I want to help you find the ways to change in the ways you want. Trauma, oppression, anxiety, and depression can all conspire to hold you back. Let's work together to create a relationship and space where new thoughts and ideas can emerge, and  old painful feelings as familiar as your face can become a source for understanding and growth. 

Providing psychotherapy for 30 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Emotional Truth

Janet Linder, PhD works with individuals, couples, and families, of different cultures, genders, and sexualities, ranging from non-traditional relationships to traditional families, couples, and groups. She also mentors and supervises. Dr. Linder has offices in Noe Valley, San Francisco and in the East Bay.



You can change, with the right support and development of your own resources. I offer acceptance and support for you to best make your outsides match your insides and vice versa, in the most alive, authentic, and integrated way possible.
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All couples/relationships go through demanding or difficult times. I can help you understand what is going on, what kind of changes seem necessary, and provide support for how to proceed.
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Crises provide opportunities to understand and improve what is not working in your family life. I help families develop more awareness of non-productive dynamics, understand links to past, and take steps towards more effective collaboration. 
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What are people saying?

  • Janet Linder is a remarkable and refreshing combination of compassion, insight, directness and wisdom. I feel like I could ask her or tell her anything and she will meet me with openness, kindness, intelligence, and honesty. She has a steady and calming presence that conveys her sturdiness and confidence as a therapist.
    Luba PalterLuba PalterLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • I wanted to thank you for your availability and willingness to be there. I value your commitment to your profession, and therefore, to people like me. When I came to see you, I was beside myself, with the anguish I was feeling. Speaking with you allowed me to engage in the day. After talking with you, I felt better, calmer, and acknowledged. So it worked! Another new experience.
  • I have an abiding respect and a deep fondness for Janet Linder as a clinician and as a colleague. Janet is a devoted clinician, a master of her craft, and a warm, resonant relational therapist. She is steady, paced, and curious- she engages in deep inquiry and engaged dialogue. I refer to her without hesitation.
    SJ KahnSJ KahnLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist