Stepping Stones Counselling Group
1893 Ethel St.
Kelowna V1Y 2Z3
Disputes around custody and access are not uncommon when parents are separated or divorced. Legislation in British Columbia dictates that the child’s best interests are paramount, and this requires consideration of the child’s perspective. However the child’s developmental level, loyalties and stress can all combine to make it challenging for some children to express their views. With over 30 years of experience as a social worker who specialized in counselling children, youth and families, Linda has a thorough understanding of child development and is able to establish a rapport with children of all ages. She is sensitive to children’s concerns around divorce and separation and is able to create an environment where they feel safe sharing their feelings and concerns.
Linda has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto. As a paediatric social worker, she worked with children of all ages and with a range of health challenges and disabilities. She is a grief and loss specialist and developed the Bereavement and Palliative Care Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Linda was also an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Mount Royal University for 13 years. In this capacity Linda developed and taught courses on child development, family counselling, children’s mental health, and grief and loss. Having moved to the Okanagan in 2014, Linda gained her certification in Structured Analysis Family Evaluation, doing SAFE Adoption Home Studies for the Kelowna Adoption Centre. She joined the Stepping Stones Counselling Group in 2017, where she works as a therapist specializing in anxiety, adjustment to life transitions, grief and loss, and parent coaching.
Linda is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and has done training with the Justice Institute of BC. She is a Registered Social Worker in British Columbia and Alberta.