Meredith T. Whelan
Clinical Social Worker
Meredith is not currently accepting new clients.
I have been honored to be a psychotherapist and work with adults, couples, and college age individuals on healing, personal transformation, growth, and mental health and well-being for 27 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.
Collaboratively, I can help you to:
- Overcome depression and anxiety
- Recover from trauma
- 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 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.
My practice is 100% telehealth via a HIPAA secure platform that includes both audio and video (much like a Zoom or FaceTime call, but it's HIPAA compliant). Telehealth is convenient, comfortable, and effective. If you are considering using insurance, check with your insurer on their telehealth coverage as insurance policies vary. You can simultaneously verify if I am a provider within your network.
- 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 http://www.smith.edu/
- EMDR, level II certified
- Interpersonal Neurobiology, levels I, III
- Collaborative Divorce Practitioner
- Member National Association of Social Workers, http://www.socialworkers.org/