Madeline Falk, MA, LMFT

madeline@affinitypsych.com

Hi! I’m Madeline Falk, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My work spans a broad range of clients including couples, families, and individual children, adolescents, and adults. I have significant experience working in early childhood mental health with children 0-5 and their families, where I focus on both parenting skills and emotional regulation for children. I am also trained in the Gottman method for working with couples. Areas of expertise in my practice are relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and helping people and families through transitional moments.

I received my undergraduate degree from UW Eau-Claire and my Master’s at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

How I Work

I am trained to think systemically, meaning I think about you as an individual but also you in the context of the many relationships in your life. Taking a broader view of your world allows me to better understand your experiences and explore with you areas of struggle. It also gives you a safe space to stop and think about your experiences from a wider lens. This can bring insight and awareness in those times when you are feeling “stuck” in a pattern or a rut.

I am a person-centered therapist, meaning I want you to be the driver of your therapy to create your own goals to build on the life you want and the person you want to be. I will partner with you to explore factors and barriers to you becoming you best self. I want you to feel comfortable and confident in being your authentic self in our sessions together as well as your day to day.

In couple relationships I utilized the Gottman method to explore conflict and build your conflict management skills and effective communication. I can be directive at times, calling out patterns of interaction and behavior that could be damaging to your relationship.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Therapy is a deeply personal experience. What fits for one person may not fit for another. What I believe makes me unique as a therapist is my ability to be fully present and authentically myself as a therapist. I work hard to make time in my office a safe space for exploration and growth. I want you to be fully yourself and I wouldn’t expect you to do that if I’m not fully mine.

Therapy is a journey, and I am looking forward to walking that journey with you. Feel free to reach out to me personally, or you can go ahead and schedule your first appointment now.

Issues I Treat:

  • ADHD
  • Behavioral issues
  • Trauma
  • Divorce
  • Oppositional defiance
  • Prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions

Populations I Serve:

  • Children (5 and older), adolescents, and adults
  • Families in conflict
  • Distressed relationships
  • Kids with social or emotional struggles
  • Overwhelmed parents
  • Families created through adoption
  • Individuals experiencing uncertainty or self-doubt in their relationships
  • Pre-marital couples

Professional background:

Education

  • Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy – St. Mary’s University
  • BA in Psychology and Family Studies – University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Trainings

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • DC 0-5 (Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood)
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous Employment

  • Therapy Connections
  • Family, Adolescents and Children’s Therapy Services

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LMFT#3331