Linda Baker Filetti, PhD
PA Licensed Psychologist
Office: 5 Christy Drive, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Population: Young adults, adults, individuals and groups
I am a licensed psychologist with a true passion for my work. My belief is that with a commitment on both of our parts and a lot of hard work exerted in the service of your life goals, positive change is almost inevitable. My philosophy is that change is most possible in the context of an accepting and validating relationship. I work in a collaborative manner, and believe that much of what is learned in therapy is learned because it takes place in a real, authentic, relationship.
I began my work as a mental health therapist specializing in women’s issues in 1992, when I began working as the Assistant Director of a trauma crisis center. I completed my MA degree at West Chester University in 1994, and went on to earn my PhD at Colorado State University in 2000. My predoctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia was where I was introduced to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and where I began facilitating DBT skills training groups. I went on to do my postdoctoral work at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, where I worked as a staff psychologist in the residential, day treatment, and outpatient eating disorder programs. In 2002, I began a private practice and at the same time, I began facilitating DBT skills training groups again. I am also currently on staff as an adjunct professor at West Chester University, teaching in their clinical psychology doctoral program.
DBT is by far the therapeutic approach which most informs my work with clients. I completed the intensive training in DBT by Behavioral Tech in 2008, and became certified by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC) as a certified individual clinician in 2017. This certification process is the only one approved by the treatment developer, Marsha Linehan. In addition to DBT, I have received training in, and often use, Cogntive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) strategies as well.
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, self-injury, trauma, mood disorders, and borderline personality disorder. I also provide introductory trainings on DBT for therapists, and have presented trainings at the Renfrew Center, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR), The Light Center at Life Counseling Center, Pennsylvania Group Psychotherapy Society, and Bryn Mawr School of Social Work