Ruth Wetherford, Ph.D.

Meet Dr. Ruth Wetherford

I grew up in a small town in central Louisiana during the 1950’s and 60’s and graduated cum laude from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 1969 (B.A., Psychology). I got my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston in 1977, was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Family Therapy, 1977-78, and headed to California as soon as possible in the Fall of 1978. I’ve loved living in San Francisco! I became licensed in California in 1980 and have been a busy psychologist ever since.

First, I was appointed to the core faculty of California School of Professional Psychology (now a part of Alliant University) in Berkeley/Alameda, where I taught many classes, chaired student dissertations and was the Chair of the Human Subjects Committee until 1985. At that time I became an Adjunct Faculty member and taught classes until I retired from teaching in 1999.

My first work as a therapist here was with children and their families in the Tenderloin from 1979-84. I was on a community mental health team (county funded) that worked to reduce the effects of poverty, neglect and abuse on young children. It was hard but fulfilling.

I began my private office in 1982 and moved into the Mills Building in 1992, where I love my office and plan to stay put. I see people in all sorts of difficult, though human, situations. Together, we reduce psychic pain and increase the sense of enjoyment of life.


I am writing to give you my whole-hearted thanks for helping me start to make significant changes in my life. As you may recall I was significantly depressed when I first came to see you. I benefited greatly from your information, enthusiasm and concise planning to help me make the changes I needed. You had a kind way of imparting information to help me understand how I was stuck in the trap of my family of origin dynamic and to change my own behavior within this dynamic. You are a powerhouse of support and information. I am very grateful for working with you. You are a warm, smart and very effective coach, teacher and therapist. The long and short of it is that I am not depressed now ( 6 months later), have reduced my Rx dosage, I am more optimistic about my life and actually enjoying it in a way which had escaped me for some time. I appreciated your ability to keep me on track and focused in such a warm yet professional way.- Anne Marie