My name is Linda Libby LCSW. I have been in practice for over 30 years both in the US and now in Israel, treating adults, teens and their families who are dealing with mental health issues, personality disorders, addictions and relationship difficulties.
My approach to my work is based on the belief propounded by Milton Erickson,MD that we have the resources to heal ourselves within, and that the therapist serves as a catalyst to help the client access their inner healing power. I use an ecclectic appraoch including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) , dialectical behavioral therapy(DBT), motivational interviewing and the stages of change approach to habit cessation and relapse prevention.
The goal of my practice is to help my clients live effective lives and to feel confident in their recovery. Together we focus on improving the client"s interpersonal relationships, regulate emotions and increase the client's ability to tolerate and cope with distress that inevitably comes our way. My aim is to help my clients develop tools with which to face life's challenges and to confidently navigate change
The therapy room provides a safe practice space to learn and practice new skils, which are then used in the clients world when new real life situations arise.
Sessions are held in my offices in Talpiot, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. I also provide virtual therapy using video conferencing.
Drinking was destroying my life. I needed help, but as a man in my twenties, I had no idea where to find it. The universe works in mysterious ways, and I ended up as a patient of Linda Libby's at Alternative Solutions. Linda is the kind of therapist who can be nurturing and firm at that same time. She provided me with practical guidance through the most difficult times of my early sobriety. If it had not been for her, I probably would not have made it in AA to put the sober time together that I now have 4 years later. After 5 months of therapy, Linda actually told me that I should focus primarily on my work in AA rather than therapy! She said I had made so much progress that we completely scaled down our session schedule. As a result, I developed skills and experiences that have allowed me to stay alcohol free, while continuing to grow as a person. I highly recommend Alternative Solutions. They are an honest group of therapist who put patients first.
I started therapy with Linda in my mid twenties I saw her for just over two years; she happened to take my insurance and was down the street from my job at that time. Without a doubt seeing Linda was the best decision I ever made. She helped guide me through the PTSD of being molested by a family member, me and my families alcoholism and physical violence. Linda always knew how to make a suggestion without making you feel inadequate; I learned a lot from her not just about my issues but also how to carry myself in life. By the end of our time together she was more like a close friend then a therapist. Linda took a scared angry binge drinking young woman and helped her recover and find her true self. I have a successful career of almost twenty years my own home and a fur-baby named Betty Page, this is a direct result of me taking the time in my twenties to do the hard scary emotional work to help heal and recover, without Linda my life would not have been as successful. You deserve to be happy let Linda help you find your way back to the person you were always suppose to be.
I suffered from PTSD, anxiety and depression for years due to an event that occurred later in life. I had gone to several therapists and psychiatrists over several years. Some took me to as certain point and then could not offer me more of what I felt I needed. Others didn't believe me b/c I never lost my sense of humor and my PTSD didn't occur due to the usual circumstances i.e. war. I felt I needed someone smart who could challenge me , believe me and in me and understand what I was going through. Thank G-d I was pointed in her direction b/c she is smart and was able to challenge me but also support me, validate me and offer her unlimited kindness and compassion appropriately. She got it! I fought to be "normal again" but it was really challenging but she was w/ me all the way; we fought together! When I was in the black hole of depression and wanted to let go-she didn't let me! She NEVER let go and gave me tools for life. She NEVER gave up on me no matter how difficult it was. Eventually I was able to return and complete graduate school w/ a high GPA and obtain a highly respected, detailed oriented job. She sincerely cares and is always there and that's exceptional b/c from my own experience not all therapist care or know what they are doing.She is truly an amazing person and therapist. I trusted her and felt safe w/ her then as I do now.
If you are looking for a professional with years of experience and knowledge, look no further! I was fortunate to have had the guidance and understanding of Ms. Libby, during a very difficult time in my life. I was dealing with alcoholism, anxiety and depression, as well as family issues stemming from these problems. She was able to guide me in the right direction and help me to find constructive solutions to my issues. She helped me to start a new way of life which I will be forever grateful for. I can honestly say that "today I have a life I never knew existed".