Linda Susan Metcalf PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CSC


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Linda Metcalf PhD is a former middle school teacher, all-level school counselor, licensed professional counselor supervisor, and licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of Texas. She is a Professor at Texas Wesleyan University and Chair of the Graduate Counseling Programs.

Linda is a national and international presenter and author of ten books on solution-focused therapy, and Marriage and Family Therapy, A Practice Oriented Approach. She is also the author of the new book, Solution-Focused Narrative Therapy.

She is Past-President of both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and TAMFT and again, the current President of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT).

She has presented often for the American School Counselor Association, the American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, she has presented around the world in China, Australia, Japan, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, Thailand, and extensively throughout the United States.

She has been awarded the Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award by the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, and the GEM award for work on the new PhD in MFT program.


Linda was born in Waco, Texas and graduated from Reicher High School. She attended Baylor University, and graduated with a double major in earth science and art. Linda was a member of the Chi Omega fraternity at Baylor.

Linda met Roger Metcalf while they were students at Baylor, and they were married in Waco in 1974. They moved to Arlington, Texas, where Linda taught in the Arlington I.S.D., while Roger attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.

Linda next attended T.C.U. in Fort Worth, and received her M.Ed. in 1986, and then she went on to receive the Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University in Denton in 1993. Linda is a Professor and Director of Graduate Counseling Programs at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

Linda is still married to Roger after more than 45 years! Roger is the director of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner District's Human Identification Laboratory and Chief Forensic Odontologist. Together, they are the proud parents of grown, awesome, children, Roger Jr., Kelli and Ryan.

Linda and Roger have three wonderful children, Roger Jr., a Baylor and Harvard graduate, Kelli, a T.C.U. graduate, and Ryan, a Baylor and S.M.U. graduate.

Two Golden Retrievers, Ringo and Ranger (a rescue), keeps Roger and Linda company at home in Fort Worth. Both pups are training to be therapy dogs.


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Describes rearing responsible children by using problem solving abilities drawn from outside situations to help solve family problems


Describes rearing responsible children by using problem solving abilities drawn from outside situations to help solve family problems


"I had the pleasure of attending the first ever Solution Focused conference last year. I have also attended numerous webinars, listened to podcasts and work in a group with Dr. Metcalf. I always gain information and leave refreshed after one of her trainings. Dr. Metcalf brings a wealth of knowledge and experience applying the Solution Focused model to real world applications. When she is asked a question, her response is so tailored and helpful that you can’t wait to try it yourself. I have grown as a Solution Focused counselor with her help and guidance, which in turn has helped those around me grow using the Solution Focused model.

If you have the chance to attend the Solution Focused conference, you won’t regret it! It will change your whole perspective on supporting students."

- Kevin Kracker, M.Ed., CSC, Hubenak Elementary Counselor

"I have been attending Dr. Metcalf’s solution focused workshops for the past 6 years. Her passion and wisdom in regards to implementing solution focused in schools is evident and admirable. Dr. Metcalf’s conferences are practical, collaborative, insightful, and applicable. I have been able to apply the strategies and essence of the solution focused model effectively in my career as a school counselor, with the guidance and expertise captured in Dr. Metcalf’s workshops."

- Arlene Bonilla, MSSC, LPC-I

"Dr. Linda Metcalf is masterful at sharing how to have Solution Focused conversations with students, teachers an parents. Such conversations result in self-realized behavior changes for students, accountability for teachers and administrators and greatly reduced stress for all. I can't imagine working with students and families any other way."

- Jennifer Roberts, Ed.D., LPC-S, Director Student Services, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District

"Dr Linda Metcalf will show you how to naturally tap into the hearts of students, parents, and create life-changing conversations that build an atmosphere of success throughout the school community.Dr Metcalf knows how to turn difficult, dreaded conversations into life-changing moments filled with possibilities for lasting positive change! She draws on years of first-hand experiences connecting with the hearts of students, teachers, and families in showing us how to have solution focused conversations that are equally helpful for everyone!"

- Patricia Gatlin, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT

"I heartily recommend Dr. Linda Metcalf's work that shows people in all walks of life, from children to adults, how to communicate from a different perspective to actually solve their own problems. Her first book, Counseling Toward Solutions came out in 1995, followed two years later by Parenting Toward Solutions, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly. If you are in publishing, you know what that means. I was the lucky editor who acquired those books for Prentice Hall back then. Her work was groundbreaking in 1995 and continues today. To her I say, please carry on. You help to make this a better world."

- Connie Kallback, Former Acquisitions Editor at Prentice-Hall Direct

Practical tools and strategies for school counselors to help students achieve their goals

Practical tools and strategies for school counselors to help students achieve their goals

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