The Women’s Therapy Center (WTC) was originally conceived by two Berkeley clinicians, Nina Ham and Jane Loebel, in 1979, specifically to create a training site that offered an alternative to existing models of teaching psychotherapy.
The guiding principle at the time was to develop a clinical training program with a focus on the unique issues relevant to the female therapist–female client dyad. Furthermore, their goal was to integrate feminist and egalitarian ideals with sound clinical theory and technique.
WTC became a non-profit corporation in 1985. The second year of training was added in this same year. The third year Advanced Training Program (ATP) was added in 1988 and expanded to include couples in 1996 and adolescent girls (ages 14 and older) in 2003.
WTC’s roots were in its training program, but as the years passed, our client services became central to becoming a community-based organization. Accordingly, our Women’s Clinic, Couples’ Clinic, and Adolescent Girls Program are designed to provide easily accessible and affordable therapy for a diverse client population in the San Francisco Bay community.
WTC is essentially a volunteer organization. We have a small, part-time staff, a volunteer faculty, students who receive training in exchange for services, and a growing membership. Our organizational culture relies on the active participation of all of our constituencies to create a vital training program, socially responsible client services and a meaningful sense of community.