About Dr. Madigan

Dr. Stephen Madigan – relationship specialist,

is recognized world wide as a highly gifted individual and couple therapist. His couple counselling, marriage counselling, separation counselling and divorce counselling services – are unsurpassed in the city of Vancouver. Guaranteed.

Dr. Madigan practices a resource focused, cost efficient, resolution based therapy – offering long term healthy relationship results. On average, and depending on the issues brought forward, the majority of people attend individual and couple counselling for 4-5 sessions.

  • In 2008 the American Family Therapy Academy selected Stephen Madigan as the recipient of their Distinguished Award for Innovative Practice in Couple and Family Therapy – Theory and Practice (a first for Canada).
  • In 2011 the American Psychological Association published his book Narrative Therapy – theory and practice to be used as a primary text in all Graduate Psychology Program teaching (sold through amazon.com and Kindle).
  • Stephen’s book on Narrative Therapy is now on the APA best seller list.
  • Stephen’s book is accompanied by a set of six ‘live session’ DVD client interviews entitled  Narrative Therapy Through Time. With the help of an an eight person film and production crew, the DVDs were able to fully capture the inner workings of his unique therapy practice. The DVDs are now on sale through amazon.com.
  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy voted him a top five clinical workshop presenter.

Dr.  Madigan holds two Masters Degrees in Counseling (MSW, MSc) and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Couple and Family Therapy. He is also the youngest Canadian to ever receive a PhD in Couple and Family Therapy.

Over 60% of Dr. Madigan’s current clients are couples. Vancouver based couples seek out his advanced therapeutic skill to more clearly understand and resolve the intricate complexities now facing couple relationships. The remainder of his time in therapy is spent resolving issues with individuals, families and youth – on a wide spectre of issues.

Dr Madigan’s therapeutic experience includes working as the (exclusive) contracted therapist for Vancouver’s Hollywood North Film and Television Industry’s 5,000 union members, actors and directors for 13 years (yes, he has seen it all). In addition, Stephen continues to consult to and practice with numerous school boards and university-based counselling programs, international torture and trauma centres, alcohol and drug treatment centres, youth and family care programs, government mental health agencies, AIDS and HIV programs, collaborative legal and financial firms, executive health centres, groups working with families with aging parents and – numerous inpatient eating disorder programs across North America.

Dr. Madigan is the director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. Dr Madigan also teaches narrative therapy workshops worldwide (see workshop schedule and references) and hosts the annual International Therapeutic Conversations conference. Therapeutic Conversations 11 conference dates are May 28-31, in Vancouver, Canada.

Stephen is the father of terrific 18 year old twin daughters and a retired member of Canada’s National Ultimate Frisbee team.