Hello, my name is Linda Blackburn. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of North Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from East Carolina University in 1993 and my Master's of Social Work Degree from East Carolina University in 1994 through an Advanced Standing Master's Program. I began my professional life as a Registered Nurse working with Adolescents and Adults in Psychiatric Nursing for eleven years. In 1992 I made the professional decision to move to Social Work with the goal of becoming an LCSW. I received my License in Clinical Social Work in 1995.
I have extensive experience in outpatient counseling as the owner of my own practice for over ten years and in working in other outpatient practice settings over the years. While my experience has been with various diagnoses and behavioral disorders, my primary focus has been in the treatment of anxiety as well as depression. I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). For twelve years I also worked as a Seminar Instructor with several continuing education groups providing day-long seminars around the United States on Grief, Bereavement, and Loss Therapy - Death and Non-Death Related. Over the past ten years, I also worked as an Adjunct Professor in Social Work for Shaw University, Raleigh North Carolina, teaching entry-level Social Work courses. What has been the most important factor for me over the years is the privilege to work with clients in developing trusting relationships that lead to an open team approach to counseling and effective outcomes.
My theoretical approach to counseling is primarily an eclectic one focusing primarily on a person's unique needs and the situation at the time. I believe in the importance of respect, sensitivity, compassion and always maintaining a nonjudgmental approach to counseling. The understanding and the acceptance of people for who they are and their situation, and then tailoring a treatment approach that allows for personal growth and positive outcomes is fundamental to me in my role as your counselor. I realize that taking this step to reach out and ask for help can be frightening and confusing. I congratulate you on taking this important first step, and I look forward to working with you to achieve your better life.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
NC LCSW C002773
VA LCSW 0904004997
The first time I started talking with Linda, I felt broken, and weak...2 years later...I feel like a completely different person! I have nothing to say but how amazing she is
Written on Jul 12, 2023 after therapy with Linda for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Linda’s knowledge, perspective, empathy and guidance have helped me tremendously, through what is probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever been through.
Written on May 01, 2023 after therapy with Linda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes
Linda is extremely supportive and attentive. I felt comfortable with her from the very start. She is also very knowledgeable and a great resource.
Written on Apr 17, 2023 after therapy with Linda for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties
I can't say enough great things about Linda and my experience with her. She is very skilled, caring, hard working, and extremely knowledgeable. She has given me so many tools and helped me improve as a person. I have always felt heard and and looked forward to our sessions. Thank you so much!
Written on Mar 19, 2023 after therapy with Linda for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and adhd
Written on Mar 03, 2023 after therapy with Linda for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues
Linda helped my understand so much stuff about myself, of course I recommend her !
Written on Dec 31, 2022 after therapy with Linda for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem