Dr. Paula Bruce

A very experienced and well-respected clinical and forensic psychologist

About Dr. Paula Bruce

Dr. Bruce graduated with an honors Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc. Hons.) in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London, in London, England.  Prior to that, she studied at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.  Dr. Bruce earned both her Master of Arts degree (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the well-respected California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California’s largest and oldest graduate program for psychologists.

In addition to the above, Dr. Bruce sought additional postgraduate training and has received a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Wright Institute, Los Angeles and a Certificate in Child Abuse and Trauma from the Family Stress Center, Child and Family Guidance Center, both highly respected postgraduate training facilities.

Dr. Bruce’s additional experiences have contributed to her developing expertise in a number of different areas.  Apart from her psychotherapy practice, which includes individual, couple and family psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults, Dr. Bruce has also developed expertise in psychological testing and provides thorough evaluations and comprehensive, well-written reports for both forensic and educational purposes.

Dr. Bruce has conducted forensic evaluations in numerous civil litigation matters and has served as an expert witness in personal injury cases specific to psychological trauma, sexual abuse/assault, foster care abuse and childhood abuse matters.  Dr. Bruce has also conducted forensic evaluations in child custody cases and pre-adoption matters.

For several years, Dr. Bruce has provided psychoanalytically informed clinical supervision to Master’s and Doctoral level psychology interns and licensed psychologists for various community organizations including The Maple Counseling Center, Valley Community Center and  A Home Within.  She has also previously served as a Senior Clinical Supervisor and Post-doctoral Training Coordinator at the Family Stress Center, Child and Family Guidance Center.

Dr. Bruce has previously served as adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, and has taught classes in psychological testing and personality theory in the Master's degree program.

Dr. Bruce has also lectured on various topics at many organizations throughout Los Angeles.  She is available for media consultation and has appeared on both radio and television as an expert on various psychological issues.  She blogs on mental health issues under the name of The Pocket Psychologist.

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