Linda Buchanan, Ph.D.
I believe that no matter where you were planted, you CAN become strong and beautiful!
That's why my mission in life has been to help as many people as I can become the best possible version of themselves.
Maybe you thought I'd place a picture here of me sitting across from someone as I listened to them. Believe me, I've spent thousands of hours doing just that! But these pictures are of me being a psychologist that gets her hands dirty.
One image is of some our staff participating in Merrick's Walk in honor of a young woman who lost her life to an eating disorder. The theme this particular year was come as a superhero. If you look closely at my shirt (I'm on the far left of the group), you can see that my superpower is "She who sees through defenses." I’ve been committed to helping people accept themselves and learn how to reevaluate the things they believe about themselves. I believe that I can see behind the habits, early narratives and irrational beliefs to the authentic person, often before they can see it for themselves.
The other photos are of events that we call "Scrap Your Scale." In one, I am cheering someone on and in the other, I'm showing off a scale that I have scrapped. In these events (once aired on local news) we gather groups of people to destroy their scale; symbolically destroying the power that the scale has over them.
My career helping people began as a youth director in a Methodist church after earning an undergraduate degree in psychology. I realized quickly that I wasn’t equipped to help with many of the problems that the members in my youth group encountered. I became inspired to learn more about helping people both spiritually and psychologically.
I headed to Georgia State University for a Master’s degree in Counseling, and simultaneously attended the Psychological Studies Institute for a diploma in Christian Counseling. I worked as a therapist for three years before deciding to go back to school for a doctorate in psychology. A strong interest in treating people with eating disorders led me to specialize in that area.
When I graduated with my doctorate in 1993, I opened the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. The center grew to three locations in metro Atlanta before selling it to Walden Behavioral Care. I currently serve as Senior Director of Clinical Services for Walden where we offer IOP, PHP, and residential levels of care. I am honored to have worked with thousands of individuals, couples and families struggling in some way with this devastating disorder. Over the years I have often been brought to tears – not by the sad stories, but by the courage and support my team and our clients have shared together.
Devoted Wife & Mother
I met my husband in 1983 at Georgia State University where we were both graduate students and we married the same year. We are both psychologists and have supported each other as our careers developed. When we learned that we were unable to have biological children, we chose to adopt.
We chose “open” adoptions which means that our boys have had relationships with their birth mothers throughout their lives. As I’ve said, no matter where you’re planted, you can thrive and grow. We believe it was God‘s will for these children to be planted with their birth mothers and raised by us. One of our boys was even in his birth mother’s wedding when he was six. When people say that choosing open adoption was a brave thing to do, we laugh because we believe it’s actually easier and less risky to know the people who brought our children into the world. A child can’t have too many people to love them!
Today I am finding a great deal of meaning and renewed joy through my writing. My wisdom as an author is directly related to the courage of the clients I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. I learned more about human nature, growth and change from them than I did in all of my graduate programs combined. The following are my recent projects:
Past writing credits include several chapters and books related to the research and treatment of eating disorders.