Maddie Tonjes, LSW

Maddie (she/her) is a Licensed Social Worker who is passionate about creating a space for healing and growth through empathy, warmth, and vulnerability. She understands the difficulties of sharing the deepest parts of ourselves with others and strives to make therapy inclusive, safe, and accessible. She does this by utilizing a strong therapeutic relationship to partner with clients, whom she views as the experts in their own lives. Her style draws from cognitive behavioral models, trauma-informed practice, psychodynamic theories, and strengths-based practice.

Maddie has worked with people of all ages experiencing sudden life changes, interpersonal conflicts, and those struggling with suicidal ideation, identity-related concerns, and mood and anxiety disorders. Maddie is especially dedicated to serving those who have been impacted by trauma. She believes in empowering others by making it possible to “speak the unspeakable” and considers it a great honor to be a part of someone’s healing journey. She engages with each client’s unique challenges by first promoting safety and healthy coping and then with an approach that focuses on understanding how each aspect of our lives, from our pasts to our current environments, impacts who we are today. This also means that she is devoted to promoting anti-oppressive practice, which includes acknowledging and challenging sexism, racism, homophobia and all forms of marginalization in and out of session.

She earned her Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University. During her studies, Maddie completed an internship with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry as a member of the Trauma Treatment Services team. She has also worked with children, adolescents and their families in both school and research settings.

Outside of her work, Maddie is also a proud Minnesota native, an avid dancer, and often caught with her nose in a book.

Practice Approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy/ Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Mindfulness
  • Client-centered
  • Strengths-based
  • Creating safety

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25 E Washington Street Suite 1835
Chicago, IL 60602

hello@lifepaththerapy.org
Phone: (312) 940-3655
Fax: (312) 374-4966


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