In 1994 I began my own journey into eating disorder recovery. It took a while for it to stick, but once I fully committed to my own recovery, there was no going back. In 1997 I had a life-changing experience that pointed me toward being of service in the area of recovery. I then entered a Master's degree program at New College and began my professional training. In 1999, I started bringing healing arts groups into Chemical Dependency rehabs, where I worked for many years. I also trained with an Expressive Arts practitioner in Anna and Daria Halprin's Body Portrait process using art-making, movement, and writing to re-image the body. In 2003, I re-entered graduate school in Meridian University's Clinical Psychology Doctoral program to train as a Psychologist. During this time, I did my predoctoral training and intern hours in an intensive outpatient Eating Disorder rehab working with clients recovering from anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive/binge eating under the supervision of a licensed Psychologist. I also began presenting my doctoral work of using expressive arts and the 12 steps to heal disordered eating and body image at national conferences including Summit Eating Disorders conference and the Naltional Expressive Arts Therapy conference. Since then, I have continued working in intensive outpatient programs, residential rehabs, and completing my Pre and Post Doc hours as a Psychological Assistant at the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED) clinic under the supervision of Dr Deborah Brenner Liss, Licensed Psychologist. I love working with clients indvidually, in groups, and in workshops being of service giving back the gift of recovery that has been so graciously given to me.
If you have any questions for Linda, you can email her at Linda_Shanti@yahoo.com or Linda@DrLindaShanti.com