Linda Wolfe, masters level clinician
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?"
I first heard these words spoken by Laurence Fishburne, in “Akeelah and the Bee”, a powerful little film about a young girl’s triumph over expected failure. The words captivated me and have become an integral part of my work with clients.
I believe in the possibility of permanent change. It’s hard stuff but possible. It takes committed work, a belief in the possibility of change and a partnership with a perceptive and respectful counselor.
The messages we hear throughout our lives from others have a profound influence on the messages we tell ourselves. Negative and pejorative self-talk is the most destructive influence on our self-worth, motivation and ability to feel and be successful.
Change the script and we can change the thoughts, patterns, behaviors and outcomes. This isn’t just a philosophy or a theoretical approach to therapy, but the dynamic and guided way I live my own life.
I’ve seen teenagers anger and rage dissipate, college students unsure of their futures able to move forward and find direction, and adults near retirement age replace their sense of loss of what COULD have been, with a wonderment and excitement for what CAN be.
My approach is Cognitive/Behavioral while integrating other theoretical approaches as needed to ensure my clients can make the long-lasting change they want to accomplish.
It is often said that change is the only constant in life. Yet we resist it because we fear it. I think Maya Angelou summed it up the best; “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”
And for some levity; "Change is inevitable--except from a vending machine."-Robert C. Gallagher
Therapy provided: Individual, Family, Couples
Ages Seen: Middle school age, Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Seniors, Couples
Specializes In: Anger, Self-Injury, Relational Conflict, Anxiety, Relationship Struggles,
Adjustment Disorders, Parenting, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Strategic Therapy
• B.A. in Psychology, State University of New York, New Paltz
• M.S. in Counseling/ Education, Wayne State University
• Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
• Illinois Type 73-School Counselor License
• Illinois Teaching Certificate 6–12
• American Counseling Association
• Florida Counseling Association
• Florida Mental Health Counselor’s Association
• American School Counselor’s Association
• National Education Association