I am not I
I am this one
Walking beside me whom I do not see,
Whom at times I manage to visit,
And whom at other times I forget.

– Juan Ramon Jimenez

Rulik_PerlaRulik Perla, PhD, MFT

My professional work includes psychotherapy with clients in private practice, supervising and training therapy interns, and adding human dimension to the working of high-tech companies.

Since 2009, I have supervised individuals and groups at the Alameda Crisis Center and offered consultation for their group leaders. I also supervise both individuals and groups in my private practice and run a consultation group for recently licensed professionals who do not need supervision any more yet appreciate consultation and support in their new practice. Between 2010 and 2014, I supervised both individuals and groups at the JFK Holistic Counseling Center.

I was born in Israel in 1955 and grew up during several wars. As all Israelis I served in the army for three years. For my undergraduate work I studied Music and Philosophy at the Tel-Aviv University.

Later I became a software engineer and worked professionally on many aspects of software design in England, Belgium, Italy, Israel and the United States.

In 2002 I graduated from John F Kennedy University, with MS in Counseling Psychotherapy and found my vocation.

I trained and mentored with Eric Greenleaf PH.D, Stephen Gilligan PH.D, and Gary Hoeber MFT.

I am an associate of The Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area and a member of CAMFT.

My PhD in Clinical Psychology from Meridian University can be reviewed here.



I worked with Rulik as my clinical supervisor during my practicum. What he provided me with during that fairly vulnerable time of individual and professional development was a sense of safety to explore the rough edges of what I didn't yet know, hadn't yet learned, rather than a forum for sharing what I was already confident about. To make the best use of a supervision space, I had to be open, shame-free, and willing to reveal my missteps and uncertainties in earnest--not easy for me. Rulik not only earned the trust that made this opening possible for me, he gave helpful, insightful, smart and compassionate guidance that has ultimately made me a much better therapist.

L.G., LMFT, Oakland, CA