Madeleine Mears

Therapeutic Orientation & Techniques

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy 


Areas of Specialty

Depression & Anxiety
Disordered Eating & Body Image
Dating & Relationships
Life Transitions
Adolescent’s Concerns
Women’s Concerns

Professional Background

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL, conferred May 2022

B.S. in Business Administration, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Locations: Virtual Illinois, In-Office Chicago

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Clinical Residency: June 2021 – May 2022

What makes you, you?

While this is a small question, it exposes a core question we all face: Who am I and why am I here?  Like any great story, yours probably is filled with moments of true joy and awe, as well as valleys of anger, fear, and anxiety. But more often then not, these negative emotions can creep into every facet of your life and can cause your whole worldview and self-image to shift towards the negative. So what is really true about you? The negative beliefs about yourself? These can feel “more true” than reality.  

Reality: You matter. You are worthy of health, hope and a way forward even when one doesn’t seem available. Regardless of your circumstance, I encourage you to show up in life as who you are.

Beginning therapy is a courageous step, and thankfully not one you take alone! In sessions, we will work together to build an authentic and trusting relationship that is the catalyst for change & growth. We discuss and look at your unique life experiences. Sometimes sessions can bring up sadness where it is okay to cry, and just as often we may laugh together. All emotions are welcome without judgement! In therapy, we’ll sift through the most joy-filled and heart-wrenching moments of your life. Our conversations are the catalyst to discover the hidden thoughts and attitudes you have regarding yourself. Our goal in therapy is to work through any anxiety, pain or sadness you are experiencing and unveil your beautiful and unique story.

While I work with people around a variety of concerns, I have a passion towards women’s unique relationships with their bodies in our culture. Body dysmorphia is when a person internally views their body in a negative light that is often not true in reality. As a holistic therapist, I work with people’s thought and emotional life alongside their relationship with their own body.

I know first-hand the power of an authentic therapeutic relationship. In my personal experience, I have found therapy to be very empowering and life giving. I hope to bring these same empowering feelings to my clients as we build a relationship that can withstand all of life’s trials. 

Ready to questions if your perception of your life is reality? Please reach out to me today and we can explore it together!

"My loneliness can feel daunting and isolating. It really helped me to have someone collaborate on my relationships with people, but more than anything it felt great to simply connect with another person."

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