Ruth McKercher, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist practicing in San Diego. She received her Ph.D .in 2003 from the San Diego campus of California School of Professional Psychology. Ruth has been working in the field of mental health since 1989. Her work first started in clinical research and has taken her to residential treatment facilities for teenagers, crisis centers, psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, clinical trial coordination and back to private practice. Her primary practice has been in the treatment of mood disorders–depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders. Over the years she has had a special interest in Manic Depressive illness. Her dissertation was on the role of insight in the self-report of manic symptoms for those individuals experiencing a manic episode. Dr. McKercher uses experienced based practices, whenever possible, when working with individuals in therapy. She is familiar with the 12-Steps and works with those committed to their recovery. She has received training in Cognitive Therapy, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Family Therapy and holds a certificate in Older Adult Mental Health. She is currently receiving training in EMDR.

Suicide is always of interest to psychologists working with people who suffer from depression and mania. Prevention of suicide has been a primary focus of her work with individuals. Ruth is also interested in the effects on community and family when a loved one, friend or acquaintance is lost to suicide. She actively participates in Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL).

She works with adults of all ages, and adolescents.

Family Life

Ruth and her husband Scott have been married for 42 years. They currently live with two cats . Together they have raised two sons and one daughter and are currently enjoying being the grandparents of two toddlers. Interests in the family range from yoga and surfing to mountain climbing and desert racing. Sharing family time is precious.

Professional Organizations

Dr. McKercher is a member of the San Diego Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and serves on the Board for the San Diego Chapter of Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL).

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