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Ron Valle


Areas of Focus: Integrated Therapy for Chronic Pain, Stress, and Trauma

Phone: 510-217-4712



  • Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Pittsburgh.
  • M.S. Social Psychology, University of Pittsburgh.
  • B.A. Psychology, Carnegie-Mellon University.


Dr. Valle received his doctoral degree in Social Psychology and has served as a professor in behavioral-experimental and existential-phenomenological departments of psychology at major universities. He has published extensively, including five books as well as over 40 professional journal articles and book chapters, in the areas of social, clinical, humanistic, existential-phenomenological, transpersonal, and philosophical psychology. Following his post-doctoral clinical training, Ron has served clinically as a psychologist for over 30 years, specializing in clients with chronic pain and stress-related disorders, and with those facing a life-threatening diagnosis and their families. A long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation, Dr. Valle developed the Integrated Therapy Program for Transforming Stress and Pain while director of an outpatient university hospital pain clinic. He is editor of Phenomenological Inquiry: Existential and Transpersonal Dimensions, senior editor of Metaphors of Consciousness, and first author of Opening to Dying and Grieving: A Sacred Journey.


  • Integrated Therapy for Chronic Pain, Stress, and Trauma.
  • Psychology of Grieving and Dying.
  • Existential-Phenomenological Research.
  • Transpersonal Psychology and Meditation.


  • American Psychological Association, Division 8 (Social Psychology).
  • American Psychological Association, Division 26 (History of Psychology).
  • American Psychological Association, Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology).
  • American Counseling Association.
  • Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International.

Selected Publications

  • Valle, R. (Editor) (2014). The Changing Faces of Therapy: Innovative Perspectives on Clinical Issues and Assessment
  • Valle, R. S. (2001). The science of yoga and Western psychology (Parts I-III). Himalayan Path, 1(3), 25-30, 2(1), 28-36, 2(2), 32-40.
  • Valle, R. S. (Ed.) (1998). Phenomenological inquiry: Existential and transpersonal dimensions. New York: Plenum Press.
  • Valle, R. S. (1986). Transpersonal psychology: A response to Rollo May. The Humanistic Psychologist, 14(3), 210-213.
  • Valle, R. S., & Halling, S. (Eds.) (1989). Existential-phenomenological perspectives in psychology; Exploring the breadth of human experience. New York: Plenum Press.
  • Valle, R. S., & King, M. (Eds.) (1978). Existential-phenomenological alternatives for psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Valle, R. S., & Klimo, J. (Eds.) (2011). Cuttiing-edge approaches to psychotherapy. In press.
  • Valle, R. S., & Mohs, M. (1998). Transpersonal awareness in phenomenological inquiry: Philosophy, reflections, and recent research. In W. Braud & R. Anderson (Editors), Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. pp. 95-113.
  • Valle, R. S., & Mohs, M. (2006). Opening to dying and grieving: A sacred journey. Saint Paul, MN: Yes International Publishers.
  • Valle, R. S., & Mohs, M. (2005). Aging with awareness. In M. Schlitz, T. Amorok, and M. Micozzi (Editors), Consciousness and healing: An anthology of integral approaches to mind-body medicine. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. pp. 193-199.
  • Valle, R. S., & von Eckartsberg, R. (Eds.) (1981, 1989). Metaphors of consciousness. New York: Plenum Press.

Selected Lectures

  • Valle, R. S. (Invited presentation). Using meditation and breath awareness techniques in the practice of psychology. Presentation given at the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies of America Teacher Training Program, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, July, 2011.
  • Valle, R. S. (Invited speaker and group facilitator). On grief and grieving. Presentation given at the Contemplative Alliance Conference, Pacific Grove, California, October, 2010.
  • Valle, R. S. (Invited speaker). Living with grief: Before and after the death. Group facilitator at Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference, Contra Costa Health Services, Family, Maternal, and Child Health Programs, Martinez, California, March, 2007.
  • Valle, R. S. (Invited speaker). Stress-management: Eastern and Western perspectives. Presentation given at the Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services Clinic, San Francisco, California, September, 1996.
  • Valle, R. S. (Invited panel member). Current trends in transpersonal psychotherapy training. The Common Boundary Conference, Washington, D.C., November, 1987.

Selected Presentations

  • Valle, R. S. Near-death experience. Presentation given at the Kaser Permanente Volunteer Chaplains Retreat, Awakening Retreat Center, Brentwood, California, June, 2004.
  • Valle, R. S. Phenomenological inquiry; Existential and transpersonal dimensions. Paper presented at the Association for Transpersonal Psychology Convention, Monterey, California, August, 1996.
  • Valle, R. S. Conscious living/conscious dying. Presentation given at the Proposed Division of Transpersonal Psychology Hospitality Suite, American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August, 1990.
  • Valle, R. S. (Chair) From humanistic to transpersonal psychology: A natural evolution. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Los Angeles, California, August, 1985.
  • Valle, R. S. The therapeutic value of esoteric teachings. Presentation given at the Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group Hospitality Suite, American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Ontario, August, 1984.

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