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Linda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and holds a Type 73 certification from the Illinois Board of Education. Linda earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University.
Linda worked for Mid-Valley Special Education for 27 years serving LD/ED/BD students. Providing social skills training as well as therapy via individual and group formats to students from K through 12. Prior experience includes: teaching special education for 8 years at Jeanine Schultz Memorial School in Park Ridge, Illinois. For several years was a Wraparound Facilitator and continue to utilize Wraparound concepts in practice.
Linda’s area of expertise are clients presenting with educational classifications: behavior disorder, emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, cognitively delayed, and autism spectrum, as well as with clinical concerns including: depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit disorder. In treatment, Linda implements techniques derived from CBT, DBT, Michelle Garcia Winner, family systems theory, play therapy, and brief, solution-focused treatment.
Specialities: crisis intervention with panic attacks, aggressive behavior, threats of self-harm, and suicidal ideation, and received training in the ASIST model for suicide prevention. Working with parents and families to improve communication, discipline, role-modeling, and positive interactions with their teens and children. Linda has experience with coordination of service with community providers, and will provide this service to clients who request it.
Linda’s personal philosophy for working with clients is to instill optimism and work with them to create a partnership in which we can set realistic goals for treatment, use existing strengths and supports, and work toward even small changes that can have a major impact in terms of changing competency and satisfaction with self, others, and life. I expect set-backs and work with clients to anticipate these as a tool toward developing resiliency.