LINDA TELL, RN, MFT
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 you.
A long-time 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.”
Periodically 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 follow”.
“A 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.”