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  03/29/2011      12:00 pm

Coach Betty: with Dr. Brenda Wade, Love-Centered Transformations

Guest Profile

Brenda Wade

Brenda Wade

Dr. Brenda Wade, a clinical psychologist in San Francisco, California, specializes in couples and family therapy, with a private practice that reaches internationally. A protg of the world-renowned author and therapist Dr. Virginia Satir, her approach is both humanistic and practical.

A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Wade completed her Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. Dr. Wade is former Adjunct Professor of John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco State University, and Antioch University West.

MEDIA Electronic & Print


Dr. Wade is both producer and host of the PBS television pledge special Power Choices currently airing nationally.

Dr. Wade hosted the nationally-syndicated television program Can This Marriage Be Saved?. The program was based on the column of the same name which has run in the Ladies Home Journal magazine for over 40 years. The San Francisco Chronicle described Dr. Wades demeanor on the program as ...always knowledgeable, selectively tough or sympathetic. The Boston Globe stated Dr. Wades manner on the show mixed with ...the magic of television, encouraged people to respond..., and that the show had an odd integrity, not often viewed in a TV talk/relationship program.

Dr. Wade has appeared as a guest expert on such popular, national day-time talk programs as: Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jenny Jones. She appeared with Peter Jennings in the ABC News Special: Children First. Currently, Dr. Wade hosts CWs Black Renaissance and contributes medical reports to KRON-4 News.

Heartline Productions, Inc. was founded by Dr. Wade to produce quality media programs that focus on transforming lives.


Dr. Wades latest book Power Choices: 7 Milestones on Your Journey to Wholeness, Love, Joy and Peace demonstrates the power of bringing together psychology and spirituality to transform lives.

Dr. Wade co-authored with Brenda Richardson, What Mama Couldnt Tell Us About Love, which focuses on healing the wounds and celebrating the strengths of African American Women. Dr. Wades first book, also co-authored with Brenda Richardson, Love Lessons: A Guide to Transforming Relationships, leads couples in trouble through a step by step healing program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Dr. Wade is a regular contributor for Essence Magazine. In addition, she has contributed recently to such publications as Ebony Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Jet Magazine, Heart & Soul, and


Speaker / Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Wade, known for her dynamic and interactive style, offers keynote addresses and presentations on human development to corporate, professional and general audiences internationally. Her presentations have been hailed as legendary, and as a keynote speaker, Dr. Wade leaves audiences standing on their feet cheering, but above all inspired and transformed. A small sample follows:
California Convention of Marriage, Family, and Child Therapists
National Black MBA Convention
Bay Area Black United Funds Health Summit
National Telecommunications Employees
National Head Start Convention
San Francisco Mayors Conference on Women
National Black Journalists Association Conference
National Unity Conference of Journalists


Dr. Wade consulted in Child Development for MCA, and along with Linda Ellerbee and Pat Schroeder, Dr. Wade presented at the Disney Television Think-a-Thon answering the question Who is the American family?.

As a trainer and management consultant, she works with various organizations and businesses and leads retreats and seminars around the world.

Dr. Wade is past Chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and serves on the boards of various community organizations. She has received multiple awards for her work with persons living with HIV and AIDS and service to Families & Children.


Driven by her compassion and desire that all people receive the transformational tools they need to lead their most abundant lives, Dr. Wade has developed the Power Coaches Program to both train and provide coaching services internationally. Participants are trained in Dr. Wades unique style of coaching that immediately transforms peoples lives moving them to healthier and happier states of being. Graduates are then able to bring back these tools and share them with their communities.