On paper and from the description listed on the MaryMount University website located here, on the surface it is impressive. During your case, it is advised not to be starstruck and take a closer look at Dr. Mary Lindahl. Lets look at the qualifications:
- The bio lists the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue v. Mottram (2002) case it does not list the Kendrick decision in Arlington County. Lindahl testified for the mother that abuse had occurred but fortunately Judge Kendrick also had the benefit of Dr. Maggie Bruck’s testimony.
- The bio doesn’t list the Monica Zveare case, in which Dr. Lindahl concealed several statements from a child witness for years.
- The bio doesn’t list Dr. Lindahl’s behavior during therapy and how she undermines it
- Dr. Lindahl was the subject of two complaints to the Virginia Board of Psychology due to her behavior in the Zveare case.
My recommendation for you and your attorney is to question Dr. Lindahl very intensively. An example is below
Question: During your therapy, if a child state that nothing happened, how do you respond to this,
Question: If a child does recant do you have a protocol for telling someone.
Question: Who would you tell,
Question. In the past has there been a case in which you did not report the retractions.
You need to question her very critically and very intensively.