Linda Carroll

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Linda Carroll
Born Linda Anne Risi
(1944-04-07) April 7, 1944 (age 72)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Residence Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Author, therapist, counselor
Years active 1980-present
Known for Therapist
Children 5, including Courtney Love
Relatives Frances Bean Cobain, granddaughter

Linda Carroll (born April 7, 1944)[1] is an American author and a marriage counselor and family therapist.[2] Carroll received national attention in 1993 when one of her patients, the fugitive Katherine Ann Power, turned herself in to authorities after spending twenty-three years eluding police.[3] Carroll is best known professionally as a couple's therapist,[4] and as an author of three books, the latest being Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love (New World Library, 2014).

She has worked as a couple's therapist for more than 30 years. In addition to being a licensed psychotherapist, she is certified in Imago Therapy,[5] the highly successful form of couple's therapy developed by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt. She is also a master teacher in the Pairs Psychoeducation Process, a nationally recognized relationship education program for couples. Carroll studied Voice Dialogue with Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone, Holotropic Breathwork with Dr. Stanislav Grof, the Four-Fold with Angeles Arrien, the Diamond Heart Work of A.H. Almaas, and trained with The Couples Institute of Drs. Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson. She is also certified in the Hot Monogamy program, which helps couples create or re-create a passionate connection between them.

She teaches workshops and delivers keynote addresses throughout the United States and is a frequent speaker at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.[6]

Born and raised in San Francisco, Linda Carroll now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her veterinarian husband, Tim Barraud. She is the mother of singer and musician Courtney Love, and the daughter of novelist Paula Fox.


Linda was born to Paula Fox when she was 20,[7] the result of a short-lived relationship.[8] Paula lived under the roof of acting coach Stella Adler at the time, as did then unknown actor Marlon Brando.[9] There have been persistent rumors that Brando fathered the child,[10] although neither Brando nor Fox ever commented on the matter.[11][12] Linda Carroll did not meet her birth mother until later in life.[13] Given the tumultuous relationship with Paula's own biological parents, she gave the child up for adoption. Linda was adopted into a Catholic family of part Italian descent, and was raised in Pacific Heights by Jack and Louella Risi. Linda took her surname after her friend Judy Carroll, after Judy's death.[7] Linda graduated from high school in 1961.

She married writer and one-time Grateful Dead manager Hank Harrison in 1963 in Reno, Nevada[7] and gave birth to a daughter, Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964. Within years of Courtney's birth, both Carroll's adoptive parents died.[13][14] She divorced Harrison after eighteen months of marriage, alleging that he had given her the drug LSD, and brought her daughter Courtney with her to Marcola, Oregon. She had two other daughters, Nicole and Jaimee, with her second husband, Frank Rodríguez.[13][15]

After finishing her bachelor's degree in Oregon in the 1970s, she moved to New Zealand. She returned to Oregon in the 1980s, received a masters in counseling, and began practicing as a therapist. Carroll and her veterinarian husband, Tim Barraud, began to teach a couples course based on the Imago work of Harville Hendrix, the PAIRS training of Dr. Lori Gordon, and their own insights, study, and practices.

As an adult, Carroll found that her birth mother is the novelist Paula Fox (her grandmother was screenwriter Elsie Fox).[14] In 2006, her memoir Her Mother's Daughter: A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew and of My Daughter, Courtney Love, was published by Doubleday.[16] Love's agent called the book a work of "vicious and greedy fiction", and said, "We find it astonishing that any mother should write such a book. This is especially true in the case of Ms Carroll, who abandoned her daughter when she was a seven-year-old and whom Ms Love thus barely knows at all."[7][14] Linda Carroll, however, contends in her memoir that she left Courtney with a friend for just two months at age nine while she was looking for a home in New Zealand and that Courtney remained with her until she emancipated herself at age 16.[13] Linda Carroll has not spoken to her daughter in years and remains estranged.

"Far from a celebrity memoir, Her Mother's Daughter," Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association wrote, “Despite the suggestive subtitle, Carroll's memoir is far less tell-all than it is her personal recollections of growing up feeling alienated from her adoptive family, her peers, and her religion. ... A thoughtful memoir of one woman's coming-of-age in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.”[17]

As of 2015, Carroll has five children and ten grandchildren.[18]



  1. ^
  2. ^ Linda Carroll's background and family
  3. ^ Egan, Timothy (1993-09-17). "A Conscience Haunted by a Radical's Crime". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Linda Carroll-Barraud". Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Imago Therapist Details". Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Love Cycles, Linda Carroll, M.S. - Rancho Le Puerta". Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  7. ^ a b c d Neva Chonin (February 5, 2006). "MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS / Courtney Love's mom, Linda Carroll, reflects on her daughter and her own birth mother". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Acocella, Joan (May 16, 2011). "From Bad Beginnings". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  9. ^ Courtney Love, Telegraph
  10. ^ Marlon Brando could be Linda Carroll's biological father
  11. ^ Linda Carroll's paternity
  12. ^ Is It Fact or Is It Schmact
  13. ^ a b c d Carroll, Linda (2005). Her Mother's Daughter: A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew and of My Daughter, Courtney Love. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-51247-3. 
  14. ^ a b c Gaby Wood (28 May 2006). "No love lost for a mother's lost love". Independent Woman. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Jung, K Elan (2010). Sexual Trauma: A Challenge Not Insanity. The Hudson Press. pp. 188–189. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  16. ^ "Courtney Love's mom denies paper's story". USA Today. 2003-08-24. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Her Mother's Daughter: A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew and of My Daughter, Courtney Love, by Kinda Carroll Booklist Online". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Linda Carroll children and grandchildren

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