Linda Freedman, LCSW, LMFT, PhD

Due to the incredible Me, Too movement, my side job has become a priority. For the reader, and for me, this means, more school and corporate workshops, less individual therapy. The purpose? Tackle sexual harassment where it is likely to be in violation of Title IX and Title VII, in schools, government, and the workplace. Relationship-wise.com is my stab at being more than just a therapist, entering the world of social justice, and teaching. I do have an academic affiliation, or else researching my content would be quite a challenge. But this, to me, is what having a PhD is all about. Otherwise it is working one person, one family at a time, which is great, but not enough.

There is that, and wanting to be mobile, one day move from Chicago to Israel. To do that necessitates a telehealth practice, too, video-therapy. This frees me up to see people during funny hours, and when I'm off doing a workshop in some other town. Unfortunately, it is credit-card, not insurance driven. But I am more accessible, not less. Even when it is raining, even when you're sick, we can meet.

Still, it's nice to be face to face in a comfy office. Mine is small, not what you see on TV, but at least we can hear each other. And yes, there's an aquarium, a constant source of stress but we all like it.

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Thumbnail of this practice: Working with all kinds of people, seemingly infinite problems, the evaluation, imho, is everything; guides practice. Even when resources for therapy are limited, ask for a diagnostic and a treatment plan, if that is all you can afford.

And yet. There really is nothing more satisfying than sinking into that sofa and talking your head off.
Even if you think it's going to be hard to talk about some things, you'll find it isn't nearly as hard as you thought it would be.

It is your nickel, so if brief therapy is what you want, ask for it. When issues go deep, it is good to stay a little longer, come a few times a month, even once a month, but keep it going. I tend to be psycho-educational and interactive. But you'll find me quiet until you've run out of words.

Significant others are welcome, i.e., relationship therapy found here. But there are many other treatment modalities, interventions, many tools in the shed. CBT, ACT, DBT,, meditation mindfulness, eye movement rapid desensitization, grief work.. Extra training when new things emerge is the nature of professionalism, which is how my specialty in .Aspergers, or high functioning autism. emerged.

What are the boundaries here? Who's joining in?
I treat just about every recognizable disorder or the disorder of the day on Oprah. But I might
have to refer you to someone else if it feels out of my range or cuts too close to home. Therapy depends upon what you want and need, but sometimes we're just not a good fit, and at least one of us gets that.

About treating kids. If a child is an identified patient then it is likely I will need to see parents in the initial visit, maybe later, too, unless (a) the child or adolescent has asked to be in treatment alone, and/or (b) he or she is not self-destructive or dangerous to others. Sibling therapy is powerful, too, especially with blended families

Finally, in relationship therapies there will be individual work, too. I like to do all of it, prefer that you discontinue your therapy with someone else so that we don't inadvertently sabotage one another. Yes, I keep what you want private.

Mine is not a take sides role there, and both partners are likely to find support, which is a good thing. Because we all need it.