Linda Robertson, Therapist in California — Zencare
Linda Dunbar Robertson
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Linda Dunbar Robertson

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
Updated June 23, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Premarital counseling

Professional statement

Linda Robertson, LMFT, helps couples dealing with disconnection and repetitive, unproductive, painful conflict patterns. She also helps individuals who want to learn more about how to have healthy relationships, and provides premarital counseling.

Her approach is a combination of the Gottman Method and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. The Gottman Method was created by Dr. John Gottman and his wife Dr. Julie Gottman, and is based on his 25 years of empirical research into the outcomes of relationships over time. This research tells us "what do to and how to do it". ACT is all about our values, and provides the vital, activating component of "why we do it."

After graduating from Cambridge University, UK she worked as a writer in London before moving to San Francisco in 2000. There, she published a memoir about dysfunctional relationships while obtaining her MS degree from San Francisco State University (licensed MFT since 2010). She then worked with children and parents, giving her an in-depth understanding of family dynamics. Outside her private practice, she works part-time for an adult mental health clinic, where she leads classes in relationship skills. In 2021, she launched the fun, educational puppet series "Cardboard Couples Therapy."

Linda is based in San Francisco and sessions are conducted online only. She offers weekend, late afternoon and early evening sessions. She does not accept insurance but does provide superbills (receipts) that clients can present to their insurance for potential reimbursement. Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length ($200), while sessions for couples are recommended, per Gottman Method, to be 1.5 therapeutic hours, or 80 minutes ($300).


Message to clients

Dr. John Gottman's work is awe-inspiring. He didn't just come up with a theory - he figured out, painstakingly, over many years and with thousands of couples, how relationships actually work. And then his wife, Dr Julie Gottman, convinced him to share that empirical knowledge, so that people could improve their relationships. When I combine the Gottman's structured, behavioral approach with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I see people who have been stuck fighting for years start to re-engage, and blossom both as individuals and together.

One of the most satisfying parts of this work is helping those contemplating marriage avoid some of these painful pitfalls in the first place. I also love helping individuals dive into their histories, and figure out why they are picking partners that hurt them, or what deep motivations are driving patterns of interpersonal behavior that don't make sense on the surface.


Specialties

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

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

Premarital counseling - Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples

Insurance

Linda Robertson is not in-network with any insurances.

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $300 (80min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Not available
  • Tue 3-6.30pm depending on availability
  • Wed Not available
  • Thu 9-11 and 3-6.30pm depending on availability
  • Fri 3-6.30pm depending on availability
  • Sat 9-1pm depending on availability
  • Sun 1-5pm depending on availability

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Kaiser Permanente, Marriage & Family Therapist - part-time, 2013 - Present
OPTUM (United Healthcare), Care Advocate - LMFT, 2012 - 2013
Westside Community Services, Marriage & Family Therapist, 2008 - 2012
Bayview Hunter's-Point Foundation, Marriage & Family Therapist, 2007 - 2008

San Francisco State University, MS Counseling - MFT Specialization, 2007
Cambridge University, England (UK), MS Art History, 1998
Cambridge University, England (UK), BA Art History, 1995


Licensure

California: 48528


Languages

English