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I offer individual and couple counseling to adults aged 18-90 from diverse ethnic groups, socio-economic backgrounds, 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 and 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, recovering 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.

Dr. Bonnie Ring
Dr. Bonnie Ring

I design and lead retreats. My retreats on the women who encountered Jesus led to the publication of Women Who Knew Jesus, Diamond Media Press, Page Turner, 2021. See www.womenwhoknewjesus.com

Hourly Fees: Counseling $175. Spiritual Direction: $80.
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, the 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 individual and group therapy, and 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 University. As a graduate student, the heart of my interests was 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.

Dr. Bonnie Ring


  • Vassar College
  • B. A. New York University
  • Ed, M. Boston University
  • Ed. D. Boston University
  • Advanced Graduate Study, UCLA School of Management and UCSF in Human Sexuality
  • M. Div. Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Graduate Theological Union

Recognized by:

  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the West
  • Who's Who Among American Women

California Licensed Psychologist PSY 4205

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