Linda J. MacDonald, MS, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 28 years’ experience. She graduated  from  Seattle Pacific  University in 1988 with  a  Masters degree in   Marriage  and   Family Therapy.  She did her internship with Lutheran Social Services and has been in private practice since 1987, usually with a group of other counseling clinicians. She currently works at The Shepherd's Center for Counseling Services with a team of 11 other Christian therapists.

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     Linda believes the spiritual part of our lives is a key component in emotional and relational healing.  She personally embraces a Christian worldview, and yet is very respectful of others' beliefs.  She uses an active, coaching style of therapy while offering empathetic support as people find peace in the midst of chaos, meaning from pain, and wholeness out of brokenness. 

     Along with her love of counseling, Linda is a workshop leader, freelance writer, and author of the widely  used one-act play, Broken Heart.  She has conducted workshops on: Healthy Dating, Healing the Root  of Bitterness, The Healing Power of Apology, Conflict Resolution, Healing Abandonment Grief,  Recovering from Intimate Betrayal: Together, and Recovering from Intimate Betrayal: Alone.

      Linda is married to Dan MacDonald, Pastor of DuPont Community Presbyterian Church. They enjoy kayaking, camping, reading, long walks. They also enjoy volunteering for such ministries as Celebrate Recovery, local prison ministry, teaching  opportunities, marriage education, and retreats.  They have four adult children  between them and six grandchildren.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
RELATED EXPERIENCE
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        http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/07/27/1760903/therapist-helps-mend-marriages.html

        Healing Counsel Press, Nov 2010



        self-published, 2006


        estimated audiences 3.5 million  world-wide



SPECIALTIES / AREAS OF INTEREST
EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS

   Washington State Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, #LF00001029

   Member of Family Systems Therapists Northwest

   Member of Pierce County Counselors Association (PCCA)

   Member of The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

   M.S., Marriage & Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University, 1988.

   B.A., General Studies with Emphasis in Counseling, Antioch University, 1985.

   A.A., Dental Hygiene, Shoreline Community College, 1973.

Linda has also attended many workshops over the years, most notably on helping couples and individuals heal from  infidelity.  She has 72 hours of CEU's related to infidelity recovery, and has sat under some of the top experts in the country, including a 20 hour AAMFT intensive training with infidelity expert Dr. Shirley Glass, and live workshops with Janice A. Spring, PhD,  Frank Pittman, MD., and Emily Brown, PhD.
  1987 – Now      Individual, Marriage & Family Therapist, Private Practice, Various office   
                           settings, with brief gaps associated with geographical relocations.
  2001 - Now     The Shepherd’s Center for Psychological Services                                      
  2002 - Now      Monthly Peer Consultation, Puyallup Consult Group, Summit View Clinic
  2009 - Now      Taught workshops on recovering from intimate betrayal, unwanted divorce, and PTSD
  1994 – 2000     Pearl Counseling Associates, with weekly peer consultation
  1992 – 1994     Pearl Counseling Associates
  1989 – 1992     Discovery  Counseling Associates, w/ weekly peer consultations
  1988 – 1989     Home office, private practice
  1997 – 1988     Home office, private practice with supervision
  1987 – 1988     Counseling Intern, Lutheran Social Services
  1986 – 1988     Clinical Training, Presbyterian Counseling Service, AAMFT accredited
  1983 - 1985     Taught Lay Counselor Training Program, Calvary Northshore        
  1979 - 1985     Lay Counselor, Calvary Northshore, 8 - 15 hours per week
  1980 -  Now     Wrote, Directed & Self-Published Therapeutic Drama, "Broken Heart"
  1988 - 1991     Trained women Young Life Leaders (mostly college age) 
  1970 - 1978     Volunteer Young Life Leader (of teenagers), 12 - 15 hours per week. 
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The Shepherd's Center.
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