Center for Creative Growth
Our Staff

Linda KatzLinda E. Katz, Ph.D.
Founder and Co-Director
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Berkeley Office

As Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Creative Growth, Linda brings to her work more than 30 years experience as a therapist and trainer of therapists. Linda provides expert and professional counseling with a specialty in these areas:

  • Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child
  • Communication and Relationship Skills
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Acceptance
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Grief, Loss, and Transition
  • Illness -- Chronic and Life-Threatening
  • Addictive Patterns (Alcohol, Sex, Work, Spending, and Others)
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Parenting Issues
  • Child and Family Therapy
  • Adults Molested or Incested as Children
  • ACA/Codependency
  • Explorations of Personal Purpose and Spiritual Growth

What Linda Says About the Center for Creative Growth

"I founded this Center in 1982 with the purpose of providing the finest therapy available in the Bay area -- therapy that would combine effectiveness with caring, that would come from the heart of the therapist and reach the heart of the client, creating true healing."

What Linda Says About Being A Therapist

"I see myself as being both a guide and companion on journeys of healing -- journeys from which my clients, and I, emerge with a fuller knowing of ourselves. The journey, whether for individuals, couples, or families, usually includes a deeper appreciation and recognition of the many ways the Universe invites us to grow -- and a sense of awe and self-affirmation about our ability to respond. Even after almost 30 years of doing this work, I experience a sense of being incredibly privileged to accompany people on this kind of journey and am always moved by the courage and creativity I see emerging -- and, most of all, by my clients' expanded ability to give and receive love."

A Demonstrated Record of Professional Excellence

Trained by the John Bradshaw Center in state-of-the-art counseling methods pioneered and popularized by John Bradshaw.

Ongoing training in today's most effective and innovative therapy methods including Gestalt, Psychodrama, Sandtray Therapy, Contextual Therapy, Group Therapy for Adult Children of Alcoholics, and others.

TV and Radio Show Guest, and Recognized Expert:

  • Appeared as mental health expert on Bay Area television and radio shows.
  • Recognized expert in treating grief and dealing with suicide.

Leader in training psychotherapists since 1980.

Extensive Master's and Post-Master's training in Child and Family Development.

California-licensed therapist since 1982.

Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology, The Union Institute, 1990.

Clinical Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa
Who's Who in California
Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals

What People Say About Working with Linda

"You were a teacher to me...You taught me basics upon which to structure the rest of my life...I love the gentle, feminine strength in you."

"Thank you so much for leading me through so much of my pain and for supporting my progress and for being so in tune to my energy."

"Thank you for always making me feel special, important, and valid. You have always treated me like an adult and listened to me lovingly. I'm glad that you came into my and (my) mom's lives."

"I am in touch with enormous amounts of gratitude for you and all you have taught me, helped me with...been with me while I went through a scary place, and so much more...I have me now because of you."

"I want to express my gratitude to you for giving me and helping me create the opportunity to claim my spirit and bring all the pieces to their rightful place. I am starting to feel in focus and find my home...Thank you for supporting me, always being there and your exuberant compassion."

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