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After more than 30 years of private practice, teaching, and supervision, Walt remains enthusiastic and inspired by the healing process. He founded one of the first Vietnam Veterans Counseling Centers funded by the Veterans Administration and since then has been at the forefront of the treatment and research in the area of trauma and addiction recovery. Walt has taught at many of the local colleges and universities in these subjects as well as spiritual approaches to psychotherapy and Integrative Psychology. Dr Rutherford is an innovative educator in Integrative studies, and a community leader in the emergence of Tibetan Buddhist healing methods. He is known for his group leadership, expertise in teaching and ability to build communities that are therapeutic and healing relationships. He and his wife, Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, share four children and have lived in San Diego for over 20 years.


  • William Lyon University

Professional Memberships

  • San Diego Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Office Hours

Mon1:00am - 8:00am
Tue6:00am - 11:00am
Wed1:00am - 9:00am
Thu3:30am - 12:30pm
Fri1:00am - 7:00am
Sat1:00am - 8:00am


Initial Consultation$150.00
Adolescent Counseling Session$150.00
Adults Counseling Session$150.00
Couples Counseling$150.00
Group Therapy$50.00
4 counseling sessions$550.00

Patient Reviews

Overall Rating

Walt is a gifted healer as well as a psychologist. He embodies the best qualities in a therapist which are professional expertise, intuitive clinical skill and years of experience along with empathy, compassion and a concern for one's life, not just the issue that brings you into the office. Walt listens between the lines. Your heart and your head are safe with him.

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Walt is a wise, compassionate, experienced and effective psychologist who truly knows how to change a person's life. His approach integrates philosophies between the East and the West, and his sense of humor enlightens the lives he meets. I highly recommended him!

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Walt was extremely helpful in getting me through heartbreaking losses. I'd been to others, but Walt was the first to correctly diagnose me and assist with insurance forms. Highly recommend taking any issues you might have that bother you out with Walt.

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Sincere high quality attention. i highly recommend Walts services to anyone searching in this area, and maybe even the peripherals of others as well. As a disabled veteran i am no stranger to psychs of all types, but i found Walt's unique perspective and genuine caring approach refreshing. I also noticed a dedication to excellence with walt, as in he always was where he said he would be, and always followed through with his word and what was agreed upon even in the small details that could have been brushed over. After our official dealings were over, i paid him a friendly visit, where we became engrossed in engaging esoteric speak and he gifted me a poignant and applicable book for my new life challenges, the personal touch great guy, wealth of personal experience and knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, a never diminished vibrant enthusiasm for helping others, in stark contrast to your run of the mill psych who operate from aloof, condescending, detached ivory tower psycho-babble. Walt has a gift for empathy.

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Walt has been a teacher and a coach to me. His incredible wisdom goes beyond the regular standard answer. His point of view has lifted me into a new vision of everyday challenges. I regard Walt with high regard. He did not come by his peace or his intuition without deeply moving life experiences. Sharing time with Walt is a gift I give to myself

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