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The gift of service is what Linda believes God has given her as she has always had a desire to help people find resolutions to whatever challenges life presents them. She achieves this through the usage of the Word of God and a strength-based, solution focused perspective. Being raised in a Christian home, her first lesson taught and consistently reinforced throughout her developing years was The Golden Rule from Matthew 12:7, “Treat others as you want them to treat you,” (Contemporary English Version). It has been her adherence to this foundational teaching that has served her well in the many challenging experiences she has encountered throughout her life, and acknowledges her reward as being able to witness God being faithful to his Word.
Linda always knew that God’s purpose for her life was to help people, and therefore believes that God directed her path to secure a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Bowie State College and a Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University, School of Social Work. She is convinced that her steps have been orchestrated by God as for the next thirty plus years as a clinical social worker, she would witness the pain and suffering caused by individuals who did not practice “The Golden Rule” and the negative effects from those who did not love thy neighbor (others) as they did not love themselves. It has been this pain and suffering that she feels her journey has led her to be a vessel used by God, allowing her, through knowledge of God’s Word and guidance from the Holy Spirit, to be able to make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, families, women, couples, trauma/abuse victims, substance abusers and their families/significant others by facilitating their healing.
God has led her down a path that has consisted of working with children in DC Public Schools, Department of Special Education; adults in Howard University’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic; adults within The Commission on Mental Health at the Emergency Psychiatric Response Division (now called C-PEP) and males adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity within St. Elizabeths Hospital, Forensic Inpatient Services, John Howard Pavilion; males ages 17 to 22 and women ages 18 to 62 within the Department of Corrections, Correctional Treatment Facility; children, families, and couples within the DC Superior Court, Social Services Division, Family Branch; children, adolescents, (some adjudicated) and families at the Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, Adolescent Sex Offenders Program and the Adolescent Girls Program; children, adolescents, biological and foster families within The Martin Pollak Project, Inc., a therapeutic foster care, non-profit agency previously located in the District and continues services in Baltimore, Maryland, and PSI Family Services, Inc., also a therapeutic/medically fragile foster care, non-profit agency located in Hyattsville, Maryland. She also opened her private practice for five years providing psychotherapy and counseling services to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families for Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Maryland Health Partners, and Essential Behavioral Services, Inc. She has been with Life Christian Counseling for the past eight years.
It is from this journey that she has gained much experience in working with families and their children with special educational, emotional, and behavioral issues, and with children who have Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorders. She also has experience in working with children and adults with relational difficulties and those with mental health issues, to include depression, with or without the bipolar component, anxiety disorders, and those with personality disorders, such as those who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and borderline personalities.
Although Linda’s has worked with children and families, adolescents, couples, females, and engaged in group and family therapies, her specialty is with children and adults suffering from trauma and physical/sexual abuse. She has worked with not only victims of physical and sexual abuse, but also with the perpetrators. She has a passion not only for children, who she believes are gifts from God, but also women, who have been conditioned by society to care for others at the sacrifice of caring and nurturing themselves.
It is through Linda’s commitment to excellence, her life experiences, thirty plus years of clinical experience, compassion, empathy, the application of sound, practical, and eclectic therapeutic approaches, and a God given desire to help others that Linda engages others to achieve the essence of Ephesians 4:3-4, “Get rid of bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you,” (New Living Translation).
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