Madelaine Ford,MS, LAC, NCC

Madelaine Ford,MS, LAC, NCC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: MS, LPC-S, CIMHP, CIMNTT, CCATP, CTMH
Primary Credential: Licensed Associate Counselor - LAC-22611
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Fees: Individual Counseling
Initial Intake: $175 (90 minutes)
Follow-up visits: $150 (50 minutes)
Couples Counseling
Initial Intake: $250 (90 minutes, includes Gottman Relationship Check-up and Personalized Couples Analysis)
Follow-up visits: $180 (50 minutes)

You can use a Health Savings Account, Flex Spending Account, or you can pay with cash, check, or credit card and submit the receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.
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4365 E Pecos Rd Ste 138,
Gilbert, Arizona 85295

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My Approach to Helping

Hola and Welcome! My name is Madelaine Ford (Maddy) and I am a counselor at Optimal Connections Counseling. I work with clients who are you feeling stuck, struggling with communication issues, or experiencing constant conflict in their relationships. As a Gottman-trained counselor, I understand the complexities of interpersonal dynamics and the challenges that come with them. I’m here to validate your experiences without minimizing them, providing a safe space for you to explore your emotions and concerns. I like to incorporate both the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples counseling as it provides my clients with the best combination of tools to work on their relationships, uncover the underlying issues, and navigate towards a healthier, more fulfilling relationship. As we work together, you’ll begin to feel more connected, supported, and equipped to overcome obstacles and have a relationship where trust is restored, conflicts are resolved constructively, and intimacy is reignited.

As a Hispanic therapist, I am committed to providing culturally sensitive care to my clients in both English and Spanish. I believe in incorporating identity, culture, and social justice in therapy as they impact how we experience the world. I also work with individuals who have experienced intergenerational trauma, and have symptoms of guilt, anxiety and depression. In individual therapy I implement a holistic approach that draws from different modalities to better serve your specific needs. Whether you’re seeking individual or couples counseling, I’m here to support you on your journey towards healing and growth. Don’t wait any longer—let’s start working towards a happier, healthier you today.

More Info About My Practice

I have immediate openings for couples counseling and individual counseling sessions.
I have trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. My goal is to empower you to create the relationship you desire and deserve. Take the first step towards positive change by reaching out to schedule a session. Whether you're seeking individual or couples counseling, I'm here to support you on your journey toward healing and growth. Don't wait any longer—let's start working towards a happier, healthier you today.

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

Couples counseling using the Gottman Method is a research-backed approach that guides couples in strengthening their relationships. I like to integrate both Gottman and Emotionally focused therapy to help couples enhance their communication, manage conflict effectively, and cultivate deeper intimacy. By addressing underlying issues and fostering understanding, couples counseling can help couples navigate challenges, rebuild trust, and create a lasting and fulfilling partnership.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I find immense joy in working with people to help them heal, grow, and improve their lives. With a deep-rooted sense of empathy and understanding, I take pride in holding a safe and supportive space for my clients to explore their emotions, confront their challenges, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. I also believe in the transformative power of therapy and feel privileged to witness my clients' progress as they gain insight, develop coping strategies, and ultimately thrive.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

Intergenerational trauma, the transmission of unhealed trauma from one generation to the next, can leave a lasting impact on individuals and families. My own experience with intergenerational trauma allows me to provide a safe and supportive space to process and heal from these experiences, promoting emotional well-being and breaking the cycle of trauma.

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Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Spanish

Industries & Communities Served

  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Racism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Bowen Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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