Linda Bert, MA, LMFT, CAAP CA#96137
Linda has over 8 years of experience, training, and education in the field of psychology. She received her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT.) She is certified as an Animal Assisted Pyschotherapist and has specialized training encorpoating animals as a medium in therapy. She works not only with individuals, but the relationships, families, community, and institutions which affect their lives.
Underlying each intervention is a rationale based in theory. Linda takes a Client-Centered, Strength-Based and Humanistic approach with each client. She collaborates with clients through-
Genuineness and congruence: to be aware of your own feelings, to be real, to be authentic. Rogers’ research showed that the more genuine and congruent the change agent is in the relationship, the greater the probability of change in the personality of the client.
Unconditional positive regard: a genuine willingness to allow the client’s process to continue, and an acceptance of whatever feelings are going on inside the client. Whatever feeling the client is experiencing, be it anger, fear, hatred, then that is all right. It is saying that underneath all this the person is all right.
Empathic understanding: in Rogers’ words, ‘ it is only as I understand the feelings and thoughts which seem so horrible to you, or so weak, or so sentimental, or so bizarre – it is only as I see them as you see them, and accept them and you, that you feel really free to explore all the hidden roots and frightening crannies of your inner and often buried experience.’
These are the conditions with which a person can develop a stronger, healthier sense of self and identity. She believes in the potential for self-growth and transformation through nurturing and supportive relationships.
Each person is a unique individual, which sometimes means Linda will pull from other modalities for treatment if they match her client's needs. She has training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (behavior management), Positive Psychology (parenting), Psychodynamic Therapy, Emotional-Focused Therapy (couples), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (communication in relationships), Play Therapy (for children), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (trauma informed care) and Motivational Interviewing (substance abuse) which are evidenced based approaches to healing. She does not use a one size fits all approach. Her approach is holistic and encompasses mind, body, nature and the spirit.
Linda works with all clients across the life span, specializing with adolescents and young adults in attachment and trauma. She is also a Certified Animal Assisted Psychotherapist. This is a burgeoning field that is beginning to unfold with empirical evidence supporting the numerous benefits provided by the human-animal bond. The inclusion of nature and animals as therapeutic medium has been shown to help with the development of healthy attachment, increased self esteem, lowered stress, and increased motivation. Please ask Linda more about her work with animals and how your pet can be incorporated into your therapy sessions .
California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Association for Transpersonal Psychology
You can find Linda on Psychology Today: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/309936