Since I was a young child I wanted to be a
nurse. I graduated from nursing school
in 1973, with a special honor for showing compassion to my patients. It was one of the proudest
moments of my life. I lived and breathed
nursing and my first job was in the Intensive Care Unit of New York University
Medical Center. The whole experience of
living and working in New York City was exhilarating and challenging. Whenever I return “home” to New York, I’m
transported back to my mid 20’s!
I moved to Sacramento at the urging of a
friend; it was not quite what I thought it would be and I sought therapy to figure out what I needed to do next.
Eventually I returned to college and obtained a master’s degree in
counseling psychology. I developed a
private practice and worked with individuals, couples and groups; while
learning how to make my own marriage more successful. Today, I am married 26 years. I acquired two wonderful daughters in the
process, a son-in-law and 2 grandsons!
In recent years, I’ve expanded my work into
the field of family law; both as a mediator, divorce coach and child
specialist. I am grateful for the
opportunity to work with the people to come to see me. I am honored to be allowed a glimpse into your intimate life and permission to candidly share my thoughts or opinions with
friend recently gave me a birthday card with this sentiment inside:
“Dear Linda, When I think of you, I think of loyalty and
rock-solid realism combined with compassion.”
I review thank you notes I have saved, to remind me of my accomplishments or bolster my confidence, when
I am feeling low or doubtful of my abilities.
“Thanks for helping out a child’s mother and father to try to come to an
understanding for the best of the child….Thank you so much for being fair with
both of us and being the voice of (child’s name) best interest.”
“I am taken aback at the effort that you put forth to render a well
written and considered report. The detail provided the factual context within
which you made your assessment and recommendations and the report was easy to
week doesn't go by where we don't remind ourselves about the concepts you
taught us. Your advice echoes in our
conversations and thoughts frequently.
Although there are some days where we struggle, our marriage has become
the marriage we have always wanted--we are best friends who make creating a safe
place for each other a priority. We learned from you the importance of taking
time to have fun with each other. This
has been invaluable in re-energizing our relationship. Thank you for your
help--we both greatly appreciate all that we learned.”