About WTC

The History of WTC
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.

Mission Statement

The Women’s Therapy Center has two overlapping missions:

  1. To provide comprehensive training in relational psychotherapy, which encourages viewing people within their social context and affords clients an experience of respect, acceptance and empathy. Length of treatment is determined by client and therapist without regard to any institutionally imposed time limits.

  2. To strengthen families and communities through affordable therapy for multi-cultural and sexually diverse women, adolescent girls (14-18 years) and couples.

Statement of Commitment 
  • Committed to in-depth psychodynamic relational therapy training and mental health services  that are made available to community members regardless of institutional regulations or social location.

  • Committed to respect and inclusion of diversity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or race, on all levels within the organization.

  • Committed to the value of community and its importance in shaping the direction of training and services.
  •  Committed to serving the San Francisco Bay area with acceptance, empathy, flexibility, and through the lens of social justice