Linda Rolufs, LMFT #37798

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

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Linda has over 20 years of experience as a therapist. She received her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and her master’s degree from Santa Clara University.

Linda has extensive experience in an intensive treatment setting, helping clients overcome the effects of severe depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar disorder.

She is well versed in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, using it to enable clients to change their perceptions and their actions and, in doing so, change their lives.

She is also influenced by humanistic psychology and seeks to connect with her clients, human to human, meeting them with full acceptance of who they are and where they are, right here, right now.

For Linda, doing therapy is her life’s work. She understands that having clients trust her with their struggles and with their hearts is the highest privilege, and she never takes this for granted.

Linda provides therapy to adults with a variety of concerns and specializes in treating depression, anxiety, complex PTSD, postpartum depression, maternal mental health difficulties.

Linda’s favorite non work activity is to spend time, enjoying her five young adult children. She also loves dance fitness classes and practicing her vegetarian (and almost vegan!) cooking skills.

Location

Ages

  • Adults (18+ years)

Type of Therapy

  • Individual

Concerns

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • OCD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting
  • Postpartum Depression
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Relationships/Communication
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Social Anxiety/Phobia
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse

Special Interests

  • Childhood Trauma

Experience 22+ years

Certifications/Intensive Study

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.