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Linda Bedsole, Psy.D.


Director and Founder of

Creative Psychology, Ltd.


    Dr. Bedsole received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology August 29, 1997.  She has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since May 1998. She also earned a Masters in Applied Family and Child Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University in 1993. She is an EMDRIA Certified/Approved Consultant in EMDR, has treated over 500 children, adolescents, and adults with EMDR therapy, and has provided EMDR consultation for approximately thirty EMDR trained therapists. She is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management. She has been in private practice in Crystal Lake for the past fourteen years.

Her clinical experience includes working as Director of Psychology Training at Janet Wattles Center in Rockford, Illinois. As Director of the Psychology Internship Program she was responsible for therapy and diagnostic supervision of doctoral students and post-doctoral residents. She also provided psychology training for students and staff, managed the Employee Assistance Program and provided Critical Incident Stress Management services to clients, employees, and the community when critical events occurred (e.g. 9/11, homicide, suicide). She provided monthly EMDR consultation groups for staff clinicians and area therapists and individual therapy (including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) for clients with severe diagnoses. She was involved in crisis intervention and Qualified Examiner (QE) assessment for hospitalization.

Dr. Bedsole has treated individuals with many disorders and psychological issues including anxiety and panic, fears and phobias, and trauma-related disorders (PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and pseudo-seizures). She is well versed in treating ADHD, obsessive and compulsive disorders (including compulsive gambling), and those with developmental disabilities and learning disorders. She works well with individuals with gay and lesbian issues, problems with identity (including sexual identity), sexual disorders, and medical disorders (acute/chronic including infertility, heart problems). She has experience with addiction (to alcohol, drugs, food, sex), pain management (including phantom limb), somatic issues, and personality and psychotic disorders. She has worked extensively with children and adults who experienced psychological, physical, and sexual abuse and in helping them meet unmet childhood needs using EMDR protocols, Developmental Needs Meeting Strategies, and Imaginal Nurturing.

In psychological testing and assessment she is experienced in diagnosing the above disorders and in discriminating between disorders with similar-appearing symptoms (e.g. ADHD versus Bipolar Disorder and trauma-related disorders versus Psychotic Disorders).

Dr. Bedsole is a member of the American Psychological Association and the EMDR International Association.  She is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant in EMDRShe facilitates EMDR training and provides training in using EMDR with children and adolescents.

Presentations * Manuscripts * Books in Preparation

Bedsole, L. & Smart, L. (2004). When One of You has AIDS: Helping Each Other.  Book in preparation.

Bedsole, L. (1995). AIDS: An Opportunity for Living. Dissertation, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Meadows Campus, Rolling Meadows.

Bedsole, L. (1993). Helping: The Perspectives of the Terminally Ill Person with AIDS and Family Members. Unpublished masterís thesis, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Bedsole, L. (1993). Relationships between People with AIDS and Family Members. Presentation: Illinois Council on Family Relationsí annual meeting, April 1993.

For Additional Information Contact:
Linda Bedsole, Psy.D.
Creative Psychology, Ltd.

3305 Opengate Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Tel: 815-444-8469

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