In honor of Mental Health Awareness week we are highlighting one of MeMD’s Licensed professional counselors this week! Madeline Patalano is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 11 years of experience. After graduating from Fayetteville State University with an MS in Psychology, Madeline earned a Post Masters in Military Resilience from Liberty University. She is also a candidate for a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational psychology.
Read on to hear more about how she became involved in telemedicine, the topics she is most passionate about in her field and some common signs and symptoms of depression to look out for in oneself and loved ones.
What lead you to your career?
As a teen, I was involved in mentorship programs where I was mentoring younger teens while being mentored by an adult myself. I found that I had a love for helping people navigate through life challenges and struggles. In my first few years of college, I struggled with a career path. Then I realized you should love what you do and when I looked at it that way it brought me back to becoming a counselor.
What topics are you most passionate about in your field?
For most of my career, I have worked with issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, military life issues, and relationship issues. These are all topics I find myself passionate about. I want my clients to be successful so I am always reviewing research and new therapy techniques that may be helpful with these issues.
What prompted you to become involved in telemedicine?
I was in a job where I traveled 100% of the time, which made starting up an in-person private practice difficult. I started my career in private practice and I missed being able to support people through their life challenges to the resolution of the challenge/issue. When I found telemedicine it helped me to assist clients even when I wasn’t in the same physical location every week.
What do you do in your free-time?
In my free time, I enjoy photography, traveling, road trips, and hiking.
October 11 is National Depression screening day – can you share some common signs/symptoms to look for in oneself/loved ones?
Pay attention for:
- Feeling sad more days then not
- Withdrawing from people and activities you used to find pleasure in
- Lack of motivation
- Lack of concentration
- Decrease in appetite
- Decrease in productivity at work
- Changes in sleeping habits
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the above, consider speaking with a licensed professional privately and securely from the comfort of your own home or office using MeMD.