh, my cats, funny videos, stand up comedy and tv shows to name a few.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
The first person that came to mind is Ellen DeGeneres. I think she would be a great dinner guest and able to share good conversation about a variety of topics while adding humor to the experience.