Meredith T. Whelan,
Commitment: I have been honored to be a psychotherapist and work with people on healing, personal transformation, growth, and mental health and well-being for 25 years in the Madison area. I believe that “in all things there is a hidden wholeness.” Symptoms and distressing patterns of behavior are often, at their core, attempts at wholeness. I begin therapy from this premise and work to identify and strengthen your internal and external resources to support the healing and change you want to make. Through my experience, I trust that people can be amazingly resilient even when facing great pain. Psychotherapy is a process of exploring the deep questions of inner truth and following a path toward greater integration and wholeness.
Therapy for adults, couples, college age:
• Overcome depression and anxiety
• Heal from childhood sexual, physical, emotional abuse
• Recover from trauma
• Respond to medical or life-threatening diagnoses
• Strengthen self-esteem
• Improve communication skills
• Develop positive ways to care for yourself
• Understand past patterns of behavior and relationships in order to make more conscious choices in the present
• Develop greater resilience
• Integrate your sense of identity, purpose, and values into your life choices to feel more fulfilled
• Learn skills and practices that increase happiness and well-being
I work with both understanding patterns of behavior to make more conscious choices in the present as well as focusing on managing the current distress with practical strategies in order to move forward. I use a broad range of tools for resolving past trauma including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I am trained in Interpersonal Neurobiology by Daniel Siegel, MD (www.drdansiegel.com) as a model for mental health and well-being. Interpersonal Neurobiology combines mindfulness practices and neuroscience to promote the integration and regulation of the embodied nervous system as well as to strengthen healthy interpersonal relationships and communication. Research on the neuroplasticity of the brain shows us that we can, in fact, re-wire the brain at any point in our lives to promote greater well-being.
Neurofeedback also known as EEG Biofeedback is a process of training the braining using EEG technology. Using this technology, your brain is able to learn new patterns that can:
- relieve depression
- lower anxiety
- improve focus
- lower distractibility
- lower symptoms of ADHD/ADD
- treat the effects of trauma
- improve sleep
- improve flexibility in moving between states
Neuroplasticity means that our experiences change our brains. When we practice something repeatedly, we can make changes in the brain that are long-lasting. Neurofeedback reads the EEG brainwaves in your brain and then creates a feedback loop so that you can train your brain into new patterns. The feedback loop, in the form of a video game, allows your brain to learn how to be more calm, present, focused, aware, and positive. In order to make these changes lasting, you will need to make a commitment to regular appointments 1-2 times per week. While you will likely experience changes in the first sessions, to make the changes last you will likely need 15-40 or more sessions, depending on the person and issues to address. While I do not see children in psychotherapy at this time, I do work with children with neurofeedback. I do not bill insurance for Neurofeedback and it is typically not covered by insurance. Since it is self-pay only, it is an investment of your time and resources. However, it may be a worthwhile investment in your health and well-being.
Collaborative Divorce www.collabdivorce.com is a process of non-adversarial divorce that focuses on minimizing harm and maximizing the well-being of all involved during a difficult time of transition and family re-structuring. The collaborative divorce team assists the couple in all aspects of the divorce including addressing the needs of the children, placement schedules, financial agreements and division of property and assets through collaboration while keeping the well-being of the children in particular focus. I work both as a divorce coach and as a child specialist.
Telephone Coaching may be an option for you to improve life balance, navigate transitions and life changes, and achieve goals. Coaching is not psychotherapy and does not treat mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is not covered by medical insurance.
Workshop I teach a 6-week workshop entitled “Happiness: An Owner’s Manual” focusing on practices and skills that increase happiness.
- Former co-author of Psyche and Spirit, an online newsletter focusing on clergy self-care and the psychological aspects of ministry
- Past member of Rape Crisis Center, Board of Directors
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Foster Parent
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Wisconsin and Massachusetts
- MSW Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA www.smith.edu
- EMDR, level II certified
- Interpersonal Neurobiology, levels I, III
- Collaborative Divorce Practitioner
- Member National Association of Social Workers, www.socialworkers.org