She/Her/HersLicensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, LCSW-C Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Linda Smart-Sullivan is a Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical located in Bel Air, MD. Linda provides individuals, across the age span, with a space where they can talk about their feelings and receive empathy, validation, and gentle redirection. Many of Linda’s clients struggle with addiction or substance use. She also treats those with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and grief including complicated grief. Some of her clients are involved with the justice system or are going through divorce.
Linda offers clients a compassionate ear, and creates a space where they can feel comfortable in expressing their emotions. She utilizes Motivational Interviewing to help clients establish their understanding of readiness for change, and the underlying motivations behind their unhealthy behaviors like substance use. She also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a thoughts-based therapy modality that teaches clients how to avoid self-critical thoughts, which can lower self-esteem or self-worth. Clients learn how to reflect on their background and the meaningful experiences of their past, which can be helpful in understanding their current situation.
Linda earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has over 40 years of experience working with clients, and enjoys helping clients put together strategies to improve their lives.
Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping
Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Cecil County Detention Center, Social Worker, 2017 - 2019
State of Maryland, Social Worker, 1982 - 1986
University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Master's Degree in Social Work, 1981