Madelyn J. Rini
I received my Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2012. I continued my education at Kent State University where I studies Clinical Mental Health Counseling, receiving my Master of Education degree in 2015. While attending my master’s program I had the opportunity to work in a Youth Shelter that focused heavily on at risk youth and specialized in providing treatment for children convicted of sexual crimes. This job sparked my interest in trauma and how childhood trauma can have a great impact on development.
Upon graduation, my duty as a military spouse brought me to Virginia where I began to pursue my license as a professional counselor. It was on this journey to licensure where I found my true passion for working with children. I spent the past three years working in the Hampton Roads community primarily with at risk youth and their families in the school and home settings. It is my belief that by empowering children and providing them with tools to support emotional growth we are creating a bright future.
I believe in taking a more holistic approach when it comes to working with each of my clients, which includes evidenced based treatment practices. I believe that our mental and physical health are related. Research shows a connection between depression/anxiety and a weak immune system. I work with all of my clients on making a connection between the mind and body to encourage optimal health and well being. I want each person who leaves my office to feel a sense of courage and inner strength. It is in this sense of inner strength that one finds growth. I believe that each person has a multitude of strengths and that therapy can aid in using those strengths to navigate difficult times.
I am focused on creating a strong therapeutic relationship with each client in which they are able to gain insight into their life. I am a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team at Beach Therapy & Consulting, specializing in our teen adaptation and co-faciliating our Adolescent DBT Skills Group. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, and a strengths-based approach.
I currently see children over the age of 8 years old focusing on childhood/adolescent disorders such as ADHD, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, behavioral issues such as conduct disorder, emotion regulation, borderline personality disorder, and working with women in the area of postpartum depression and anxiety. As a military spouse and mother, I can understand the unique challenges faced by military families including adjustment issues such as transitioning to and from deployment. Children too can have behavioral issues as well as anxiety and depression related to these moves and adjusting to a new school situation. Spouses can feel isolated and lonely, as well as struggle with depression and their own childhood trauma. Not only are the active duty members at high risk for suicide but military family members including military wives. Check out this article from military.com
I look forward to working with you. Call one of our clinical assistants to schedule an appointment with me.
Education & Licensure
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Kent State University, 2016
Licensed Professional Counselor (VA) 2019
Foundationally Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy