Bruce’s interest in mental health started with exploration of altered states of consciousness in the 70’s while an undergraduate at the University of Illinois (Chicago). He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1974, but a weak job market post-Vietnam resulted in a 22-year hiatus from psychology. During this time Bruce worked in the transportation industry and went from a salesman to Vice-President in a privately held company. His last significant job in this industry was working for General Electric, which funded most of his graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University.
Bruce graduated in 1997, changed careers, and received his LCPC licensure in 1999. His master’s degree thesis can be found here. It reflects Bruce’s compassion about assisting the dying with the anxiety and fear they may be facing. He also uses EMDR to help alleviate traumatic symptoms http://www.emdria.org. Bruce retired as the CEO of Leyden Family Service and Mental Health Center in Franklin Park, and the SHARE Program in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in July of 2022 after working there for 26 years. He is now an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the CRSS Success Grant at the College of DuPage where he has worked for 20 years in the Human Services Department.