Linda Blair is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist. She obtained her academic degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University and her clinical degree from the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Linda offers short-term psychotherapy, which is a combination of cognitive behaviour therapy and practical problem solving. She’s trained to work with all age groups and all psychological disorders, although she particularly enjoys working with families, children and teenagers. Her special interests include managing stress (including exam and work stress), helping individuals overcome phobias and depression, and working with those whose relationships are in difficulty. She also helps patients cope with chronic pain. Her research work has covered mindfulness, family relationships and eating disorders.
Linda is also the author of four books. Her most recent, The Key to Calm, embodies her approach to her clinical work. She also writes a weekly column, Mind Healing, for The Telegraph.
B.A., Psychology, Wellesley College, USA, 1973
M.A., Developmental Psychology, Harvard University, 1977
M.Phil., Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry University of London, 1980
Linda is married with three children, three step-children, two dogs and a cat. Her leisure activities include swimming, walking, gardening, yoga and reading.
Special clinical interests
Mindfulness and stress management; Anxiety disorders, Insomnia and Depression; Parenting skills; Relationship issues; Managing conflict in families; Eating disorders; Phobias; Obsessive compulsive disorders; Dealing with chronic illness; Dealing with end of life issues; Psychological aspects of infertility and loss; Autistic spectrum and other developmental disorders
Parenting and family issues, particularly in divorce and remarriage
Management of patients suffering from dementia
The effects of birth order on the development of personality
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies
Health and Care Professions Council: approved, 2009 to present
British Psychological Society: Chartered Psychologist from 1988 ; Member, Division of Clinical Psychology (M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology) from 1980; Associate Fellow from 2005; Chartered Scientist from 2007; Member, Register of Practice Supervisors from 2011.
Phi Beta Kappa