My name is Linda and I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over a decade. In addition to being the founder of Smart Talk, I am also an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University as well as part of the Superintendent Student Mental Health Professionals Advisory Committee for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. I live with my husband and seven year old twins.
Licensed in California and Illinois. Accepting new clients.
So being a parent has turned out to be a lot harder than you anticipated. The delivery didn't go as planned, the baby isn't eating enough, and don't get me started on the journey that is breastfeeding. No matter where you turn, people have ideas on how you should do things differently. Everyone has opinions but at the end of the day, it's just you, your baby, and your thoughts of inadequacies in the middle of the night.
I am here to help you regain who you are and become the parent you want to be. In our work together, we will focus on stabilizing your life, your thoughts, and your feelings so that you can be who you want to be. I use a warm and non judgemental approach to therapy. I also sprinkle in some humor and personal anecdotes to help you remember that we are all human and all just trying to do our best.
Abdelsayed, L. M. (2020). Quarantine - How to Survive it With Your Family. Family Therapist Magazine, Volume 19 (3), 16-19.
Abdelsayed, L. M. (2020). Supporting Clients Facing Infertility. Family Therapist Magazine, Volume 19 (1), 24-27.
Abdelsayed, L. M. (2018). Yoga As Self-Care. Family Therapist Magazine, Volume 17 (5), 22 - 26.
Abdelsayed, L. M. (2018, March 27). 5 Ways of Regaining a Sense of Control During Infertility. Retrieved from https://www.marriage.com
Abdelsayed, L.M. (2018, May 9th). Learning to Fight Fair in a Relationship with the Help of Counseling. Retrieved from https://www.marriage.com.
Podcasts & Radio Interviews
Interviewed by Lara Mcelderry of Married to Doctors Podcast. Facing Infertility as a Medical Couple. July 23rd, 2020.
Interviewed by Robert Whetham of NBR FM Live. February 22nd, 2019.
Interviewed by Julie Clarke of #Parenting...Who? Podcast. Online Therapy and Infertility with Linda Meier Abdelsayed. July 31st, 2018.
2007 - 2009
Master of Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
2004 - 2007
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology