Office(419) 281-3716  Hours: M, W, F 7a-5p; T & Th: 7a-8p (limited services)-Please call ahead
24 Hour Crisis: (419) 289-6111   Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741
Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence: (419) 289-8085

Linda Smith

 

Linda Smith MSW, LISW-S is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ashland University and her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University - Columbus. Linda has been employed at Appleseed Community Mental Health Center since 2002. Linda has worked half of this time with children and families and the other half of this time with adults. She has worked in various school settings and with incarcerated juveniles providing counseling to students and youth thereby improving access to mental health services. Linda has had extensive training in Family & Systems Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which is used to treat trauma and a multitude of other treatment symptoms. Linda is also a part-time weekend crisis worker primarily providing services at Samaritan Hospital and Ashland Co. Jail.

 

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