Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Not accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Couples counseling
- Relationship challenges
- Anxiety and depression
- Stomach pain due to anxiety
- Identifying obstacles to thriving
- Evolutionary astrology
- Sessions in English and Spanish
- Developing trust in your innate capacity to make good decisions
- Existential challenges
- Healing from trauma
- LGBTQ and gender identity issues
- Transgender topics
Madeleine Pluhar is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in anxiety, depression, couples counseling, and evolutionary astrology. She uses her professional skills and relentless optimism to support your healing and growth. Madeleine’s relational approach engages you with compassion, non-judgment and sensitivity.
In her work with couples, Madeleine helps you interrupt the patterns of distress that are driving you apart and recreate the loving bond you both long for. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy will enrich your relationship, foster the skills you need to sustain it and lead you to greater joy.
In individual therapy, Madeleine helps you recognize the causes of your depression and/or anxiety. You will learn essential skills such as how to: identify and heal internalized obstacles to thriving; decrease anxiety immediately, including stomach pain; have trust in your innate capacity to make good decisions; show up fully when important relationships feel threatened or threatening. Drawing from her expertise in the body-based therapies of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy you will discover the wisdom of your body and find reliable guidance within.
Evolutionary Astrological counseling provides spectacularly refined and detailed insight into you, including the karmic fingerprints from the past life time so that you can better navigate life’s challenges and achieve optimum happiness.
Madeleine’s favorite strengths include her knowledge base, her personal attunement to you and her faith that you have limitless potential.
Sessions are available in English and Spanish.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, stress from work or personal life; building immediate tools for decreasing anxiety, including stomach pain.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, lack of motivation, poor sense of worth, difficulty in important relationships, including trouble sustaining them
Couples counseling – For couples who want to stay together but are at their wits end because of a pattern of tension that leaves them disconnected, frustrated, and hopeless
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, or an important relationship; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Trauma – Including past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Transgender topics – Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership
- United Health
- Individual sessions: $150/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Madeleine can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"My goal for you is that every session causes movement in your life; that you leave the visit having gained something valuable. I value your individuality - which enables me to attune to you, personally and tailor our work to your needs. I appreciate the challenges of your journey, so I hear you with compassion and non-judgment. You have limitless potential to heal and grow. When it comes to your ability to grow, as an individual or as a couple, I am a tireless optimist. My optimism is fueled by the proven skills and strategies I've learned over time, as well as a clinical knowledge base grounded in the latest research. I have profound faith in you. Whatever the hurdles are you are facing, they offer you an opportunity to heal and grow. I'm here to ensure you do. Call me. I'll help!"
For couples: "If you are a couple struggling with tensions that leave you feeling frustrated, drained and lonely, you’re at a critical point in your relationship. Basing our work in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, I can help. EFT has the remarkable ability to insure that each of you is supported as we explore the patterns of distress that arise for you as a couple, how to interrupt them, and how to recreate a loving bond with one another. The process will enrich your relationship, foster the skills that keep it connected when tension looms and lead you two to greater joy."
For individuals: "If you are going through something that you’re having a hard time understanding, I can help. Life may not be turning out the way you expected and you may wonder where you went wrong. You may feel depressed or anxious. Maybe your stomach bothers you and doctors haven’t been able to help. I’ll be with you in a spirit of compassion, non-judgment and mutuality."
Emotionally Focused Couple TherapyFocuses on building secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members with the goal of increasing security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Sensorimotor PsychotherapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (learn more)
Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT)
Education and work experience
Private practice, 2002 - Present
Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center, 1998 - 2003
St. Anne's Homes, 1997 - 1998
Lesley College, Academic Advisor, 1992 - 1995
Smith School for Social Work, MSW, 1997
Lesley College, BS, 1992