Saint Charles Campus
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.
Working for Mid-Valley Special Education for 27 years, serving special needs students, Linda provided social skills training as well as therapy via individual and group formats to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and provided therapeutic support to families. Her prior experience includes teaching special education for 8 years at Jeanine Schultz Memorial School in Park Ridge and acting as a WRAPAROUND facilitator several years while working for Mid-Valley. Linda continues to utilize WRAPAROUND concepts in her 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. Linda is experienced in 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 is especially rewarding for Linda. Linda has experience with coordination of services with community agencies and will provide this support to clients who request it.
Linda describes her personal philosophy for working with clients in this way, “I want to instill optimism and work with clients 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.”