bio

If you glance at my business card, you'll see there's bit of an alphabet soup after my name ...

Linda R. Stoll, M.S., CLC, BCPC

The M.S. is in Christian Counseling from Cairn University {and I also have a B.S. in Organizational Management from Nyack College.}

The CLC tells you that I'm a Certified Life Coach.

And the BCPC lets you know that I'm a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor.  

In response to a very clear call from God, I headed back to school in my early 40s to finish up my undergraduate and graduate degrees so that I would be well qualified to counsel in a church setting.  

In 2000, I kicked off a small life coaching / counseling practice at home before serving on a pastoral staff for five years.  In 2007, I co-founded Creekside Ministries, a pastoral counseling center / Saturday evening house church where I served for eight years.

Along the way, I have worked with countless men, women, and couples and have also designed and facilitated groups for ministry leaders, couples battling life-threatening illness, women with depression, single parents, and counselors.

Soul deep conversations with women are now my focus.  Please click here for all the details ... and check out this page of affirmations, too.

I'm an avid blogger, as well.  I've been writing online since 2008, with more than 1500 posts published.  Along the way, I've been quoted in Focus on the Family magazine, Journal of Christian Coaching, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Living & Being magazine.

Here's my LinkedIn professional profile.  

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Personally?
My life is built around my faith commitment to Jesus.  

Bottom line?  In Him I live and move and have my being {Acts 17:28}.  I am sold-out, passionately committed to relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

I'm an introvert, born and bred.  Solitude and silence are dear companions to me, a sweet and necessary haven that enable me to have meaningful conversations as a counselor and as a blogger, as well as be a decent family member and friend.

Walking along isolated stretches of beach, getting lost in a great big book, journaling my conversations with God.  Spending one on one time with those I love, coloring while listening to praise music, and puttering around my home.  These are all my therapies of choice.

I grew up in northern New Jersey and lived most of my adult life in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley with my husband of 40 years, Tim.  In 2015, we moved to the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts to a little town tucked between the ever-changing bay and the ocean deep.  

I'm crazy about my family.  We're a far-from-perfect bunch and when we're all together, things are a little chaotic.  But I wouldn't have it any other way. 

My joy, my dearest claim to fame?  Our two daughters, their husbands, and our seven grandchildren, the littlest who is now living in heaven with Jesus.