California Licensed Psychologist PSY 4205

Dr. Bonnie Ring

Recognized by:

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in the West

​Who's Who Among American Women


Vassar College

B. A. New York University

Ed, M. Boston University

Ed. D. Boston University

Advanced Graduate Study, UCLA School of Management, UCSF in Human Sexuality

M. Div. Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Graduate Theological Union

Current Professional Experience

I offer individual and couple counseling to adults aged 18-90 from diverse

ethnic groups, socio-economic backgroups and sexual preferences. Our confidential conversations are informal and interactive, where I convey warmth, genuine interest and acceptance, listen attentively and ask probing questions that lead to a client or couple's increased self-understanding. After more than 45 years, no one therapeutic modality can describe my approach: I respond to each individual differently. I am influenced by existential and humanistic psychology, cognitive behavior therapy including EMDR. gestalt therapy, family systems therapy, couple relationship patterns and psychodynamic theory. I focus on helping people cope with the difficulties experienced by adults throughout the life cycle, developing effective couple communication, recovery from trauma and PTSD and treatment of sexual dysfunctions.

I provide spiritual direction to individuals seeking a closer relationship with God and a deeper appreciation of God's role in their lives.

I design and lead Retreats. My retreats on the women who encountered Jesus led to the publication of Women Who Knew Jesus, AuthorHouse, 2015. See

For Appointments: 650-728-0555 or

Moss Beach: Sessions of 1-2 hours are available at convenient hours by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Berkeley: Friday Sessions of 1-2 hours are available at 908 Tulare Avenue between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. by appointment.

Hourly Fees:  Counseling $150.  Spiritual Direction: $75.  

Some insurance applies. 

Past Professional Experience

Former Consultant, AT & T, during the divestiture of the baby Bells, provided executive coaching, team building, goal setting, group problem-solving and union-management conflict resolution.

Former Host, the Dr. Bonnie Ring Show, the first psychological call-in radio 

program in the Bay Area.

Counseling Psychologist, University of California at Santa Cruz & Irvine.

Pioneered the development of a decentralized counseling service in order

to better reach out to students and impact their environment through consultation with Faculty, Administration and Residence staff. Introduced

the decentralized model of counseling service delivery to the School

of Biological Sciences at a time when it had the highest admission and

attrition rates and significantly affected the retention rate of students 

through workshops in stress reduction, study skills, time management

and individual counseling.

Boston UniversityAs a graduate student, the heart of my interests were the 

educational and psychological methods that enable Adults to grow and change. At a time in America when the Civil Rights movement and interfaith conflict were central, I served as a Fellow of the Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences, formerly the Human Relations Center begun by Benne, Bennis and Chin. I was a Teaching Fellow in the undergraduate Department of Human Relations and Organization Behavior in the College of Management. My doctoral dissertation, Recognized Similarity: An Investigation of Significant Events Reported by Encounter Group Participants

was a part of a much larger study at Stanford University , reported in Encounter Groups: First Facts, by Lieberman, Yalom and Miles.