Madeline Carson, MA

It can be frustrating and confusing to experience a divide between who we are and who we want to be; between what we do and what we wish we would do. I believe that one of the most challenging things in life is to simultaneously love and accept ourselves as we are while also acknowledging a need or desire for change. Growth is healthy and necessary, and like a garden, I believe that human beings grow and flourish best when they are provided with the resources and environment to do so. It is difficult to flourish under stress, anxiety, or harsh judgment from ourselves and others. My desire is to provide a therapeutic space where you can be heard without judgment and where we can collaborate to establish healthy patterns of thinking, relating, and acting.

I believe that my role as a therapist is to listen with empathy, seek to understand and validate your emotions and experience, and to gently ask questions aimed at exploring new ways of looking at things. Therapy is never a place where you should feel judged or pressured, but rather supported with honesty and accountability as you work toward goals that are meaningful to you.

I am passionate about working with individuals with a variety of experiences from diverse backgrounds. I enjoy helping clients work through anxiety, depression, relationships, self-harm, suicidality, stress, life changes, eating disorders, self-worth, and more. My approach is informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Existential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

“Acceptance can transform but if you accept in order to transform, it is not acceptance. It is like loving. Love seeks no reward but when given freely comes back a hundredfold. He who loses his life finds it. He who accepts, changes.” ― Marsha M. Linehan


M.A. – University of St. Thomas

B.A. – Benedictine College

clinical experience

CARE Counseling (Present)

Residential Transitions Inc. (RTI) – Mental Health Professional, Crisis Worker

Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) – Campus Minister, Ministry Team Director

Benedictine College – Campus Ministry Peer Mentor

North Dakota Autism Center – Direct Support Professional







Self-Harm, Suicidality


Adjustment/Life Changes

Eating Disorders

Self-Esteem and Self-Worth

In network with

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

  • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MHCP – MA
  • Medical Assistance
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • HealthPartners
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Hennepin Health

Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.


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