Linda Freedman, LCSW, LMFT, PhD

There is a therapy marketplace, and navigating that has to be hard. Reading blips like these is part of the process. Therapists all have their own theories about what is wrong, but we know absolutely nothing unless you tell us, all that body language interpretation aside. So read through this profile and see if it clicks, makes sense to you. Maybe it will, maybe it won't.

The office? Not what you see on TV. It is small, but there is a couch, and it is fine if you want to lie down. Yes, there's an aquarium, a constant source of stress but we all like it.

Not gonna lie, I have biases about therapy. Click here for more about those.

But let’s talk about therapy:
Working with all kinds of people, seemingly infinite problems, a therapist learns that
evaluation is everything; it guides practice. Even when resources for therapy are limited, get a good
diagnostic, a worthwhile evaluation if that is all you can afford. You can do that
in two visits—maybe one. But it has to be a long one. They both should be long.

And 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

On the other hand, brief therapy is still useful, and can be very useful. If we're talking child abuse? Forget it. Give yourself more time. As much as you can.
I love working online. We can all get up and get a drink of water or a cookie and nobody has to ask for directions.
My style? Psycho-educational and interactive. But you’ll find me quiet until you've run out of words.

Significant others are welcome.

I throw in a lot of different interventions, what are called treatment modalities, have more tools in the box than anyone needs. We'll go through them. It isn't all CBT and Mindfulness But a lot of it is
CBT, ACT, EMDR (a nice little hypnotic thing), grief work, emotional
management. I have
double licensure, meaning quite a bit of extra training in relationship therapies, and I’m up
on how things have changed, how we’ve added and subtracted diagnoses in the DSM and
reconsidered Asperger’s.

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. That
doesn’t happen very often. 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. Why keep wearing
something that doesn’t fit?

About treating kids. If a child is an identified patient then it’s likely I’ll 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 isn’t self-destructive or dangerous to others. Sibling
is powerful, too, especially with blended>I have a nice high functioning autism, what used to be called Asperger's Syndrome evaluation package.

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 what we do is not
inadvertently sabotage one another. Yes, I keep what you want private. Therapists get good at that.

Mine isn’t a “take sides” role, although you’ll find support, undoubtedly.
You’re both wonderful, not that we all couldn’t use some improvement. Why else would you
have chosen one another in the first place?