Bruce Barrett

(MA)
Therapist Bruce Barrett Photo

About Me

Throughout my counseling career, I have always been interested -- fascinated, in fact -- in finding meaning and value in the experiences of others, joyful and sorrowful, frightened or courageous, and in helping them to grow in their own lives. Although I am not rigid in my approach to therapy, I see myself as a Narrative Therapist (Dulwich Model), with a strong background in Gestalt Therapy for dream work and understanding polarities (contradictions) in our lives, Gendlin's Focusing for sifting through psychological uncertainty, and along with Focusing, a strong interest in mindfulness-based stress management as a support technique for personal growth..
I have worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts since 2012 (including my licensure training), and for many more years prior to that as an Associate Psychologist (Masters Level) in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. I also worked for several years as a Certified Alcoholism Counselor (CAC) in Massachusetts in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a strong 12-step orientation.
I have a particular interest in working with people living on the Autism Spectrum, both adults and younger folks. Like many who work in the field, I bring personal family experience to the work, and I take pride in my ability to find common ground with people living on or near the Spectrum.
I also work well with men with a criminal record, especially regarding working through feelings of shame and guilt, even when the roots are deep and severe.
More generally, I have an abiding interest in working with military family members, including those who have long since left the life of being a Military Dependent. As a former Army Brat and "Third Culture Kid," (TCK) I bring particular awareness and concern to the life-long issues of those whose developmental years were spent "inside the Fortress, " as Mary Edwards Wertsch describes it, including those TCKs who grew up in cultures and countries overseas.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 19

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #9090 (Expires: 2021-12-31)


Reviews

Written by G.R. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Bruce for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Bruce is amazing. He is super approachable and very helpful and always makes me feel better. I really appreciate how he makes it feel like I’m talking to a knowledgeable mentor rather than a conventional therapist.

Written by M.A. on Jul 25, 2021 after therapy with Bruce for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Bruce is great at understanding needs. He is very light hearted and easy to have conversation with but also is serious in helping you with your struggles.

Written by T.R. on May 19, 2021 after therapy with Bruce for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Bruce has been extremely helpful to me. He is a great listener and I appreciate his expertise and guidance.

Written by K.I. on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Bruce for 5 months

Bruce is a gem. He has an amazing gift to make you feel comfortable and listened to. He respectfully suggests different perspectives when discussing life and helps you stay curious about your thoughts and feelings.

Written by A.N. on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Bruce for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar dis

Bruce is just Wonderful.

Written by S.A. on Mar 06, 2021 after therapy with Bruce for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Bruce is great! Love taking to him. Very open minded.

Written by J.A. on Jan 05, 2021 after therapy with Bruce for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Bruce will make you think, and make you laugh, in kind - all while keeping your improved well being in mind.

Written by V.A. on Dec 24, 2020 after therapy with Bruce for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and career difficulties

Love Bruce so down to earth and very helpful!!

Written by L.K. on Dec 19, 2020 after therapy with Bruce for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

Although I have just started with Bruce a few weeks ago I feel lighter in my emotional load. As a clinician myself we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves and Bruce has a wonderful way of just being there in the present with you and exploring other mediums of coping and being supportive. Very active responder and great communicator.

Written by R.I. on Nov 18, 2020 after therapy with Bruce for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

He is very nice, extremely kind, patient and a knowledgeable person. I really like the fact that he knows about other religions like Hinduism a lot and his thoughts help me a lot to be a better person. Highly recommended from my side.

Written by R.E. on Nov 13, 2020 after therapy with Bruce for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Bruce invites a presence of understanding with humor. He does not take your feelings lightly, yet he challenges you in other ways to take the lighter side of things. He emphasizes and shares experiences that are presented applicable to your story. Through narrative therapy, wondering, reframing and as simple as reminding you to be present with your emotions, that it is ok - he gives the client space to access their own personal healing through his space.

Written by J.A. on Oct 27, 2020 after therapy with Bruce for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Very friendly and cares wholeheartedly.