Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.

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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Trainer, Consultant, and Author

Ronald Mah has been in education, human services, or therapy work since earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Social Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975; completed the teachers credential graduate program at the University of California, Berkeley in 1976; and holds a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology 1991, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education and Social Change 2013 from the Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley.  He sees individuals, children, couples, and families as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in private practice in San Leandro.

As a therapist, educator, author and consultant, Ronald combines concepts, principles, and philosophy with practical techniques and guidelines for effective and productive results.  Licensed as a MFT since 1994, his professional experiences include:

Psychotherapist: individual, child and teen, couples, and family therapy in San Leandro, California- specialties include challenging couples, difficult teenagers, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, learning disabilities, multi-cultural issues, foster children, child development, parenting, and personality disorders;

Author: “How Dangerous is this Person” (2013 and a nineteen book series on Challenges in Couples and Couple Therapy- e-books at; articles for the Journal of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist (CAMFT): working with teenagers, elder care issues, and assessing dangerous clients, online courses for the National Association of Social Workers- California chapter (NASW-CA) on child abuse prevention, legal and ethical vulnerabilities, and difficult children, “Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood, Positive Discipline for PreK-3 Classrooms and Beyond” (2006), “The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution” (2008), and “Getting Beyond Bullying and Exclusion, PreK-5, Empowering Children in Inclusive Classrooms,” (2009) with Corwin Press; Asian Pacific Islander Parent Education Support (APIPES) curriculum for the City of San Francisco Department of Human Services (1996), 4th-6th Grade Social Science Reader, Asian-American History, Berkeley Unified School District, (1977), and  trainer/speaker of 20 dvds on child development and behavior for Fixed Earth Films, and in another time and career three arts and crafts books for children.

Consultant and trainer: social services programs, community mental health, Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) programs, therapeutic, social support, and vocational programs for at-risk youth, welfare-to-work programs, Head Start, ECE programs and conferences, and various schools,

Clinical supervisor: for therapists in SED school programs, child and family therapists in a community counseling agency, Veteran Affairs in-patient clinician, foster care services manager for a school district, manager/supervisor for the Trevor Project- San Francisco, staff of transitional housing from in-patient psychiatric care, and a high school mental health clinic;

Educator: credentialed elementary and secondary teacher, Masters of Psychology instructor for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) track students, 16 years in ECE, elementary & secondary teaching credentials, and community college instructor.

Other professional roles: member Ethics Committee- 6 years and Board of Directors- 4 years for the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist (CAMFT); and Board of Directors of the California Kindergarten Association (CKA)- 2 three-year terms; and  Clinical consultant for PrivateTree- a confidential online communication technology.


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