Robert Lindberg, LICSW
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I began my professional career as a Social Worker after receiving my MSW degree from Florida State University in 1984. After a year spent establishing myself in my chosen field at a hospital in Florida, I started working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 1985. This afforded me an opportunity to learn from a variety of other professionals as part of numerous multidisciplinary teams. While employed by the VA, I began my career as a medical Social Worker but due to the sheer size and scope of the VA, was able to work in settings as varied as mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, I worked at five different VA facilities across the country. My last posting was to the VA here in Vancouver and I ended my Federal career there in 2016 after almost 31 years of service. I spent approximately one year after retirement trying to figure out my next career path and ultimately spent the next two and one-half years at the CBOC (Community-Based Outpatient Clinic) in Chehalis once again working with a veteran population. Much of this time was spent focused specifically on veterans dealing with chronic medical conditions and chronic mental health issues, especially PTSD due primarily to combat exposure in the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
I have lived in Vancouver since 2006 with my wife and our three children. We very much enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and what it has to offer. I use my free time to pursue activities which I find fulfilling to me including hiking, reading, gardening, and listening to music. Additionally, I strive to begin each day doing tai chi, qigong, yoga, or some form of practice to prepare myself for whatever challenges the day brings. For me, it sets a positive tone for the day and helps me maintain perspective on my life.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Family members of veterans
- First responders — EMTs, firefighters, law enforcement officers, etc.
- End of life issues
- Substance use/alcohol use
- Behavioral issues
- Men’s therapy (humorous link attached)
- Chronic illness
- Family conflict
- Life Transitions
- Relationship issues
Q&A with Bob
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I am definitely of the school of thought that we focus on the present issue and ascertain steps to be taken to resolve the matter. I will focus on the deeper issue if either requested by the client or focusing on the present issue fails to provide adequate relief from distress for the client.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I tend to follow the lead of the client as I find that oftentimes the questions that I wish to ask are disclosed in the course of the discussion without my even asking. I will, however, be more actively involved and more assertive with my questioning if it appears that little to no progress is being made by the former method.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I think my greatest strengths are in formulating and maintaining a relationship with a wide variety of clients. I can draw on a diverse range of experiences over my many years as a Social Worker but will not hesitate to take the role of student over teacher if indicated given how much I still have yet to learn.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
Although it might not qualify as a superpower, I do have a good intuitive sense of what is happening in the present moment and the ability to find a way through some pretty difficult circumstances. The practical way I try to nurture this “superpower” is to continue to maintain a regular meditation practice. I find it helps me to stay balanced in a sometimes chaotic world.
5.) What makes you laugh?
My sense of humor tends towards the morbid at times and I am also equally intrigued by some of the more bizarre circumstances that happen in my life. I am always game for an interesting story.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
To satisfy my spiritual questions, I would love to have dinner with the Buddha. To satisfy my questions about how great music is created, I would love to have dinner with Eric Clapton so that I could pick his brain for insights to my questions.