Linda  Smart-Sullivan
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Linda Smart-Sullivan

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, LCSW-C Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Maryland Accepting Online
Updated January 7, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Trauma

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

Hello,

I am glad that you are choosing to consider therapy. It is a big step for many people! I enjoy talking with my clients , and providing an environment where there isn't any judgement , I listen to my clients talk , and I hope that there is a feeling of being comfortable between myself and the clients. I want them to feel like they can talk about things , that they may not tell anyone else. My clients and I will decide on a treatment plan , and we will be be working towards those goals without being pressured. I use various methods with clients, two of them being Cognitive Behavioral therapy and mindfulness. I have a lot of experience in helping people in many different areas. I do accept numerous insurances including Medicare. A client can call me, and we can talk for 15 minutes before the person decides on therapy. If I am not available when you call, leave your name and number. I will return your call promptly. You can also contact me by email.

I conduct therapy online with clients who live in the state of Maryland. I also work with couples. I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Specialties

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $130 - $150

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Maryland)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am to 4pm
  • Tue 9am to 2pm
  • Wed 9am-7pm
  • Thu 9am-7pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Licensure

Maryland: 03272


Languages

English