Board Member Spotlight: Linda Odom PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Linda Odom, PhD.

None of us grow up in perfect circumstances. We all experience hurt and disappointment. Some of us experience neglect, abuse, profound loss, or abandonment. We respond to pain by taking on distorted beliefs about ourselves and about relationships. And we develop coping strategies to protect ourselves from future pain.

These strategies, taken into our adult lives, can actually become a source of pain. They keep us from connecting deeply to ourselves and to others. Jungian Analyst Donald Kalsched has said, “…an unconscious “vow” (is sometimes) made deep within the psyche of the trauma survivor, never to allow the lost heart of the self into relationship again.”

Bringing these painful experiences, these distorted beliefs, and these old coping strategies into the light makes change possible. It can open a door to healing and to a new, more fulfilling way of living.

I am a clinical psychologist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee.  The focus of my work is on deep healing – within an individual, between individuals, and between individuals and whatever nurtures and sustains them spiritually.  I bring to this work a deep appreciation for Twelve-Step recovery, a background in Jungian psychology, training in EMDR (Levels I and II), and a preference for experiential forms of therapy with individuals, couples and groups.

I have a special interest in dreamwork and conduct classes and workshops in which I teach people how to access their own inner wisdom and guidance by dialoging with their dreams.  I have also conducted experiential dreamwork groups in which dreams are explored through role-play, drawing, and expressive writing. I also offer experiential couple’s intensives and experiential groups focused on the healing of shame.

I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and completed my undergraduate work at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I had the privilege of serving as a past co-chair of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.  Currently, I am excited to be a founding board member of the Nashville Jung Circle.