Linda is the owner and former Executive Director of Intensive Trauma Therapy. She is a board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board. She is well known among art therapists, having served as president and journal editor of the American Art Therapy Association, and as chair of the National Coalition of Art Therapies Associations. She is also a leading art therapy researcher and author, as well as the developer with Carmello Tabone of the internationally recognized Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale. Linda has taught in a number of graduate art therapy programs including the George Washington University, Vermont College, Notre Dame de Namur, and Florida State University.
Linda worked for 7 years in her first art therapy position on the psychiatric and detoxification units at Prince George’s General Hospital, Cheverly, Maryland. During that time in the mid-1970s, the hospital staff did no routine screening for psychological traumas. The conventional wisdom was that such things were better left alone. But the art therapy program Linda conducted provided patients a means of showing their subjective experiences when they had no words for them. With the benefit of hindsight Linda could look back and see that a number of people who were hospitalized repeatedly were actually trauma survivors.
Over her 40-year career, Linda watched the field of traumatology grow and develop in its theories and research. As she and Lou developed their theoretical model, Linda contributed her expertise in the nonverbal techniques of art therapy. She demonstrated that such techniques have the ability to not just manage trauma symptoms but to eliminate them for good.
Linda is committed to spreading the word about effective trauma treatment through the professional training programs she has developed, her writings, and the website and mobile apps she has developed (www.TraumaTherapyApp.com). Linda strives to give trauma survivors tools for life that are useful far beyond the actual therapy sessions.