About Dr. Linda
Dr Linda Shanti ("Recovery mama") holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. She has worked in the field of Eating Disorder, Chemical Dependency, Anxiety, Depression, and Codependency Recovery since 1999. She served as a therapist in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care with women and their families. Her doctoral research focused on re-image-ing the body using expressive arts with women recovering from bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. Dr Linda is certified in Postpartum International's Perinatal Mood and Anxiety components of care, and has completed trainings in expressive arts therapy, soulcollage, and trauma.
In our work together, we can work on identifying the ways your critical self-talk relates to your behaviors with food, self-image, blocked creativity, depression (including Postpartum Depression and Anxiety), anxiety, or codependence. Through compassionate mirroring, pragmatic tools, expressive arts, spiritual practice/mindfulness, listening to your body's wisdom, and developing support, you can learn how to strengthen your ability to be with uncomfortable emotions. We can also look at how your family of origin experience has affected you, what interpersonal tools you would like to keep, and which interpersonal behaviors are no longer serving you. The goal is to learn how to be both more present and fiercely compassionate with yourself.
Dr Linda is a member of the following professional organizations:
- Postpartum Support International (PSI)
- Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED)
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Soulcollage® Facilitator Circle
Dr Linda has presented on Eating Disorders, Expressive arts, and the intersection of Eating Disorders and Perinatal Mood Disorders at International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and Postpartum Support International (PSI) conferences.
Most importantly, this work is her true labor of love. She knows the terrain of eating disorder recovery and "new mommy bootcamp" because she has been there. She recovered twenty years ago. She is a therapist that believes "you can't keep it unless you give it away, but you can't give it away unless you have it."