Linda A May, MSS, CW, CACD

Linda A May, MSS, CW, CACD

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Worker
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 17138
Office 1
6 Radnor Way
Wayne, PA 19087
Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: *Groups are $50.00 for 90 minutes, individual is $105.00 for 60-90 minutes. Family therapy $440.00 for 3-4 hours. Travel expense: when interventions or critical incident debriefing requires travel to a different site, travel time is billed at $125.00 per hour.
*Sliding fee scale for individuals discussed on an as needed basis.
*Policy is: financial issues are not permitted to interfere with treatment. Experience demonstrates that good will 'pays off' in the final analysis; very few people take advantage of the good will demonstrated on their behalf by this therapist. Sadly, failure to honor debt is not a good prognostic indicator.

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My work of over 30 years is guided by extensive experience and learning. Work in treatment outcomes research drives my use of the therapeutic alliance, implicit cognition, attachment theory and empirically validated mentalizing treatment. We deal with unwanted outcomes and difficulty with self-love. Such problems have enormous span, some examples are: 1. difficulty with emotion, 2. impoverished self-care, 3. self-defeating patterns like substance misuse, 4. relationship problems, 5. poor self-regulation. Mentalizing is the empirically validated treatment I use to promote learning to love one's self fully and achieve your goals, get what you want in your life to the greatest extent possible. I teach finite thinking and the effective management of emotion. Normally, the folks I work with have adverse developmental experiences resulting in out-dated procedures for coping with today's world. Many are helping professionals, such as dentists, doctors, physicians assistants, mothers, really competent care-givers, with a noticeable problem in the area of self-care.
Individual and interpersonal process group psychotherapy are the main modalities of care used. Psychodrama is also used as an excellent way to get emotional expression moving in a least threatening way with psychodramatist Nancy Willis. We track outcomes in real time by evaluating reflective function. We have a place to use meditation CDs in between sessions, or when you like. I just finished a beautiful new building to provide a warm welcome private place to love yourself fully.

Email or Call Linda A May, MSS, CW, CACD at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17138

More Info About My Practice

The emphasis is on mentalizing: keeping your mind in mind and keeping other people's minds in mind. A great deal of attention is paid to language because how we speak reflects how we thinks. And when thinking is muddled, impersonal and imprecise, so are the realizations of your dreams. Finite thinking, differentiating your self from others, managing emotions like the crucial data delivery systems that they are instead of villifying them. Feelings are not for sissies! Managing emotion is an art we practice to perfection. Emotions are the best guides to our needs and their fulfillment. So we embrace emotion, get to know one another well and solve problems. Depression is a mismanagement of emotion, not a problem in itself. It is the result of a problem respecting ourselves, our emotions and our needs.

* I don't accept any insurance but keep my fees down instead. I provide bills which can be submitted for out-of-network benefits. I specialize in group process interpersonal psychotherapy.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

In the therapeutic alliance patients can expect to be heard and understood. Patients can expect to feel liked. Patients can expect me to have their best interests at heart. Since most of my patients have multiple problems, normally due to some form of complex trauma, treatment takes time. I recommend group psychotherapy to all my patients. I believe that as many of the problems my patients have stem from relationship injuries, healing relationships are both needed and especially helpful. I believe that njuries my patients experienced early on resulted in most of the problem I see and these are often difficulties related to self-regulation and self-defeating behaviors.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    My patients are terrific people. I work with adults, early 20's through late 60's early 70's. We set up goals for treatment and work towards realizing them steadfastly. Most of my patients have learned some maladaptive coping strategies along the way; since my patients are very smart, they learned well what they were taught. We learn new skills here. For instance, all emotions, except poorly managed emotions, are positive. Emotions are data delivery systems and they come with energy needed to complete tasks associated with the information. Great systems! It is amazing how few people realize this. Emotions tend to get vilified instead of valued as life giving information and energy.
    I use mentalizing treatment methods, that is, keeping one's mind in mind, and keeping other people's minds in mind (with a few caveats here). This method is empirically validated across multiple presenting problems and it is so much deeper than some other strategies; I think people are complicated and deep. I also focus on language, a tool we use every day so much of the time we hardly notice it. Language is huge. The language used day in and day out has a major impact on each person's life; on what other people hear and understand about you, and about what you hear and think about you. We watch language carefully, & manage it well.
    Rather than focusing on one particular sort of problem, like anxiety, I focus on the individual; what are the problematic issues you are confronting, what problems are you experiencing in relation to getting what you want, and what skills can we build to improve your life. I prefer individuals to categories.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Attachment Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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