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Linda Cunningham, PhD

gig Harbor, Washington


San Francisco, California



I provide therapy services for individual adults, helping you create more satisfying, fulfilling relationships and also helping you calm anxieties and lift depression.

My style is warm, engaging and interactive. I have a deep respect for personal struggles. I also have deep faith in the process of psychotherapy, based on my many years of helping people to change and flourish.

Things you need to know about me:

I work collaboratively with you, in a back and forth conversational way, to ensure that healing comes from within you, in your own unique way.

I help you discover your strengths as well as help you explore your vulnerabilities.

I am highly trained and very experienced in working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma.

I will find the fastest way to help you resolve your difficulties. Some issues can be resolved more quickly than others, and it is always up to you how long you stay in therapy.

I can provide tools to help you get to where you want to go.

I aim for deep, lasting resolution of problems, not just temporary relief.

I love my work, and regard it as a privilege..

I am a licensed psychotherapist and marriage and family counselor, and I have been in private practice since 1991. 

I am trained in a variety of approaches to psychotherapy, which I use in a very integrated way, designed to suit each client's unique needs. 

I have studied psychology all my adult life. My studies have lead me from a basic understanding of human behavior and motivation, to the study of emotion and how people suffer and how they heal, to an immersion in the mindfulness practices of eastern spiritual traditions and how they may enhance our approaches to western psychotherapy.


Ph.D. East-West Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2003  

M.A. Clinical Psychology, JFK University, Pleasant Hill, CA. 1989

B.S. Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1982

I am trained to do EMDR therapy, an excellent "power tool" for reaching and resolving trauma. I work with EMDR in an attachment-focused, relational way, and I have been successfully using this method for twenty years.

I am a Certified Teaching Member (CST-T) of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Sandplay is a gentle process for resolving trauma, and is very effective for adults who are drawn to it.

In addition to my work as a therapist, I have taught in many university graduate programs, and I have also trained many therapists in counseling centers and agencies. I most recently taught graduate courses at Sonoma State University and The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I have also written many published articles and two books that focus on anxiety, trauma and relationship. I am currently working on a book about trauma.

Rates for Therapy

Please contact me for my current fee. 

Remote Videoconferencing Sessions

I provide remote videoconferencing sessions for clients with whom I have previously met face to face, if therapeutically appropriate.

Health Insurance

I am not on any insurance provider panels, however I will be happy to provide you with a statement of services to send to your insurance company (PPO) for reimbursement.  

Contact Me

Call 415-346-6363 for available appointment times or a free twenty minute phone consultation to discuss making an appointment in either Gig Harbor or San Francisco.

Or, you can email me at



Trainings for Therapists

I currently offer the following workshops and trainings for psychotherapists: 

  • Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

  • Jungian Theory and Practice for Psychotherapists and Sandplay Therapists

  • Sandplay Trainings for Professionals (Education hours toward Sandplay Therapists of America education)

  • STA/ISST Approved Consultation, both in person and online

For more information, including dates, times, location and cost, please visit