“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
Justin Scott Linefsky, LCSW (NY/DE), LMSW (NY)
My path is a winding road with many pit stops and side journeys, ultimately leading to my calling; a life and career I am proud to own, free of regret, full of happy mistakes and temporary failure which taught profound lessons paving the way. Throughout this journey, I have been fortunate to have many conversations with wise and wonderful people from all walks of life, each gently contributing in their own unique way to shape my world view and allow me to connect with people on a much deeper level, where they are, so that I can help them along in their own journey and get them to where they want to be.
I am a Long Island native, receiving all education, training, and early career experience in the New York educational and healthcare systems. Justin attended Stony Brook University for undergraduate studies in Psychology. I began work immediately upon graduation (2006) at Mercy Medical Center on Long Island. In my career at Mercy, I worked a rotation in all behavioral health units associated with the hospital including inpatient, outpatient and residential settings. After graduating with a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University in 2008, I was promoted to Quality Assurance Specialist, an officer-type position overseeing Quality Assurance, Risk Management, Performance Improvement, and related functions for three outpatient programs- the Mental Health Clinic, the Partial-Hospital Program, and the Family Counseling substance abuse program. As a member of the executive Administrative Team, I was charged with oversight of documentation standards for all 7 doctors, 3 nurse practitioners, and 15 licensed social workers. Throughout the next 3 1/2 years, I earned an exceptional road record of top-tier certifications after audits from multiple agencies including the JCAHO, Office of Mental Health, Health Department, Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Center for Excellence, Medicare, Medicaid, and Office of the Medicaid Inspector General. In 2012, after deciding to move to Delaware to start a family, I was offered an opportunity to work with the Department of Defense.
In November 2012, my family relocated to Dover and I officially began working as the Special Needs Coordinator and Director of the Exceptional Family Member Program at the Dover Air Force Base 436th Medical Group, reporting to the Chief of Medicine and AFMOA- the Air Force Medical Operations Agency (Air Force Medicine-global command). In mid-2015, after assisting with restructuring and then implementing the newly designed program AFI (Air Force Instruction) and achieving sustained operational success of the EFMP program, I was offered a contract by the Delaware State Behavioral Health Consultant Program under the Delaware Department of Prevention Behavioral Health Services (falling under the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families) and placed in the Milford Central Academy, tasked with monitoring and responding to the clinical needs of the student body (grades 6-8, ~1000 students), as well as consulting with teachers to promote positive discipline strategies and improve classroom management strategies. I continue to enjoy the challenges and rewards of this position presently.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), New York/Delaware
- Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), New York
- Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) trainee
- Owner/Operator of Mind Mechanix, consulting services
- President/Chairman of the Milford Aquarium, Inc.
- School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop, NYSED
- Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect, NYSED
- CPR/AED Certified Healthcare Provider, American Heart Association
My approach to therapy is entirely eclectic- that is to say I borrow all the best evidence-based material from all of the schools of though and apply it selectively based on my assessment of each individual client, their needs, personality, and values. The best way to help my clients is to start where they are, with who they are, and why they are. It is only from there that I can truly make a difference in someone’s life. I also view therapy much like a car navigation system. The navigation doesn’t drive the car for you and it does not decide where your destination is. You must program in where you want to go and you have to follow the guidance to get there. Much like driving, sometimes you may know a better way, so you may turn suddenly, or miss a turn completely. But if it doesn’t get you where you want, or you get lost completely, have no fear. It will recalculate and help get you back on track. No matter how many wrong turns, no matter how long it takes, we will be there to adjust and straighten you out and eventually get you where you want to be.