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Cynthia Madsen, LMHC

Cynthia Madsen, LMHC


Licensed in NY #10552
Insurances Accepted: UMR for Mount Sinai, Aetna
I invite the whole person to participate in our work together so we can be informed by the wisdom of the mind, body, and heart.

My Therapy Style

I use a strengths-based approach and believe that each person is their own best therapist. I collaborate with clients to understand their counseling goals and the methods for transformation that work best for them. Together we will add skills and tools to help navigate life with more ease. I invite the whole person to participate in our work together so we can be informed by the wisdom of the mind, body, and heart. I believe that as people reclaim their sense of self, they are empowered to heal and grow.

I work with individuals and couples, including those navigating demanding and competitive high-profile careers in finance, law, healthcare, and the arts. I also work with couples/partnerships using relationship-positive and sex-positive approaches informed by Barry McCarthy, The Gottmans, and Stan Tatkin. I specialize in alternative lifestyles including consensual non-monogamy, BDSM, and kink. I also have specialties in supporting clients who find themselves in psychologically abusive relationships and clients who are exploring changes in their spirituality. I have taught science, am involved in the arts, and study a breadth of psychological approaches. As a lover of learning, I continue to enrich my practice with continued education in these areas and more.

Education & Training

MA - Mental Health Counseling, Yeshiva University

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I became a mental health counselor after recognizing how this profession would facilitate my lifelong calling to help others heal, grow, and be empowered to be the best version of themselves.

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work, I spend my free time cycling, trekking, learning tango, reading, learning something new, playing saxophone in a small rock band, lacemaking, knitting, and other textile art, cooking nourishing and beautiful food and sharing it with family and friends. I love to play, create and explore all realms, especially in collaboration with one another. Collaboration and co-creation are two of my favorite words.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

One of the things I do daily that supports my mental health and well-being is to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

My favorite non-profit organization is The Nature Conservancy because its approach takes into consideration plants, animals, and the people in the area communities when developing conservation projects. Their authentic, ethical, and scientific approach leads to collaborations that support the diversity of life and benefit all of Earth’s beings.