Linda Tamm Psy.D.
NJ Licensed Psychologist #3926
Approach to Treatment:
I take the mystery out of therapy by working collaboratively with you. My role then tends to be like a coach or instructor. We set goals together. I do not make decisions for my clients. Rather we look for patterns in thinking, actions, and relationships that cause problems. We examine the positive and negative outcomes that cause people to get stuck in negative emotions. While we look to the past to learn how patterns are shaped, this treatment is present and future focused. It is more important to build on your strengths than to dwell on weaknesses.
I am a cognitive-behavioral therapist. I have worked with children as young as two years old. I also see many teenagers as well as adults. Their problems include tantrums, chronic illness, anxiety, hyperactivity, moodiness, depression, coping with divorce, grief, and self injury. I treat individuals, couples and families. I have worked with the courts doing divorce conflict management and supervised visitation.
I can do academic, personality, and intellectual testing. I also do child sexual behavior assesments, and have expertise with child maltreatment treatment/assessment. I have also done extensive parenting evaluations. I work with gay/lesbian clients in all modes of therapy, and also help them network with related resources. "
Educational and Training History:
1987 - 1991
B.A. with honors
Majors: Psychology as Lab Science and English
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903
1991 - 1998
Psy.D., Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08855-0819
Certification in Advanced Studies in Child Maltreatment
Specialization in Child Sexual Abuse New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute Granted from Clinical Experience, Supervision and Training
Experiences in Academia:
Culturally Competent Practice and Trauma Informed Care: Rutgers University, "Life Cycle Milestones in LGTQ Lives: Coming Out, Relationships, and Family" with Dr. Tammy Dorff
Secretary for the Board of the GSAPP Alumni Association
Part-Time Lecturer, GSAPP, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ: Co-taught course entitled "Clinical Issues in Working with LGBT Clients" with Dr. Tammy Dorff
Princeton House Grand Rounds: Current Research and Practice for LGBTQ Community: In Person and Via Intranet
Speaker at Rutgers University's annual diversity conference, Piscataway, NJ: Co-presented Contemporary Issues in Working with LGBT Clients: Legal, Research, and Treatment Issues in Couples Treatment.
Guest lecturer (along with Dr. Tammy Dorff and Theresa Lyons, MSW, JD) for Nancy Boyd-Franklin's diversity class, GSAPP, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. I co- presented on issues in psychotherapy with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients and their families. My focus was on the impact of heterosexism and homophobia, coming out, and bullying in schools.
GSAPP Cultural Conference: Balancing Career, Relationships, Life and Family
Chair of a doctoral dissertation for a student from Fordham University. Topic: "Psychosocial Factors that Impact Types of Child Maltreatment."
Consultant and Expert Editor for "Child Maltreatment: A Clinical Guide and Reference." GW Medical Publishing 2001.
Teacher in a graduate class at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University. Class focus: Child, parent and family assessments in cases of sexual abuse.
July 1998 - August 1999
Supervisor of clinical research projects for graduate and undergraduate students the Family Outreach Program, Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Spring 1998 & 1997
Teacher of internship seminars for graduate level students at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Topic: Child and adolescent development and assessment.
August 1993 - August 1991
Teacher of undergraduate classes at Rutgers University and Supervisor of related field placement activities. Topic: Child development and autism.
Certified as an expert in multiple courts: Approved as a provider of Custody Neutral Assessments
Practicum Supervisor: doctoral student in psychology Union Institute & University Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology
December 2007 - September 2008
Supervision of forensic psychologists at Child Protection Center: parenting assessment and child maltreatment
Individual Supervisor for graduate students at GSAPP, Rutgers University.
Co-Owner of Strides in Psychotherapy, P.C., Somerset, NJ. Psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents and couples with a wide variety of diagnoses and presenting problems. Expertise in Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender clients, as well as trauma assessment and treatment.
We hire and supervise employees (psychologists and office staff) and do treatmnent, as well as marketing and to promote the business as well as business management.
Evaluations at Carrier Clinic: IQ testing
Divorce Mediation: Training through New Jersey Association of Mediators
December 2001 - Present
Private Practice in Somerset specializing in childhood and adolescence Individual, couples, and family therapy, including therapeutic visitation
March 2003 - December 2003
Consultant to the Child Protection Center
parenting assessment, custody issues
evaluations regarding physical/sexual abuse or neglect of children, parenting ability, attachment and other psychological indicators
testimony as an expert witness
May 2001 - September 2002
CARRI Program's in-home counseling program
Weekly group supervision of clinicia
September 1999 - December 2001
Child Protection Center at St. Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
Psychological and parenting evaluations of adults.
Psychological assessments of children in families with allegations of sexual and physical abuse or neglect.
Testimony as an expert witness
February 1999 - Present
Private Practice in Metuchen, NJ
Psychotherapy and evaluations for a variety of conditions
in multiple age groups.
Supervisor: David Krauss, Ph.D.
July 1998 - August 1999
Outreach Unit at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ
Supervising outreach workers in home interventions: therapy, parenting skills and visitation
Grant activities - quarterly updates to county and yearly renewal and pre-site interviews.
In-home counseling of clients, and therapeutic visitation
Community presentations regarding outreach services to team multi-disciplinary meetings.
Supervisor: Nancy Harrison, Psy.D.
July 1996 - July 1998
Family Enrichment Program at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ
Forensic evaluations of adults and children to assess: impact of physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect, level of family risk, current mental status, and parenting abilities.
Testimony in court as an expert witness.
Supervisor: Elizabeth Smith, Psy.D.
July 1996 - June 1998
Catholic Charities Diagnostic Center, Bonnie Brae Campus, Millington, NJ
Intellectual, psychological, and academic evaluations of teenagers who failed multiple placements or were residing in detention facilities. Children were placed by DYFS due to sexual/physical abuse history
Supervisor: Doug Haymaker, Ph.D
July 1995 - July 1996
The Psychiatric Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Psychology internship in a hospital outpatient setting.
Treatment and case management for adults, children and families.
Psychological and learning evaluations.
Intakes and general assessments.
Home-based clinic therapy.
Rotation in the Special Needs Clinic, which helps families coping with an HIV or AIDS
Rotation in the Anxiety and Depression Clinic.
Supervisors: Claude Mellins, Ph.D., and Ann Putzel, Ph.D.
October 1994 - May 1995
Family Enrichment Program at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ
Forensic evaluations for the Division of Youth and Family Services and NJ Courts.
Clinical therapy with victims of physical and/or sexual abuse.
Clinical therapy with offenders of physical and/or sexual abuse.
Participation in interdisciplinary case conferences.
Supervisors: Nancy Harrison, Psy.D., Elizabeth Smith, Psy.D.
February 1992 - May 1995
The Psychological Clinic at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Varied treatment approaches with multiple age groups, including individual multi-modal therapy, cognitive/behavioral therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy.
Supervisors: Arnold Lazarus, Ph.D., David Krause, Ph.D., Don Clark, Ed.D., and Mike Asher, Ph.D
May 1993 - July 1994
Haven Hospice and Bereavement Center at JFK Hospital, Edison, NJ
Intakes and general assessments of children, adolescents, and adults.
Supervision bereavement groups for 6-10 year old children.
Facilitation of groups for adults who had lost children of various ages.
Individual therapy with children, teens, and adults with terminal disease themselves or with family member who had terminal diseases.
Consultation with medical professionals.
Home based outreach sessions.
Supervisor: Jennifer Gozlin, M.S.W.
October 1993 - July 1994
Children at Risk, Resources and Interventions (CARRI) Program at the University Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Piscataway, NJ
Student clinical and research activities.
Home based family treatment.
Supervisors: Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D., Elaine Herzog, Ed.D.
August 1991 - August 1993
Douglas Developmental Disabilities Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Teaching assistance in classes for autistic children.
Weekly home consultation on behavior management and parenting skills.
Creation of support group for siblings of autistic children.
Facilitation of group for parent training.
Assessment of children's abilities.
Supervisors: Sandra Harris, Ph.D., Jan Handelman, Ed.D
Peer Supervision Group participant, I attend and help to organize a monthly peer supervision group.