Meet the best therapists* in Madison.

a white male therapist holds a clipboard and sits across from a therapy client in a sunny office; best therapists in madison

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

We'll be vetting therapists in Madison soon!

Updated on Feb 02, 2024

Meet some of the top rated therapists in Madison, Wisconsin.

Fact checked

All updates to our vetting process and content are clinically reviewed by licensed psychotherapists.

We only reference peer-reviewed psychological and medical journals, trusted media outlets, esteemed mental health experts, or reputable mental health organizations.

Why trust Best Therapists?

We developed a vetting process specific to therapists that checks for the things we wish we knew about a therapist before starting treatment.

We're therapy seekers ourselves, and our team is comprised of mental health experts, writers, and licensed therapists who fact check everything we create and develop.

Meet our team of expert contributors or learn more about why you should choose Best Therapists when seeking a therapist.

Stephanie Payne Capecchi, LCSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC06017200; Wisconsin, LCSW #11049-123; Pennsylvania, LCSW #CW022781

Seeing clients since 2017
About Stephanie | She/her

Stephanie (she/her) is a mental health therapist offering therapy in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She works with individuals 18 to 50 years old who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or borderline personality disorder. She has worked in a variety of settings, including a residential treatment facility for adolescents, community mental health, and private practice - this eclectic experience allows Stephanie to feel comfortable working with a variety of types of stressors and types of people.

Message to clients

Sometimes you feel so exhausted you can’t get anything done, and sometimes you’re so on edge you can’t even rest. You’ve already tried on your own to solve your problems: you’ve read the self-help books, follow the popular therapists on Instagram and TikTok, and know the “right” things to do. You know you’re insightful, but insight alone isn’t shifting things. You speak to yourself unkindly, which doesn’t help. You want to have fewer ups and downs, or maybe you’re wanting to change a relationship that your friends say is toxic. At this point, you’re ready to try something new. When we work together, I’ll approach things with compassion to help you shift your insight into action. I will guide you in shifting your relationship with yourself from one of harsh criticism to one based in flexibility and kindness. I often start with the basics: sleep, rest, grounding, nourishment - always with the intention to feel better, not to meet some external criteria or have an aesthetic influencer routine. I suggest things to experiment with, rather than giving canned or rigid advice. We may also work on having better relationships, being less mean to yourself, and getting off the emotional rollercoaster. When we work together, you’ll be in the driver’s seat, and I’ll be in the passenger seat, helping you navigate your way to feeling better.

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Minnesota, 2018; Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies | University of Minnesota, 2010

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Borderline personality disorder, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Body image, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Stress, Self harm, Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Direct, Humorous, Inquisitive, Laid back

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Mindfulness based, Strength-based therapy, Attachment based

Cost

$175

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Stephanie is empathetic, attentive, kind, and reliable, and takes the time to really get to know and understand clients and their needs/personal goals in therapy. She is insightful and able to balance the dialectic of validation and directness in a warm and therapeutic way. She has great clinical knowledge and experience and is continuously pursuing trainings and other opportunities to grow in her career and clinical learning.

—Kiersha Mauch, MSW, LICSW
Peer review

Stephanie is a person-centered clinician highly skilled in emotional regulation, mindfulness training and trauma recovery. She is a thoughtful and conscientious clinician who demonstrates ability to be patient and challenging when clinically appropriate. She is able to guide clients to make their own decisions and improve their sense of self-efficacy. Stephanie truly joins with her clients and believes in the power of a good, healthy therapeutic alliance.

—Erica Laub, MSW, LICSW, CCTP
Peer review

Stephanie would be an asset to any agency, clinically and administratively. Stephanie is diligent, professional, timely and comprehensive in all documentation and work she produces.

—Nicole Cowan, LPC
Online reviews
Click on the icons below to view Stephanie's online profiles and reviews.
Stephanie doesn't have any online reviews at this time.

No reviews

Not available

Not available

Kristen Jacobsen, LCPC

Illinois, LCPC #180.008355; Michigan, LCPC #6401020318; Wisconsin, LCPC #10228-125; Florida, Registered Telehealth Provider #TPMC2333

Seeing clients since 2009
About Kristen | She/her

Kristen specializes in anxiety, perfectionism, complex trauma, and relationships. She has been working in the field for over 14 years and is trained in several treatment modalities, including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, etc. She is Chicago-based, but conveniently online, and sees clients in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Message to clients

You have a simmering undercurrent of anxiety, and your entire life feels like a list of obligations. You feel weighed down, overwhelmed, and stressed. You’re pathologically helpful and a self-proclaimed people pleaser, so you find yourself gritting your teeth to make it through the day... but you paste a smile on your face and fake it. From the outside you’re successful, high-achieving, respected, and known for going above and beyond, but internally, you know your truth. You’re overly self-critical, procrastinate often, script conversations in your head, and worry about everyone else’s expectations of you. What if you could feel confident saying no to things that don’t serve you? What if you could learn how to put yourself first without feeling selfish? What if you could live a more balanced, intentional, and fulfilling life? Let me help you get clarity on what you’re feeling, why, and how to fix it. We all have “blind spots” that hold us back in some way, and it takes an outside perspective to help identify these. Even if you think that you’ll let others down, you’re not as smart or capable as your colleagues, you need to have a clear plan, mediocrity is unacceptable, or you have to maintain this facade in order to be successful. I will show you how to shift your thoughts and behavior in ways that will pave a clear path to joy and confidence. There is no greater investment in life than discovering your full potential.

Education

Bachelor of Psychology & Educational Studies I Vanderbilt University, 2004; Master of Counseling Psychology I The Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2009

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

Additional areas of focus

Anger management, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Dating, Stress, Narcissistic personality, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Empowering, Humorous, Inquisitive, Intellectual

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS)

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kristen is a wonderful colleague who works hard and is passionate about helping others. She is insightful to the experiences many women face and can create a safe and supportive environment where people can heal and grow. She is highly ethical and strives to give top notch care to her colleagues and clients.

—Alicia Johnson, LMFT
Peer review

Kristen is a great therapist who is both warm and direct. She's great at providing context and clarity and also creates an understanding space for self-discovery.

—Katie Bellamy, LCPC
Peer review

Kristen is a very kind and thoughtful human. She cares a lot about her clients and her clinical work. As she is very knowledgeable and intelligent, I imagine that she provides detailed psychoeducation for those that she works with, helping her clients understand the why of what is going on. I know she is often putting time and effort into growing as a person and a clinician, which I believe is a great attribute in a solid therapist.

—Gail Reich, LCPC
Online reviews
Click on the icons below to view Kristen's online profiles and reviews.
Kristen doesn't have any online reviews at this time.

5/5

Not available

No reviews

Not available

Nicholas Lueloff, LPC

Wisconsin, LPC #7493-125

Seeing clients since 2017
About Nicholas | He/him

Nick is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Elm Grove, WI. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma. Nick’s therapeutic approach (CBT) focuses on helping you identify patterns of thoughts and behaviors and applying concepts to help you shift these patterns while building on your strengths. He is also trained in EMDR therapy - an approach that helps you process traumatic experiences or impactful events in a meaningful way. Nick has worked in various settings including community-based non-profit organizations, within school systems, at on-site employee-focused medical clinics, and in private practice. This range of experience has allowed him to work with diverse clients of varying ages and cultures.

Message to clients

If you're reading this, it's likely that you're facing some challenges in life, and I want you to know that you're not alone. Seeking support is a sign of strength, and I would be honored to help guide you on your journey towards healing and growth. In therapy sessions with me, you’re always considered the expert in yourself and how you choose to spend your therapy time is up to you. Together, we’ll find ways to make therapy productive, helpful, and meaningful. If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, if you've experienced stress or trauma that continues to impact you, or if you're wanting support in navigating relationships and life's many difficulties I encourage you to take the first step towards better well-being and reach out.

Education

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2018

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Adolescents/teens, Anxiety, Depression

Additional areas of focus

Anger management, Existential questioning, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Laid back, Intellectual, Solution-oriented, Calming

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$120

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Nick is a compassionate listener who demonstrates the ability to approach clinical challenges with a variety of creative evidence based solutions.

—Nancy Nedland, MA, LP
Peer review

Nick is a knowledgeable, insightful therapist who works hard with his clients to reach their goals. He cares about his clients and takes the time to build a strong therapeutic relationship. He is easy to talk to and non-judgmental in his approach.

—Rachel Garlock, LCSW
Peer review

Nick is a genuine and authentic provider. He is able to put people at ease and make being vulnerable a comfortable experience. He has a strong clinical skills he is able to utilize for treatment planning, problem solving and symptom reduction.

—Jenna Radowski, LPC
Online reviews
Click on the icons below to view Nicholas's online profiles and reviews.
Nicholas doesn't have any online reviews at this time.

5/5

Not available

Not available

Quick compare therapists

name
Fee
Year Started practice
Specialties
Stephanie Payne Capecchi

$175

2017

Anxiety, Borderline personality disorder, Trauma

Send a message
Schedule a consultation
Kristen Jacobsen

$200

2009

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

Send a message
Schedule a consultation
Nicholas Lueloff

$120

2017

Adolescents/teens, Anxiety, Depression

Send a message
Schedule a consultation

Didn't find the best therapist for you?

Not a problem. Search within your state to find other vetted therapists in cities near you.

Find your best therapist
FAQs

Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

About Us

Hi, we’re Best Therapists.

We vet therapists, so you can focus on fit—not quality.

Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

Why choose Best Therapists

There are plenty of therapist directories to choose from.

But other therapist directories like Psychology Today, Good Therapy, Choosing Therapy, and more have hundreds (if not thousands) of results for therapists in your city alone. The search for your best therapist becomes instantly overwhelming, which stops some therapy-seekers in their tracks. Our involved vetting process goes way beyond a basic license check (unlike the other guys), which simplifies YOUR search.

Finding the best therapist for you is hard enough, so we curate lists like these so you can get quality care as quickly and seamlessly impossible. And no need to check a therapist's availability or add your name to their waitlist—all Best Therapists are currently accepting new clients.

Not feeling any of the therapists on our list? No worries. Keep scrolling to find other vetted therapists in cities near you.

When to not choose Best Therapists

In some situations, we may not be the best therapist directory for you. For example...

  1. If you are looking for free therapy or want therapy that's supplemented by another organization, Best Therapists isn't the best therapist directory for you.
  2. If you're only open to seeing a therapist that's in-network with your insurance provider, Best Therapists might not be a good fit. Many of our therapists don't work directly with insurance companies, so we encourage you to check your out-of-network mental health benefits (use our free benefits checker). Don't let your insurance company prevent you from working with your soulmate therapist!
  3. Finally, this site is not intended for medical emergencies. If you are in an immediate mental health crisis, please call the national suicide hotline at 988.

Want to learn more about starting therapy? Read our guide on how to start therapy.