Tonya V. Madden grew up in Austin, TX going to the original Wholefoods with her father back when it was a cramped store that smelled of weird cheeses. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as studying printmaking at the Royal College of London, Tonya, her husband, and their dog, Dudley, moved to NYC where she could attend graduate school for art history.
While working as an art historian, Tonya began taking classes in psychology for fun and soon realized human nature was much more interesting than the history of art. She became a personal trainer so that she could pursue her studies full-time. After two children and way too many NYC winters, Tonya and her family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she entered graduate school at Amberton University for a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.
In NYC and Dallas, Tonya worked as a volunteer tutor at her children’s local schools. She soon realized her passion for understanding, supporting and advocating for adolescents and teens who are struggling with neurodivergent issues, depression, and/or anxiety. Tonya also has a special interest in trauma and crisis, having lived through 9/11 in NYC and a terrorist attack in London in 1994. She is passionate about helping others feel cared for, understood and connected.
Tonya believes that every individual is unique and has their own special set of strengths, and through the safe, non-judgmental, compassionate therapeutic relationship, the client is able to discover and utilize theirs to the fullest. Tonya uses a combination of person-centered therapy with existentialism and solution-focused techniques, as well as mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills.
In her spare time, when she isn’t driving a carload of children from one place to another, Tonya loves to read sci-fi, watch British comedy, paint and draw, and work out to hip-hop.