About Dr. Richard Miller

Dr. Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D., has been a practicing psychologist for the past 45+ years and is the Founder & CEO of Wilbur Hot Springs providing healing, prevention, and health maintenance.

Dr. Miller began the present Wilbur Hot Springs “Sanctuary for the Self” in 1972 combining the safety and security of the pristine Wilbur springs environment with a modern personal mind-body health philosophy emphasizing dignity and respect for all. He also revitalized the ancient healing method the Greeks called Balneology – the science of the therapeutic use of natural hot mineral waters.

Founder of Cokenders Alcohol & Drug Program

As the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program, Dr. Miller integrated his techniques of humanistic psychology and psycho-physical fitness training with social model rehabilitation. During the 1980’s, he helped detoxify over 1,500 persons at Wilbur Hot Springs. Not one of these people was medicated or hospitalized during their residential treatment. Dr. Miller believes the professionally designed Wilbur ambiance and pristine environment, combined with the therapeutic qualities of the mineral hot springs were significant adjunct to his success rate.

The program included group and individual psychotherapy, Yoga: called stretching, meditation: called mind clearing, aerobic exercise: called exercise, nutrition training: called fuel education, massage, acupuncture, brain chemistry, and, of course, balneology: called taking hot baths. Each patient attended a one week residential at Wilbur Hot Springs followed by 1 1/2 years of outpatient treatment with trained professional staff. Only when there was a relapse were additional one week residentials prescribed. Two year published follow-up studies indicated an 86% success rate.

Dr. Miller’s innovative approaches to healing have been the subject of national television news reports – including segments on the news programs of Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, David Brinkley and Phil Donahue; print media – Time, Newsweek, and US News & World Report; two film documentaries; and the book Gestalting Addiction. In order to share information with the general public, he co-authored a weekly news column in the San Francisco Chronicle, while co-hosting a weekly syndicated radio program.

Professional Experience

Dr. Miller has spent 50 years studying, teaching, researching, administering and practicing psychology, health education, psychotherapy and Executive Consulting.

His professional experience includes:

  • Fellow: United States Public Health
  • Faculty: University of Michigan and Stanford University
  • Founding Board of Directors: California School of Professional Psychology
  • Founding Board of Directors: Gestalt Institute of San Francisco
  • Founder and director: Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program
  • Consulting psychologist: Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic
  • Consultant: California Assembly
  • Consultant: United States Department of Justice
  • Advisor: President’s Commission on Mental Health
  • Advisor: California Governor’s Council on Wellness and Physical Fitness
  • Vice President, Parkside Medical Services Corporation
  • Board of Directors: Redwood Practical Shooters
  • 1st Vice President on the board of the Mendocino Art Center
  • National Board of Directors, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)

Dr. Miller has presented his work at meetings of the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Psychotherapists, the Association for Humanistic Psychology, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Council on Marijuana, the White House Conference for a Drug Free America and the US Office of Juvenile Justice Task Force on Drug Abuse.

The Dr. Miller’s Mind Body Health & Politics Radio Program

In addition to continuing his professional work in psychology, and performing his ongoing role as “Wilbur Caretaker,” Dr. Miller currently hosts a weekly radio program, Mind Body Health & Politics, on NPR affiliate KZYX & Z radio in Mendocino County where he’s on the board of Directors of the Mendocino Art Center.

Known for its wide ranging discussions on politics and health, the broadcast’s format includes guest interviews, prominent guest speakers, and listener call ins. His program offers a forum and soundboard for the listeners to interact with the host and his guests.

Dr. Miller is currently in private practice in Fort Bragg and Tiburon, California and is the CEO and “Caretaker” of Wilbur Hot Springs Health Sanctuary.

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