David Ruth, NCC, APCC

Psychotherapy San Francisco

(415) 689-­4131


David became a psychotherapist following a career working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. His professional and life experience has taught him the value of being able to listen to each individual’s unique perspective, draw from their strengths and experiences, and support them in developing the capacity to cope with life’s challenges. 

In his study and work in psychotherapy, David discovered the value of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, with its focus on action, a variety of evidence-based solutions that can be tailored to the individual, and skills that help people achieve their own objectives. David’s therapeutic style is warm, engaged and collaborative.   

David has experience over many years working with people from many different countries and backgrounds. He also is also an executive coach and a trainer in interpersonal and professional communications skills.

In his approach to each individual client, David draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities, including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Motivational Interviewing

Career counseling


Education and Training

David earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairfield University in Connecticut.  He also has a bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.  He is certified as a counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors and registered as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with the State of California.