California-Licensed Psychologist PSY 4205

I am Dr. Bonnie Ring, Licensed Psychologist, with 50 years of experience in my field. Aside from providing psychotherapy, I have been serving as a spiritual director and retreat leader for more than 30 years.

Because of my experience, I have gained a deep understanding of the ups and downs of every stage of life. I have experienced them and accompanied hundreds of individuals on their respective journeys.

If you let me become the experienced, honest, and compassionate companion in your life, I will be there to help you change.

Dr. Bonnie Ring

Published Books

  • Women Who Knew Jesus
  • Mary Magdalene: A Disciple and Friend of Jesus
    A Childrens Book

Current Professional Experience

I offer individual and couple counseling and family therapy to adults aged 18-90 from diverse ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and sexual preferences.

Our confidential conversations are informal and interactive. I convey warmth, genuine interest, and acceptance. You can count on me to listen attentively and ask probing questions that lead to a client’s or couple's increased self-understanding.

After more than 50 years, I realize that no one therapeutic modality can describe my approach. I respond to each individual differently. I am influenced by Existential and Humanistic Psychology, Family Systems, Psychodynamic Theory and Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques, which include:

  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Couple Relationship Patterns
  • EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)
  • Behavior Modification

I help people cope with the difficulties they experience throughout the life cycle. In addition, I help clients develop effective couple communication and recover from trauma, PTSD, and treatment of sexual dysfunctions.

I provide spiritual direction to individuals who wish to deepen their relationships with God. My goal is to help them achieve a deeper appreciation of God's role in their lives.


Additionally, I design and lead retreats. My retreats on the women who encountered Jesus led to the publication of Women Who Knew Jesus, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For appointments, please call (650) 560-8590 or email [email protected]

Additionally, I design and lead retreats. My retreats on the women who encountered Jesus led to the publication of Women Who Knew Jesus, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For appointments, please call
(650) 560-8590 or email [email protected].

Hourly Fees

  • Counseling – $200
  • Spiritual Direction – $100
  • Some Insurance Applies

Past Professional Experience

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

Former Host on Station KSFO
The Dr. Bonnie Ring Show was the first psychological call-in radio program in the Bay Area.

At UC Santa Cruz, I pioneered the development of a decentralized counseling service to better reach out to students and impact their environment through consultation with faculty, administration, and residence staff.

At UC Irvine, I 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. This effort significantly affected the retention rate of students through stress reduction workshops, study skills, time management, and individual counseling.

Boston University
As a graduate student, I was interested in the educational and psychological methods that enable adults to grow and change. During that time, the Civil Rights movement and interfaith conflict were central in the US.

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 at the College of Management.

My doctoral dissertation (Recognized Similarity: An Investigation of Significant Events Reported by Encounter Group Participants) was part of a much larger study at Stanford University.

It was reported in Encounter Groups: First Facts, by Lieberman, Yalom, and Miles.


  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the West
  • Who's Who Among American Women
  • Pi Lambda Theta Educational Honor Society


  • 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 Berkley California

Reach Out to Me

Contact me if you have any questions about my background. Please note that my practice is based in Half Moon Bay, California.