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Linda S. Crites, Ph.D., LCSW-C

Psychotherapist & Life Coach


I earned my BA from UMBC (go Retrievers!), my Masters’ degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and my PhD from the University of Maryland (go Terps!). 

I have specialized training in family therapy, treatment of children and adolescents with behavior and learning problems, trauma treatment, and anxiety and depression.  I participated in the development of programs for military families facing deployment and reintegration, and have conducted disability evaluations for vets who served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan.  In my doctoral dissertation I studied stress in families with new infants.

Before going into private practice, I worked for eight years in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical School with children having behavior and learning problems and their families, managed grants from the U.S. Department of Healtlh and Human Services, and worked with families with HIV.   ​

I have taught psychology, sociology, social work, and family studies, and have conducted research and written articles on family-centered therapy.                           View My Resume

"Research shows that petting me will lower your blood pressure and heighten your sense of well-being."


                      - Karma, the Therapy Dog






"p.s.  If you're not a dog person, I can go lie down in the other room."

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