Linda Scherer, LICSW
Support Groups and 1:1 Psychotherapy
I have been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesotta, USA since 1998. I was divorced and am now happily remarried for the past 10 years. I am a mother of two adult children. I am quite eclectic in my spiritual learning and practice and in many ways pragmatic. I look for ways to show up a more fully present, loving and connected human being. I am drawn to practices and learning that help me to feel centered, grounded and experience our divine spiritual nature. I am averse to teachings that encourage fear, separation, spiritual hierarchy, and place another human being between us and intuitive knowing. I love gardening, hiking, cross country skiing, playing with art, and the outdoors. I am considering taking beginner cello lessons in 2023.
In 2010, I experienced a Spiritual Emergency during a time of significant change and loss. New layers of seeing or awakening to the way we collectively create what arises in and around us, left me a bit wide eyed and sleepless. Night after night at 2am, I found myself doing a life inventory of sorts from this new awareness. While I was opening to new seeing and sensing, I became very sleep deprived, ungrounded and fearful, and I experienced a mental health hospitalization for 7 days. As a result, I was thrown into court involvement related to physical custody of my then minor children. While trying to make sense of the mental health professionals’ opinion of what had happened, I was pointed to Stanislav Grof’s book Spiritual Emergency by a friend and clinical psychologist. This offered a new means of understanding what had happened that immediately resonated with me. It also pointed me toward a way to return to the whole and grounded person I had previously been, and offered ideas for integrating my new spiritual experience/understanding. I read many books on spiritual emergency in the following years and I became certified as a spiritual emergence coach through IMHU in 2016. I had always been someone who valued participating in therapy and had done so on numerous occasions. After my SEY experience, I found that I had to choose carefully which professionals/persons could help me sort through what had happened in my non-ordinary states, without overly pathologizing my experience because they did not understand it. In 2021, I had another, several-day-experience of non-ordinary states after a traumatic and unexpected death of a family member. This time, I was able to navigate by seeking out appropriate support from my community of friends and use familiar self care methods without significant psychiatric intervention. I was grateful to experience so much less fear due to the years of understanding and support that I had received through the IMHU community and other sources.
I am Certified by the Center for Mind Body Medicine in group facilitation and in teaching methods of self care, breath work, guided imagery, journaling and mindfulness.
I come to the work as an open hearted individual who practices meditation and deep listening. I bring curiosity to hearing others’ stories, helping them ground in the physical body, and to help individuals start to make sense of their experience.
I am highly sensitive energetically and transmit a feeling of warmth and connection in sessions. I am trained in energy healing and a variety of methods of grounding and clearing energy.
I have supported clients who are experiencing spiritual emergency in individual sessions and as an in-school therapist with adolescents going through non-ordinary states. I have supported parents whose adolescent and adult children are going through non-ordinary states and are struggling with how to help them, what it means for their child’s future, and how to connect with non-pathologizing mental health and community support.
- MSW from University of Illinois at Chicago
Other Relevant Training
- Center for Mind Body Medicine certification
- Certified Brainspotting Therapist
- Advanced training in TF-CBT
- Three Principles Practitioner for 20+ years.
Offering 1-1 support
I offer 1 on 1 psychotherapy. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.
Offering support groups
I offer 8 week groups using a combination of the group models of Spiritual Emergence Coaching taught at IMHU and models from the Center for Mind Body Medicine.
My regular rate for therapy is $130 per hour. I have a very flexible sliding fee scale. My rate for my group is $240 for all 8 weeks. (16 hours total). Also I have scholarship available for this, too.
Support group plan...
I will be starting my next 8 week group in February, 2023. Persons experiencing spiritual emergency are welcome in the group, however the group will not be solely individuals in spiritual emergency. The group will be in person if enough persons register. Otherwise I will move it to Zoom to broaden the geographic catchment area for participants.
“Please contact me via my email if you'd like to connect for a complimentary 15-20-minute phone consultation, to see if we're the right fit!”