Linda Meyerholz, MS, LMHC, is an addictions therapist/codependency specialist in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida. She has a master's degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She is married to a retired veterinarian, is the mother of four, stepmother to three, grandmother to ten and great-grandmother to one. Linda was a broadcast journalist in Denver and San Francisco, specializing in Politics and Consumer Affairs. She also has had experience lobbying in Washington, D.C., the bedrock of American codependency.
Linda has spent her entire life watching herself and others wander in and out of painful, unfulfilling relationships, beginning with her own birth family. Life took her through a painful marriage and into recovery from alcoholism and codependency. The medical director of the treatment center she entered in 1982 had been a faithful listener to her work as an investigative radio reporter in San Francisco. The afternoon she arrived, he challenged her to use her skills as an investigative reporter to find out why relapse was a constant barrier to recovery for the majority of people trying to recover from substance addiction.
Read more about Linda's personal history and her journey to recovery in the article, "Therapist Speaks From Experience," published in the Fort Myers News Press.
Now, as an internationally known authority on codependency, Linda divides her time between writing books on her findings, leading workshops on the subject, and maintaining a busy private practice treating clients in the areas she's studied since birth -- dysfunctional relationships, addictions and the need for spiritual healing. Many are healing through knowledge of and re-connection to the senses of the spirit as outlined in her chart on the Human Navigational System.
Another important aspect to Linda's therapy is her commitment to the 12-Step approach to recovery. She has continued her own involvement in various 12-Step programs over the years, and encourages her clients to attend such groups as Alcoholics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous and Women Seeking Serenity. Her blog, 12 Step Joy, encourages those in 12-Step recovery to take pride in their recovery success and share their stories with others to provide encouragement and support.