M.A. Program Faculty: Bernadette Torrez, Psy.D.

Bernadette Torrez, Psy.D.
Full-Time Faculty

B.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996
M.A. Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark College, 2001
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University - CSPP, 2010

Dr. Torrez has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including university academic hospitals, community mental health, residential treatment facilities, schools, and private practice. Her areas of expertise are complex trauma, family and couples in crisis, acting out adolescents, attachment theory & practice, addiction, forms of discrimination and prejudice against people; including racism, social economic status, heterosexism, and ableism. She also has an area of expertise in neuropsychological assessment.

Highlights in Dr. Torrez's clinical work include intensive in-home family therapy with families in severe distress stemming from oppression and complex PTSD in Richmond, California; working with a dual diagnosis population in psychiatry at Oregon Health Science University; and a specialization in neuropsychological testing for differential psychiatric diagnosis, learning abilities, cognitive and memory problems, and chronic pain. Dr. Torrez also served as a Social Service Manager for three years at Rosemont School in Portland Oregon, where she worked with behaviorally disordered adolescent girls and their families in a locked down facility. At Rosemont School, Dr. Torrez utilized a multi-dimensional family systems approach integrating individual, family, and group therapy, child protective services, judicial, and educational systems.

Currently, Dr. Torrez conducts psychotherapy in Kentfield in a private practice setting where she makes use of a variety of evidenced based treatment modalities (Psychodynamic, CBT, and Systems theory) and evidence based practices such as EMDR, Hypnosis, Mindfulness Practices, Emotional Focused Couples Therapy, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Brief Strategic Family Therapy. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Alliant International University where she teaches Human Development.

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
Association of Family Therapists of Northern California


Clinical Assessment & Measures
Common Therapeutic Factors
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Couples Counseling
Diagnosis & Empirically Supported Treatments
MFT Professional Development
Multicultural Awareness and Sensitivity