“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 troubles feel really big or seemingly minor, you are welcome here. No matter if 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

Meditation, relaxation, grounding practices...all lead to a greater sense of ease and enjoyment
Whether you're having to struggle 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.

The Space Between Ambition and Frivolity

So, it's the new year, and it didn't take long before people were asking me if I had made any resolutions. I admit, my standard reply was a rude scoff. That's a pretty unfair reaction to the notion of making a resolution or two. Where's the harm in taking stock of your habitual patterns, seeing where they are leading you astray from your values, and then putting in some effort to correct that? None at all...until there is. We live in a culture that values, I'd say even worships, ambition over all else.

Making sense of the senseless

I find myself again affected by yet another human tragedy that seems so senseless. There's something particularly disturbing for us when we don't know, or see, a real reason for why such atrocities occurred. It makes sense that we try to understand; when we can come up with an answer to "Why?" then maybe we can avoid such violence befalling us and our loved ones again. Maybe we can fix it. While it is my personal belief that stricter regulation on firearms would reduce gun violence in this country, I'm under no illusion that it'll fix the problem altogether.

Do You See Your True Value?

Most of us rarely, if ever, do. Yeah, I include myself in that. For example, despite some truly great experiences this past weekend, I struggled with procrastination, indecision on how to spend my time, and the resultant self-aggravation for either not getting more shit done, or being able to fully relax and appreciate life. Fortunately, I’ve learned to put these thoughts and feelings into perspective and see that my ego is running the show. But it still feels lousy.

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Here’s the deal. The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is.
- Parker Palmer

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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