“We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...

Welcome

Deciding to start therapy is a courageous choice to turn around and face your fears, a decision that most do not make.  So it is with my sincere respect that I welcome you to this space, no matter who you are or what you are going through. Whether you’re feeling anxious, sad, angry, scared, numb, or depressed, you’re welcome here. No matter if your problems feel really big or seemingly minor, you are welcome here. Whether you’re looking to explore the depth of life’s mysteries, or wanting to start a new habit, you are welcome here. Regardless of your sexuality, spirituality, race or ethnicity, you are welcome here. Here, you will be treated as a fellow traveler on your own unique path to wholeness. Here, there is compassion for what you’ve been through with a focus on your heart’s deepest desire: to experience the love, depth, and brilliance of your true being. Welcome!

 

Scott's Office

...And where you had thought to be alone, you shall be with all the world.” - Joseph Campbell

What I Offer

Therapy that cares about what you want, not just what's "wrong."
Whether you're struggling just to get through the day, or simply noticing a vague, undefinable longing for...something, you are not alone.
Asking for help can be one of the hardest, most vulnerable things we can do. My job is to be with you in a judgement-free zone.

About Scott L. Fenton, PsyD

A licensed clinical psychologist serving the greater Madison, Wisconsin area, Dr. Fenton specializes in presence-based therapy. He has completed trainings in EMDR and Hakomi Therapy, and is familiar with other mindful, somatic-based therapies. He is currently working towards his advanced certificate in EMDR through the Personal Transformation Institute.

"I love this work because it affects me, I am not a casual observer. Good therapy is a mutual process.

“In my mind, a good therapist doesn’t pretend to know the path of others. Rather, because they have themselves been lost so many times before, they know something about paths, about the deep, dark woods, and about finding one’s way. And they know the importance of a trusted companion.”

Scott's mission as a therapist is to meet people exactly where they are and create an environment of absolute acceptance. In such a space, where even the most vulnerable and fragile parts of ourselves feel safe and appreciated, a natural capacity for regulation, healing, strength, and wisdom comes effortlessly to life.

To learn more about Scott and his approach to therapy, click here.

It's All About You...and You.

Even those who tell me "I like who I am!" usually at some point come to a realization of self-loathing or shame somewhere in their being. Sometimes, the shame isn't even logical. For instance, I remember blaming myself for my car getting broken into and the stereo being stolen. I had paid the extra money for a stereo that a had a removable faceplate as a theft deterrent, but I hadn't bothered to remove it. It's not rational to blame the victim of a crime, but I still felt some shame about what had happened. Shame or self-blame is a common reaction when things go awry.

Longing to be More Authentic? Better Call Saul!

At times, I feel like I need to justify my Netflix watching habit. There is definitely some shame there. Admitting to regular watching, and occasional bingeing, of shows and movies found on the internet is counter to the image of "wise counselor," or "productive, responsible adult," that my ego would like to portray. Screw you, ego. Let me be me.

There is No Test

I don't know if all dreams are significant, but it does seem that some dreams have something important to tell us. Through the unique and universal symbols in our lives, dreams are a way for our unconscious to speak with us in our less guarded state of sleep. The meaning and depth of significant dreams can sometimes take days, weeks, even years to unfold. But other times what a dream has to say can be quite transparent, and it is of this latter kind that I'd like to share with you. 

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If you think the games you have going are what lead to what it is you're seeking in life, forget it. What is required to go on this trip...you have to have experienced despair.
- Ram Dass, Here and Now Podcast Ep. 8

Take the Next Step

So why not give me a call or send me an email? I'm happy to talk with you on the phone for a brief (20 minutes or so), initial conversation at no charge to you. I am LGBTQ friendly, and welcome all ethnicities, spiritual practices, and political persuasions!

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