Linda Carlos, M.A., LMFT, MFC27723


About Me and My Practice

As a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 1991, I have had the privilege to come alongside my clients in their life challenges and help them grow, heal and move forward in healthier ways. In becoming who we are today, we all have faced difficulties and obstacles because life is hard! Many of us discover in time that we have carried wounds from our past that have caused us to develop unhealthy ways of coping with our pain. These can show up in symptoms like depression, anger, anxiety disorders, addictions, and other compulsive behaviors. The good news is that we can learn to reduce and overcome these symptoms through proven successful approaches based in the latest advances in neuroscience and human development (attachment theory).

I enjoy working with both individuals and couples, and love focusing on relationships (from dating through empty nesters and beyond). For couples with marital issues and those thinking about getting married, I am a certified instructor for PREPARE/ENRICH, which is a program used for premarital counseling, marriage counseling and marriage enrichment. The program includes a comprehensive online couple assessment along with feedback using skills-building exercises. I am also trained in the evidence-based Gottman method for marital counseling and improving relationship and communication skills which has been very successful for thousands of couples.

My areas of specialty are trauma recovery and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), including events involving death, assault, deployment, and accidents. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and have completed training approved by the EMDR International Association. EMDR is a very effective method for healing traumas of any kind and is also used with correcting negative beliefs (lies) about ourselves that have hindered us from living fulfilled lives. It is wonderful to see concrete results and relief for many of my clients almost immediately. For more information, I encourage you to visit the EMDRIA website at

My counseling style is real, interactive, strong and grace-giving, sharing who I am with clients appropriately. I use an integrative approach, bringing both my clinical training and seminary training into my therapy, though anyone not seeking this approach will receive my utmost respect and sensitivity to their world view.

In addition to my practice, I serve as the Clinical Supervisor at Community Counseling Associates, Former Adjunct Faculty at Western Seminary, and on the Board of Directors for Mission of Grace Foundation.

My Pricing & Packages

I enjoy creating, developing, serving and making a difference.  Having been in Private Practice since 1992 and providing therapy since 1986, I can attest to being a lifelong learner in many aspects of my professional life in order to become proficient at my occupation.    

In addition to professional, competent therapy, I want to offer my clients strong and healthy business practices along with modeling relational, emotional and mental health habits.  The stronger my practice, the more I can offer:

  • More effective services and approaches in which I have advanced training,
  • A more welcoming and comfortable office,
  • The benefit of my having received ongoing consultations, and colleagues’ expertise, and
  • The more ability my business has to stay strong and help others.

This also affects how well I am able to take care of myself as I offer specialized care to others.  Guided by these goals, I carefully set the pricing of my services to support my life and the strength of my practice. 

I currently accept:

Cash                    Checks                    Debit Cards                    Credit Cards                    Health Savings & Flex Spending Accounts

Ask me for more details.

Pricing for Counseling/Therapy Sessions:


50 minute Initial Assessment: $160

50 minute therapy session: $160

80 minute therapy session (Save 20%): $200


See below for Special Packages

Client Appreciation Deal

After the Initial Assessment and at any time during
the course of therapy, packages of 6 sessions for the price of 5
can be purchased. These discount packages are for 50-minute
sessions, must be paid for upfront, and are nonrefundable.

Six  50 minute therapy sessions for the price of five:


Save $160!

About Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR):

EMDR can work quickly and effectively to reduce emotional disturbances caused by childhood and adult traumas, disturbing memories, negative self-talk and negative beliefs about ourselves.

It can also reduce hurt and pain associated with health issues, relationship hurts, grief and loss, work or school related issues or frightening events.

After EMDR, you may no longer relive the images, sounds, and intense feelings when you recall what you went through.  Even though you still remember what happened, it can be much less disturbing as you recall it.

Pricing for EMDR Therapy Sessions:


50 minute Initial Assessment: $180

50 minute EMDR therapy session: $180

80 minute EMDR therapy session (save 10%): $240


See below for Special EMDR Package

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Psychotherapist in full time private practice since 1992
  • Supervisor of MFT interns & trainees since 1993
  • Adjunct Faculty, Western Seminary, 2009 – 2014
  • Seminar & Workshop Leader with special interest in Developmental and Recovery Issues, Visioning and Defining Your Mission, Practical Faith

Specialty Areas

  • Relationship Building, Couples Counseling
  • Recovery & Trauma Issues
  • Depressive & Anxiety Disorders
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Stress Reduction
  • Counseling from a Christian World View


  • Prepare & Enrich
  • EMDR
  • Gottman Method
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing


Mondays Seeing clients in Gold River By Appointment
Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.


M.A. Theology, M.A., MFT, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
B.A. Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, CA

Professional Affiliations and Clinical Membership

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), 1991 – present
  • CAMFT, Sacramento Chapter, 2010 – Present
  • Cofounder, Community Counseling Services (formerly Covenant Counseling Services, 1992) and now known as Community Counseling Associates, a nonprofit organization.
  • Associate Member, Creekside Counseling Associates

My Locations:
Main Office, Creekside Counseling Associates (Tuesdays – Thursdays)
8841 Williamson Drive, Suite 40
Elk Grove, CA 95624


Gold River location (Mondays)
11344 Coloma Road, #250
Gold River, CA 95670

Contact Me

By Phone:     (916) 857-8210

By Email:

Pay on Zelle:

Linda Carlos LMFT, 916-879-5896

Special Packages for Counseling / Therapy

Also available are special packages (savings of 10% – over 15%) designed for the type of therapy you could receive based on your goals and issues being addressed.  You can choose the above pricing options or choose to combine the special packaging with resources included in your course of therapy.

Premarital Counseling

Six  50 minute therapy sessions


Couple Evaluation
(online access, $39.95)

+  Two Couple Workbooks that include:

  • Skill Building Exercises
  • Homework Assignments
  • Resources for Growth

Getting More Serious?

Considering an Engagement?

In your 6 sessions of therapy, we will:

  • Explore Your Relationship Strength and Growth Areas
  • Know your personality similarities and differences
  • Strengthen your communication skills, including assertiveness and active listening
  • Learn skills to resolve conflict
  • Explore relationship styles and families-of-origin issues
  • Develop a workable budget and financial plan
  • Develop personal, couple, and family goals

Get Your Marriage Off  To A Great Start!

Premarital Package:

$ 875.00 Save 10%

Marital Therapy

Six  50 minute therapy sessions

+   Use of P/E Check In
(online access for $39.95) & Discussion Guide (a $19.99 value)

Give Your Marriage a Tune-Up

+  2 Skills-Sharpening Books of Your Choice

Marital Check-Up Package:


$ 895.00 Save over 15%

Anxiety Issues

Six  50 minute therapy sessions

+   Anxiety Inventory

+  Anxiety Workbook

+  Resources for Anxiety Reduction

  • Learn about Anxiety, your Body and your Brain
  • Identifying Triggers
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Self-care
  • Increasing Sleep
  • Learning Effective Skills

Anxiety Issues Package:

$ 900.00 Save 10%

Trauma Therapy

Six  50 minute therapy sessions

+   Trauma Assessment

+  a Trauma Workbook individualized for you and your experiences

Trauma:  an emotional response to a terrible event.


  • Learn about Trauma, your Body and your Brain
  • Identifying Triggers
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Meditation
  • Self-care
  • Increasing Sleep
  • Changing Negative Thought
  • Therapy includes the use of The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), a neurobiological-based, affect-focused trauma treatment model.

Trauma Therapy Package:

$ 850.00 Save 15%

EMDR Therapy

Three  50 minute EMDR Therapy sessions           


Two  80 minute EMDR Therapy sessions

+  Your Choice of 2:


EMDR Therapy Package:

$ 525.00 Save 10%

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