Psychotherapy Services by Annette E Madison MSW LCSW

Annette E Madison MSW LCSW offers a wealth of experience and training in various therapeutic traditions. Patients receive a holistic approach to treatment. It is not uncommon for those suffering from mental illness to have a complex set of mental, physical, spiritual and perspective-based issues which compound one another. Our clinic offers interactive healing and can create a treatment program that is tailored specifically for each client. The following is a brief overview of many mental wellness therapies offered by Annette E Madison MSW LCSW.

Milwaukee Group Psychotherapy

Groups usually consist of six to ten members who have been carefully selected by the therapist who will facilitate the sessions. Just as therapists are committed to confidentiality, group members must also be willing to maintain the privacy of what is shared in the group sessions. The natural empathy and altruism brought to the sessions by participants is what spurs the healing process, and the empowering nature of Milwaukee Group Psychotherapy allows patients to take a more active role in their therapeutic process. Those who have experienced similar trauma may all benefit from the Milwaukee Group Psychotherapy offered at Annette E Madison MSW LCSW.

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Milwaukee Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Milwaukee CBT explores thoughts and actions that keep patients trapped in self-defeating patterns. The Milwaukee Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Annette E Madison MSW LCSW consists of a fixed number of sessions which normally range from eight to twenty; occasionally, a patient may require a lesser or greater number of sessions to receive the maximum benefits of this therapy. This is an action-oriented treatment, and patients are usually given assignments to complete between sessions. Over the course of the therapy, the patient learns to recognize and replace self-defeating thoughts and actions with more realistic and positive ones. This therapy is frequently used to treat anxiety disorders, certain mood disorders, and insomnia.

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Milwaukee Behavior Therapy

Milwaukee Behavior Therapy is a structured form of therapy that works to create objective and measurable changes in the patient’s daily life. The therapy works by employing a system of reward for positive action, and much of the Milwaukee Behavior Therapy’s healing work is done directly by the patient outside of the therapy sessions. The goal of this therapy is to clear the environmental roadblocks that can prevent one from nurturing the life the heart’s deepest desires. The old refrain of, “some day, I will” is replaced by “today, I am”. In addition to helping many patients create a more satisfying life, this therapy is remarkably effective for those with developmental disorders who are not able to participate in therapies requiring a greater level of self-awareness.

Milwaukee Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), also called Solution-Focused Therapy, Solution-Building Practice therapy was developed by Steve de Shazer (1940-2005), and Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007) and their colleagues beginning in the late 1970’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the name suggests, SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy.

Since that early development, SFBT has become one of the leading schools of brief therapy. Described as a practical, goal-driven model, a hallmark of SFBT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations. The SFBT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.

All therapy is a form of specialized conversations. With SFBT, the conversation is directed toward developing and achieving the client’s vision of solutions. Most people have previously solved many, many problems and probably have some ideas of how to solve the current problem.

Even when a client does not have a previous solution that can be repeated, most have recent examples of exceptions to their problem. These are times when a problem could occur, but does not. A previous solution is something that the family has tried on their own that has worked, but later discontinued. An exception is something that happens instead of the problem, often spontaneously and without conscious intention. The questions asked by SF therapists are usually focused on the present or on the future. This reflects the basic belief that problems are best solved by focusing on what is already working, and how a client would like their life to be, rather than focusing on the past and the origin of problems.

Milwaukee Play Therapy

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on normal communicative and learning processes of children (Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002; O’Connor & Schaefer, 1983). Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings fails. Toys work like the child’s works and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Through play, therapists help children learn adaptive behaviors (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005). A positive relationship develops between therapists and children. This provides a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing (Moustakas, 1997). Play therapy differs from regular play. Therapists help children address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world (Axline, 1947); Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem solving skills, and learn new ways of relating. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and facilitates developmentally appropriate expression of thoughts and feelings. Annette E Madison MSW LCSW is committed to offering our clients the most effective treatment available, and integrative techniques create a program suited to holistic treatment for each individual patient.

Milwaukee Faith Based Therapy

Faith-Based Counseling is an approach to therapy in which the insights of theology and spirituality are integrated with the principles of modern behavioral science to help individuals, couples, families, groups and institutions achieve wholeness and health. Faith-based counseling is a holistic approach as beliefs are fundamental to effecting change. Faith-based counseling provides hope, provides forgiveness (mercy & grace), and integrates religious beliefs into life’s circumstances. Annette E Madison MSW LCSW has a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, is an ordained and endorsed Pastoral Counselor. Annette E Madison MSW LCSW understands the importance of faith and spiritual resources in arriving at solutions and is committed to working with each client to make the best use of their faith tradition in getting their lives back on track.

If you have been referred to Annette E Madison MSW LCSW by another health professional, or if you feel that either you or a loved one may benefit from one of the many therapeutic practices offered by Annette E Madison MSW LCSW, please contact us today for an appointment.