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Linda J. MacDonald, Resume

Linda J. MacDonald background, qualifications

Linda J. MacDonald, MS, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 30 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 16 other Christian therapists.

She has a special interest in:

  • Helping couples and individuals recover from infidelity
  • Teaching people how to repair hurts in their relationships
  • Healing prayer for childhood wounds
  • Equipping people with skills to overcome personal and family dysfunctions
  • Exploring ways to ameliorate depression
  • Giving people tools as they recover from growing up in alcoholic homes
  • Spiritual, emotional abuse
  • Recovery from Trauma
  • Developing coping strategies for step families
  • Helping people process grief and loss
  • And various singles’ issues, healthy dating, and life transitions

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.

  • Marital Struggles
  • Family  Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Grief Recovery
  • Intimate Betrayal
  • Healing from Infidelity
  • Trauma
  • Stepfamilies
  • Singles’ Issues
  • Healthy Dating
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Women’s Issues
  • Codependency
  • Anxiety

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.

2016 – Now  The Shepherd’s Center for Counseling Services

2001 – 2016  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.

Interview with The Peninsula Gateway, Therapist Helps Mend Marriages, July 27, 2011,link:

How to Help Your Spouse Heal from Your Affair: A Compact Manual for the Unfaithful Healing Counsel Press, Nov 2010

Overjoining Can Jeopardize Therapy-, WAMFT Newsletter, Winter 2008

Who Will You Become? e-book, self-published, 2005

How to Help Your Spouse Heal from Your Affair, article version, self-published, 2006

The Story Behind the Story, YL Relationships Magazine, Winter 1998

Broken Heart, self-published one-act play, 1980 estimated audiences 3.5 million world-wide

Misc. self-published, counseling-related articles and handouts

Upcoming book: Sideswiped: Recovering from the Trauma of the Post-Affair Divorce