Linda  Kramer

Linda Kramer

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, afternoon, & evening appointments in Brookline practice (updated August 04, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Family of origin concerns
  • Establishing healthy boundaries
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Women’s issues
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Buddhist meditation
  • Social work graduate students
  • LGBTQIA topics

Professional statement

Linda Kramer is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Brookline, with over three decades of experience in using mindfulness as a tool to deepen connections to oneself and others. Linda works with adults of all ages. An active, engaged provider, Linda offers traditional talk therapy, and prioritizes creating a safe space where clients can explore their emotional world. As a long-time practitioner of Buddhist meditation herself, Linda often works with clients who are interested in meditation, or those who already have their own active practice.

Linda often meets with young adults in their 20’s and 30’s who have gotten stuck in moving forward in some important aspect of their lives. She supports them to move towards their goals, whether it’s pursing a job change, seeking higher education, increasing self esteem, clarifying identity, improving family relationships, and/or establishing a successful intimate relationship. Linda provides both short term problem-solving therapy as well as long-term psychotherapy. Her training background is primarily psychodynamic, and she draws on a range of treatment modalities including mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), interpersonal, and strength-based therapies.

Linda received her masters degree from the Simmons School of Social Work, and a masters degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her office is located in the Coolidge Corner Area of Brookline, conveniently on the Green C line across from the Summit Ave stop.

Message to clients

I value creating a safe space where you are able to talk openly and explore your concerns and issues. It’s important that you feel understood, and together we can cultivate insight and compassion towards yourself and your concerns.


Family of origin concerns - Reflection on how family dynamics and values affect present day coping strategies and learning new tools to process stressors; e.g. parental divorce; identifying new strategies to process and/or express emotions that may differ from one's family norm

Establishing healthy boundaries - Saying yes when you really want to say no; accommodating and tolerating; doing what you think you "should" or "ought" to do rather than what you want and need to do for yourself; addressing this pattern and how to change this pattern by setting boundaries so that you meet your own needs before meeting others

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Women’s issues - Finding one's voice as a woman; letting go of shame; self-care and healing

Mindfulness - Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Buddhist meditation - Working with those who practice Buddhist meditation; strengthening meditative practices through therapy

Social work graduate students - Working with social work graduate students

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Linda Kramer is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $220 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $220
  • Initial session: $220 (50min)

Therapist's note

Linda can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Brookline practice

1415 Beacon Street


Brookline, MA 02446


  • Mon 4:00pm-9:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-1:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-1:00pm, 4:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-1:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Close

Work and Education

Mt Auburn Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry, 1996 - 1998

Beverly Hospital outpatient psychiatry, 1994 - 1996,

Boston Community Services Family and Adolescent Clinic, 1992 - 1994

Simmons School of Social Work, MSW, 1992

HGSE, MEd, 1985

Brown University, BA, 1977