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Dr. Melody Madaris, LCPC

Addictions Trauma, Abuse Bipolar disorder Depression Coping with life changes
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About me


I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 14 years of experience. I have spent the bulk of my career working with individuals suffering from trauma, substance abuse, and bipolar disorders. I am able to relate to individuals on a very personal level which typically builds a strong connection of trust. I manage a staff of over 60 individuals at a community mental health center where I am the administrator over co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health). I manage a residential treatment facility, 6 outpatient co-occurring programs, a 24-hour mobile crisis program, an employee assistance program, mental health awareness program, and a substance abuse prevention program.

I fully believe that in order to make things in our lives better we must learn how to take charge and change those things that are causing us problems. If change was just as easy as saying "lets change this", the counseling profession wouldn't be around. We all need help targeting the part of our lives where change needs to occur and we need help in starting and maintaining that change.

I hope I am able to help you along this road to wellbeing!

Professional experience

14yrs in practice
Addictions Trauma, Abuse Bipolar disorder Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Grief, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body image, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, First Responder Issues, HIV / AIDS, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Panic disorder and panic attacks, Post-traumatic stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

IL LCPC 180012142


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Melody Madaris. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Dr. Madaris is fantastic. Enjoy our meetings and her work.

Written on Oct 03, 2023 after therapy with Melody for 2 months on issues concerning anger management

Dr.Madaris is a pleasure to work with. She made me feel comfortable right from the start. She is very accommodating with my schedule given I’m in a different time-zone. When I have strong emotions she is able to help me to gain a really
Good perspective on a situation and put me at ease. I would absolutely recommend dr. Madaris to anyone who is seeking support in a wide range of areas as her experience has allowed for her to work in a variety of complex situations and environments.

Written on Jul 18, 2023 after therapy with Melody for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd