Linda StevensLinda completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology at Queensland University in 1983, and later in her career completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University.
Linda has many years experience providing couples therapy and helping people to navigate their relationships, particularly with respect to issues involving parenting, family, communication, conflict, domestic violence, anger management and couple dynamics. Between 2005 and 2012 Linda was the senior counsellor and program co-ordinator for a community-based service specialising in couple and family therapy and relationship issues. In that capacity, as well as providing therapy she supervised and trained other therapists and oversaw program content, including co-writing a psycho-educational group program for separated parents in conflict. Linda has also facilitated groups for women who have experienced domestic violence.
As well as couple and family therapy, Linda is experienced at providing both short term and long term individual therapy and treatment. She has worked as an Employee Assistance Provider delivering short term therapy for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, workplace conflict, adjustment to change, grief, and relationship difficulties. She has also worked in private practice and non-government organisations providing short and long term therapy for a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, relationship difficulties, self esteem difficulties and the impact of family of origin experiences in the development of longstanding life patterns.
In addition to providing generalist counselling and therapy, Linda has completed training in a specialist anxiety disorder service providing assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder, generalised anxiety, excessive worry, and other anxiety conditions.
Linda also works in a specialist medical clinic providing counselling to individuals and couples regarding fertility related issues.
In her clinical approach Linda uses a range of therapy modalities, having found that flexibility is more likely to lead to change. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema-Focused CBT, Integrative Behavioural Couple Therapy (IBCT), Systemic, Solution-Focussed and Narrative frameworks inform her therapeutic approach, as well as the knowledge and understandings gained from clients.
What Linda enjoys most about client work is the opportunity to connect with people and undertake a collaborative process of discovery that leads to life-enhancing change. She aims ultimately to empower people to better recognize their own strengths, make sense of their more counterproductive patterns, and find more effective ways to manage themselves and their relationships with others.
Linda is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.