Last updated: 5/26/2020

Linda Walker, JD, MSW, LCSW (847) 866-8865
Last Updated: 5/26/2020
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Guidance for Change

Gender: Female

Languages Spoken:
English

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: AT PRESENT, ALL THERAPY IS BEING PROVIDED VIA HIPAA COMPLIANT VIDEO CONFERENCING. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.

If you are reading this, something is not right in your life.  Most people don't like to admit they need help, so congratulations for taking the first step to make things better for you.  Therapy is a working partnership between the therapist and the client. I will team up with you on a short-term basis, focusing on a specific problem, or for a longer time period, looking more closely at your overall makeup, and how you might change some of the parts of you that don’t feel right.  I will help you to identify your strengths and use them to overcome negative self-images and low self-esteem so you can reach your life goals.  And if you should feel like you are lost and you don’t have any goals, I can help you figure out why that is, and what you can do about it. 

People seek help for lots of reasons: the obvious, like depression and anxiety, and the less-obvious, like loneliness, isolation and fear. In between are problems with relationships, career, substance abuse, health, weight, and general well-being, as well as the consequences of major life events such as divorce, job loss and death.  I use a combination of talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and other techniques, to achieve results.

My practice spans adults of all ages.  I have a special affinity for young adults, parents of LGBTQ children, lawyers, and overwhelmed parents.   

Specialties
Focusing on:
Aging Anxiety/Panic Disorders Attachment Disorders Behavioral Problems Career/Employment Concerns Depression Education/Personal Development Family Issues Grief/Loss Interpersonal Relationships Life Transitions Parenting Issues Physical Illness/Impairment Stress Suicidal Thoughts Women's Issues
Also serving:
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.) Addictions/Substance Bipolar Disorders Couple or Marital Issues Domestic Violence Eating Disorders Gender Identity Men's Issues Multicultural Issues Neurological Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder Personality Disorders Phobias Self Abuse Sexual Abuse/Rape Sexual Orientation Sexuality Issues Spiritual/Religious Concerns Trauma/PTSD
Office and Contact Information
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Linda Walker, LCSW
1740 Ridge Ave.
Suite 106
Evanston, IL 60201  
www.guidanceforchange.com
(847) 866-8865

Contact: Linda Walker

Office Hours:
MonBy appointment
TueBy appointment
WedBy appointment
ThuBy appointment
FriClosed
SatBy appointment
SunClosed
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: 2 days

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 12 Hours
Weekends: 1 Day

Accessibility:
Access by Public Transportation
Evening Office Hours
Secure HIPAA-compliant Video (Doxy.me, etc.)
Weekend Office Hours

Qualifications
Degrees:
JD
MSW

Years of Experience: 18

Licensing:
IL - LCSW [149-012514]

Credentials and Certifications:

Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $150
Couples: N/A
Group: N/A
Family: N/A

Sliding Scale: No

Accept Credit Card: Yes

Medicare: Yes
Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
10 minute video session
Brief Phone Consultation
Community Education

Insurance:
AETNA (Open Choice) CIGNA HealthCare
Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) CIGNA HealthCare (PPO)

Age Groups and Specific Populations (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adults (26-59) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)

Specific populations:
Alzheimer's Cancer Patients Caregivers Children of Divorce Chronic Illness College Students Disabled Grandparents Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Obese or Overweight Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc)
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Suicidal Transgender Unemployed
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Advocacy Behavioral Cognitive/Behavioral EMDR Evaluation/Diagnostic Feminist Geriatric Consultation Holistic Information and Referral Long-Term Mediation Parent Guidance Psycho-Educational Psychodynamic Relational Short-Term (Brief Treatment) Social Support
Other theoretical approaches:
Body Centered Psychotherapy Case Management Coaching Crisis Intervention Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) Gottman Method Humanistic Intervention (Alcohol, Drug, Gambling Addiction, etc.) Meditation/Relaxation Mindfulness Based Approaches Narrative Therapy Nutrition Counseling Prevention Somatic Experiencing Spiritual Counseling
Methods - focus areas:
Individual Online Therapy
Other methods:
Couple/Marital Educational or Psycho-Educational Family Systems Group Peer Support Supervision/Consultation
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Christian Jewish
Muslim
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Arabic Armenian Asian Hispanic Irish Italian Russian
Professional Associations
EMDR International Association National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Association of Social Workers (NASW)