Larry Beutler, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of California

Larry Beutler is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist. He has worked with the Center since 2013, first as the Director of an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program funded by Palo Alto University and later as a member of the Executive Board.

Larry Beutler, Ph.D.

As a professional psychologist, I have seen, time and again, the huge impact domestic violence has on families and the weakness of extant treatments. Domestic violence destroys one’s options, takes lives, and changes people forever.  I have devoted my professional life to finding ways effectively to heal people and to help survivors regain their lives.”


What do you value most about what the Center offers the community?  The Center’s staff and administrators know that it is people who heal people, not mere “programs”.  The Center personnel know that the effectiveness of the Center’s programs is determined by their own ability and willingness to engage in healing relationships.  We have staff who know how to be the active ingredients of a healing process.

What is your vision for growth and the future?  I want to see a time when we can welcome those who are suffering with the assurance that we can tailor an intervention for their specific needs and thereby, provide them both with tools and models to reset their lives, heal their relationships, and achieve their goals.

Now retired, he has served on the faculties of Duke University Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of California-Santa Barbara, Palo Alto University, and Stanford University Medical School.