A counselor trainee (CT) is graduate counseling student seeking licensure as a professional counselor. Counselor Trainees have the same scope of practice as a professional counselor, but require much closer supervision during the training process.
Madison Blyer (pronouns: she/her) is clinical intern with CT status, who works with adults, adolescents, and groups. She is studying to become a licensed professional counselor. Her specialty interests include: athletics and sports performance, health and wellness, women’s issues, spirituality, life transitions and using the principles of positive psychology to help individuals thrive. She works affirmatively with the LGBTQ+ community and utilizes individualized treatment approaches that are grounded in evidence-based practice.
Madison completed her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with minors in psychology and business administration at Ashland University, where she played women’s basketball. She is a certified personal trainer (CPT) and is passionate about a holistic approach to wellness. In addition to the promotion of movement, reading, time with animals, and music are also part of Madison’s philosophy of wellness.
Prior to Wellness Grove, Madison has worked in a variety of settings, ranging from group work with high school athletes to individual mentoring with youth in the foster care system. Currently, she is diving into the world of psychological research at Malone University and the Cleveland Clinic to study topics related to women’s issues, dialectical thinking, and grit (the passion and perseverance for long-term goals). Madison is also the Student Mentorship Group creator and chair in Malone University’s counseling honor society, Chi Sigma Iota, Mu Alpha Omega chapter.
Madison’s approach to counseling is relational and person-centered (you are not the problem – the problem is the problem!). She uses a collaborative approach so that she and her clients can explore, discuss, challenge thoughts and feelings, and create goals. Often, she will include dialectical behavior therapy and psychoeducation in sessions.
Her strengths include: optimism, curiosity, compassion and humor (as she puts it: “I want to be on Saturday Night Live when I grow up”). While she listens deeply, she is also known to challenge her clients to encourage their transformation.