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About Linda

Linda Paoli, founder of Heart Healer Treatment Center, has been a social worker since 1978 and has been seeing clients in her own private practice for over twenty-five years. Prior to that she worked as a Social Worker with the California Youth Authority and as a therapist with a nonprofit agency treating molest victims and their families. As a result of these experiences, she has developed a keen desire to short-circuit the legacy of abuse and addiction and replace it with one of healthy connection to oneself and others. She is committed to creating a healthier world—one person, one couple, one family, or one organization at a time.


Her primary focus is healing relationships—and because of that she has developed specialties in couples’ counseling, sex and love addiction, codependency, chemical and process addictions (i.e., debting, work, food, codependency), healthy sexuality, and Inner Child issues.


One of the ways that she makes therapy easier for clients is to have them fill out an extensive Intake Form and Life Script Survey that is used to identify the primary self-defeating messages that were received in childhood. A Life Script Analysis is prepared and given to clients who use it as a “road map” for therapy. This direction is particularly helpful for people new to therapy. Even people with previous counseling experience are surprised at the new insights they get simply from filling out these forms.


She has had the great fortune to be trained by internationally known experts in relationship counseling and sex addiction. These include, but are not limited to Robert and Mary Goulding (Dr. & LCSW respectively), Dr. Patrick Carnes, and Dr. Harville Hendrix.


She also consults with CSAT Interns during their 30 hour required supervision.



  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker #9184, 1981
  • Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, 1993
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, 2001
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor
  • Certified EMDR Therapist



  • Redecision Therapy, 1983 to 1987
  • Hypnosis, 1989
  • Hot Monogamy, 1996



  • EMDR International Association
  • Imago Relationships International
  • International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals


*On a personal note, Linda is widowed, has both biological and step-children, and
is a grandmother.



Individuals of all cultural backgrounds / sexual orientations welcome.


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"A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for."

-J.A. Shedd