Linda Whitlock LCSW
Only in an open, nonjudgemental space can we acknowledge what we are feeling. Only in an open space where we're not caught up in our own version of reality can we see and hear and feel who others really are, which allows us to be with them and communicate with them properly. Pema Chodron
This quote defines for me the kind of space I try to provide for those coming to me seeking help. We all encounter challenges during the course of our life and sometimes those challenges present us with difficulties in which we may need assistance. As a counselor with over 30 years of experience I have attempted to develop a practice in which the uniqueness of each client is valued and together through an interactive dialog we work to build on your strengths, develop goals that will assist you in facing your current challenges with confidence, as well as learn strategies to help resolve the problems that bring you to therapy.
I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983 with a master's degree in social work. My work experience began in residential care providing individual and group treatment for adolescents who could no longer live with their families due to a variety of reasons including abuse and/or behavioral difficulties that could not be managed in the home. I received extensive training in family structural therapy and ecological systems theory and worked with children and their families to assist them in staying in their homes, moving into foster care or transitioning into independent living. I also worked for and became a supervisor in an agency that provided in home counseling services for children and their families to prevent out of home placement and consulted with therapeutic family group homes to assist them with implementing effective behavior management programs for the children in their care.
While living in Charlottesville, VA, I established a private practice and worked there until moving to Wilmington 19 years ago. I have extensive experience in counseling victims of childhood trauma both through individual counseling and group work. I have formulated a model for group therapy for abuse survivors using experiential techniques such as art, writing, story telling, guided imagery, relaxation and mindfulness. Throughout the years I have received training in mindfulness meditation and the use of relaxation exercises to benefit clients who were experiencing depression and anxiety related to past trauma.
I am a proponent of the use of alternative techniques such as yoga, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care and exercise to address emotional issues that also manifest as physical problems such as chronic pain, headaches, digestive problems and sleep difficulties.
Currently I am providing counseling services to individuals with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, PTSD and anger management problems. I also provide couples counseling and family counseling to address conflict resolution and support effective communication, problem solving and nurturing relationships.
I look forward to meeting you, hearing you and together working to accomplish your goals.