Hello, my name is Linda Lara, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southern California. I am a second generation Mexican-American. I became a therapist because the inner-city I grew up in influenced me to help those who could not help themselves due to systemic barriers. Many individuals in East Los Angeles feel they do not have a voice and I became passionate about helping people in my community with their confidence to speak up for themselves- in relationships, family, work, school, community, law, children services, foster care, probation, and many other systems.
I particularly developed an interest in mental health because everything I was learning in school helped me make sense of my own personal life and this helped strengthen my self-awareness and perception of human behavior. I discovered that my purpose in this world is to spread the knowledge I have received to help heal broken hearts, broken homes, and help end the stigma towards mental illness. I specialize in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, anger issues, stress, and domestic violence. I utilize an attachment approach to access your inner-child and heal the wombs that bleed today.
One of the most important things to work on in therapy is finding the root of the problem, where everything is steaming from. Sitting together, we will discover the root of what is causing an imbalance in your life. We will safely uncover masked emotions, explore your attachment style, any trauma you may have experienced and possible destructive behavioral patterns. Your current situation may be causing you to have high stress, sleepless nights, difficulty focusing, worrying all the time, feeling hopeless for change and suicidal ideation. You may also be coming home wanting to punch walls, scream, cry, and isolate because no one seems to understand. I get it, I’ve been there. The sadness, self-doubt, and insecurities are too overwhelming sometimes.
It's time to get up and make a change. Let me guide you to find the light in times of darkness. There's a reason why life sent you here to read this. I'm here to help you dig deep into your roots and help make sense of your life. This can lead you to feeling at peace, having an increase in your self-esteem, and being able to manage your emotions by developing new healthy ways to cope with life when shit hits the fan.
I utilize an integrated approach- including the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual self. The traditional psychotherapy modalities I use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) and Psychodynamic Therapy. For trauma, I utilize Brainspotting which focuses on the parts of the brain where your memories and emotions are stored. This approach is somatic in which we focus on your body sensation as we access your subconscious and process experiences that may be influencing trauma symptoms.
I tailor treatment interventions based on individual needs because everyone's story and response to trauma is different. My approach is client centered with a gentle push for accountability. I dedicate my time into personal and professional development to continuously work on being the best version of myself. I promote self-care, self-advocacy, and self-determination.
Insurance & Fees
I accept the following insurance: Aetna, Optum, MHN, Kaiser (Northern, CA)
Out of Pocket Cash Rates:
Individual Session: $100-$150, 50 min.
“There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself. It is the best investment you can make; you can never go wrong with it. It is the true way to improve yourself to be the best version of you and lets you be able to best serve those around you.”
― Roy T. Bennett
I attended Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, CA. I studied social work and received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) in 2011. I attended University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. I studied social work and received my Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2014. During my studies, I completed internships at A Place Called Home, Human Services Association, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles- Adolescent Medicine.
Professional work experience...
I have worked for the following: Foster Family Agency, Wraparound Program, Intensive Field Services Program, Community Mental Health, Adolescent Group Home, Victims of Crime, Partial Hospital Program- Gero Psych, Intensive Outpatient Program- Gero Psych, Nurturing Parenting Program, Child Abuse Prevention Intervention and Treatment, Batterers' Intervention Program, Substance Abuse Program, and Private Practice.
Problem area experience...
Depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, stress, self-esteem, attachment, childhood abuse, domestic violence (victims and perpetrators), panic attacks, anger management, suicide ideation, personality disorders, culture conflict, systematic barriers, communication issues, parent-child conflict, intergenerational conflicts, cps involvement, probation involvement, iep involvement, probation court involvement, and supporting family members with a mental health illness.
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Brainspotting is effective for a wide variety of emotional and somatic conditions. Brainspotting is particularly effective with trauma-based situations, helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression and other behavioral conditions. It can also be used with performance and creativity enhancement. Brainspotting gives the therapist access to both brain and body processes. Its goal is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain.