We Are Like a Journey Through the Bridge to
Self - knowledge
is always a path into the unknown..
That will lead you through this hard path.
But this is an experience that you have to go
through to become a better version of yourself.


Madison West, LMSW

Pronouns: They/Them

  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Remote & Onsite
  • Licensed Master Social Worker
  • Works with Individuals and Couples

Work with:

  • Physical Issue / Illness
  • Sexuality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Creative Block
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Issues
  • Impulse Control
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Chronic Pain
  • Self-Esteem


I work with individuals who are experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, substance use, interpersonal/relationship issues, questions of identity, or feeling stuck in patterns of behavior. My curious, collaborative, and compassionate approach allows you to explore your inner world and current challenges in a safe, affirming environment. I view therapy as a space in which you can bring your entire self, including your pain, joy, and possibilities for transformation.

My training is rooted in psychodynamic psychotherapy and harm reduction, which both aim to liberate you from past conflicts, as well as struggles in the here-and-now. My clinical practice is also committed to recognizing how class, gender, sexuality, race, familial, cultural, and systemic forces impact you.

Education / Experience

Higher and professional education

New York / 114911-01
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Teaching & Publications

I am an Adjunct Lecturer at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (CUNY), and teach the following Graduate Level classes:
-Seminar in Psychodynamic Theory
-Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
-Clinical Practice III

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How long is a session? Are you conducting in person sessions?

The length of psychotherapy session is either 45 minutes or 50 minutes. Please discuss this with your therapist, but both arrangements are acceptable.

We offer both—in-person, and virtual treatment. Please discuss your preference with your therapist.

How often should I see my therapist?

The frequency of work is determined between you and your therapist. However, we do believe a higher frequency has an important effect on the outcome of the treatment. Most of our therapists work with their patients at more than once-a-week frequency in psychotherapy. However, if you are in psychoanalytic treatment, the frequency is at least 4 times (sometimes we offer 3 times) a week.

How long does the therapy last?

Believe it or not, this is by far the most common question we are asked. There is a famous quote from Freud, “Our answer is like the answer given by the Philosopher to the Wayfarer in Aesop's fable. When the Wayfarer asked how long a journey lay ahead, the Philosopher merely answered ‘Walk!’” The duration of treatment depends on the individual circumstances. Therefore, he says, “[T]he question as to the probable duration of a treatment is almost unanswerable.” At TheraBridge we hold true to Freud’s word, “Walk!” We help our patients walk the path and over the bridge towards a future where new memories and new experiences bring happiness and joy.

Is my information confidential?

Yes, your information is kept confidential. In case we need to coordinate care with other medical professionals including your psychiatrist, we will obtain your consent, though the exchange of patient information amongst medical providers is considered HIPAA compliant.

What kind of therapy do you provide?

At TheraBridge, all our clinicians are trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.