photo of Linda Hershman, LMFT

Linda became a discernment counselor because she recognized the need for a different way to work with couples in which at least one partner is unsure whether they want to work on the marriage. Currently, she is the only certified Discernment Counselor in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Linda provides Discernment Counseling in Berwyn, PA and Margate, NJ, and serves the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware areas.

Experience as a Therapist

Linda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has been in practice for almost 20 years. Linda earned her master’s degree from Chestnut Hill College, then completed post-graduate training at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center.

Prior to starting a full-time private practice in 2005, Linda was the family therapist at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment’s outpatient addictions program. She has worked in every level of care, from inpatient to residential treatment and intensive outpatient. This experience gives Linda a unique understanding of challenges and needs faced by individuals, couples, and families as they navigate the complex mental health system.

Linda has extensive experience with addictions and adult children of alcoholics. She is certified in EMDR, an approved treatment for trauma and PTSD, and is in-process of becoming an approved consultant for therapists who wish to become EMDR-certified. She is an approved supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and provides supervision for licensure.

Public Speaking and Writing

Linda presents at workshops and conferences for therapists, professionals who promote healthy divorce, and the public, including: NJ Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 2016 annual conference, American Family Therapists Academy, PA Certification Board substance abuse training, and the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center. She was a panelist on Main Line Today’s Healthy Divorce workshop and was interviewed for the February, 2016 Healthy Divorce issue of the magazine. As contributing editor, she regularly wrote for Perspectives: Newsletter for PA Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Other publications include The Jewish Exponent and News of Delaware County. She was a featured guest blogger for Main Line Family Law Center’s healthy divorce blog.