Maddy Tomlinson, LSW, PEL

Maddy Tomlinson, LSW, PEL

Maddy Tomlinson joined TriCity Family Services in April 2022. She previously worked as a school social worker for nine years, providing services for children grades K-12, with a primary focus on high school age adolescents. Tomlinson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University in 2010. She then received her Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University in 2013, and earned a professional educator license and specialization in school social work.

Tomlinson stepped into the role of FBT Program Supervisor for the agency in November 2023. FBT (Family Based Treatment) is an evidenced based practice that guides and empowers families to treat an eating disorder that has developed in their child. Tomlinson has a strong devotion to FBT and has found this therapy to be life changing work that provides real results. FBT has taught Tomlinson that families can use their strength and skills to feed their child and reach recovery.

Outside of FBT, Tomlinson loves working with clients of all ages in both individual and family therapy sessions. She incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, somatic therapy techniques, nervous system regulation strategies, and exposure therapy, to help clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, and family conflict. When working with young children, Tomlinson uses play and expressive therapy strategies and feels strongly about incorporating a child’s family as part of therapy.

Tomlinson likes to provide a safe space for clients to share their story and achieve their desired goals. She likes creating meaningful relationships so clients can feel supported, heard, and empowered to make changes. In addition, she enjoys being an advocate for others and teaching others how to advocate for themselves.

In her spare time, Tomlinson loves to spend time with family and friends, go on nature walks and be outdoors, cook, garden, and watch movies.

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