Maddie Hundley (Sheffer),M.S., MMFT, AMFT

Maddie Hundley (Sheffer),M.S., MMFT, AMFT

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Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Tina Marie Del Rosario, LCSW, MSW
Primary Credential: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - 126584
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Allied Insurance Group
  • AmeriChoice (UnitedHealthcare Community Plan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Blue Cross Complete
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Empire Plan
  • GEHA Health Plans
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • Medica Health Plan Solutions
  • Meritain Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • TrustMark
  • UMR
Fees: $130-180 per individual session
$150-185 per couple's session
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Beverly Hills, California 90046

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My Approach to Helping

It's completely normal to have concerns about your sexuality, even if they might feel uncommon. In this country, discussions about sexuality can still be seen as sensitive, and this is true even in cities like Los Angeles, where diverse expressions of identity can sometimes face stigma. Remember, it's essential to find confidence and comfort within your own desires and identity. You deserve to live authentically without constantly worrying about others' opinions. Therapy is a helpful way to untangle the stories you tell yourself and rebuild your self-esteem. The confusion and stress surrounding sexuality don't have to linger – there's always hope for a more positive outlook!

More Info About My Practice

Your most enduring relationship is the one you share with yourself. Embarking on the journey to understand your innermost self is life's grandest adventure. Your unique identity and how you express it is the true essence of who you are.

Many individuals haven't had the chance to delve into their desires and discover their genuine selves. Whether you're grappling with body image, gender, identity expression, or simply feeling inexperienced and apprehensive about your sexuality, there's space to explore all of these emotions.

Sexuality is a diverse spectrum, and every shade is embraced and worthy of therapeutic support. Your physical attributes don't determine your mental identity, nor do they dictate your role in the world. Femininity and masculinity are distinct dimensions, and everyone finds their place on these scales in their own way, even outside conventional definitions. You don't require labels to validate your existence; your experiences and personal growth define who you are becoming.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Alternative Sexualities
Exploring Beyond the Norm

In your journey of understanding alternative sexualities, it's important to find a supportive space that allows you to openly discuss desires and unconventional aspects of your sexual identity. From kinks and fantasies to desires, fluidity, consensual non-monogamy, and more, these are parts of your sexual self that you might hesitate to talk about openly. However, in therapy, these topics are not only welcomed but embraced.

Therapy offers a safe haven to delve into the more intimate aspects of your life. Through talk therapy, you can discover comfort within your own mind and body. It's a space where you're free to discuss kinks, fantasies, moments of embarrassment, feelings of pride, and anything that defies conventional norms. Your experiences don't have to fit into a predefined box, and therapy can provide the freedom to explore every facet of your sexual journey.

My Role as a Therapist

In our therapy sessions, we'll focus on understanding your sexuality and examining the challenges you're encountering. We'll also dig into the origins of the beliefs you hold. Once we pinpoint your goals, therapy becomes a journey of exploration, granting you the freedom to discuss topics that often remain unspoken with others. I know it can be tough and vulnerable, but this process has the potential to make you feel significantly better faster than you might expect. Let's work together to bring positive change into your life!

My Therapy Focus

Embracing Sexuality in ALL Kinds of Relationships

Feeling like things are spiraling out of control in your relationship, with arguments cropping up too often? No matter if you're dating, married, or somewhere in between, couples therapy can offer profound healing. Sharing your desires and fantasies with your partner might seem daunting, even bringing about shame and uncertainty, but it doesn't have to be this way. In couples therapy, we break down challenges into manageable pieces, unveiling goals and solutions. Just like visiting a doctor for a checkup, you don't need to be in constant conflict to begin couples therapy. Be it matters of sex, kink, polyamory, self-pleasure, fantasy, conflict, non-binary identities, LGBTQIA+ identities, low desire, conflicting desires, and more ? all of these can be openly discussed in our sessions.

Navigating Sexual Challenges

Dealing with the aftermath of sexual harm can be confusing, especially when it doesn't fit into typical molds. The labels of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse might not capture the complexity of your experience. Sometimes, sharing your authentic sexual desires can lead to judgment and stigma, which in itself is distressing. Therapy provides a safe space to discuss your trauma without judgment, enabling healing that empowers you and restores your autonomy, self-respect, and confidence after a difficult experience.

Confronting Depression & Anxiety Related to Sexuality

Depression and anxiety are prevalent issues that can stem from various sources within us. Struggling with your own sexuality can lead to feelings of shame, embarrassment, denial, indifference, and fear. Whether these emotions arise from your relationships, a breakup, your sexual preferences, identity, gender expression, or unexplored parts of yourself, there's hope for finding inner peace. Your sexual self deserves a space to explore the thoughts you've been hesitant to consider. Together, we can work towards embracing who you are in this world and finding solace amidst any internal conflicts.

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Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    People of all cultures, genders & identities who are in between the Millennial and GenZ generations (Zillennials).

Industries & Communities Served

  • BIPOC
  • Entertainment Industry
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Identity Issues
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy

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