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About me...

Headshot of Bruce Hersey

My trajectory as a growing therapist was born in the fundamental humanism of Carl Rogers and progressed with the addition of the hypnotic language and approaches of Milton Erickson, noted for his applications of communication with the unconscious mind as a creative and solution-generating entity within the person. EMDR brought clarity about the value of dual attention and the structure of somatic, emotional, and cognitive elements within the afflictions of trauma, while Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy contributed life, shape, relationship, universality and sense to this. More recently, the emergence of Coherence Therapy from Memory Reconsolidation research has injected additional insight and precision into this expanding formula.

I am an Approved Consultant in EMDR (EMDRIA) and also a IFS Approved Clinical Consultant (IFS-I). Having completed IFS Levels One, Two & Three Training, and as a repeat Level One Program Assistant, I've passionately imparted my deep understanding of the model by teaching numerous introductory IFS workshops, leading IFS consultation groups, and providing individual IFS consultation. I've presented at the IFS International Conference several times, EMDRIA & AASECT, and have been teaching workshops on the integration of EMDR & IFS since 2013. Most recently I have presented in Australia, UK (virtual), Italy, Russia (virtual), & Kazakhstan (virtual).


Previously, I was an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) & Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor (AASECT). I've also published short animated educational introduction videos on IFS (Finding Your Parts) and EMDR (EMDR at a Glance) on YouTube.

As an LCSW in private practice in Altoona, PA for the past 30 years, I provided advanced consultation in IFS, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis and Sex Therapy. You can find several podcasts featuring me as a guest: The One Inside, Therapy Explained, & Developing Meaning.


These essential truths resonate deep within my spirit, and guide me on my path as a person, therapist, and professional:

"Act well without attachment to the fruits of your actions."

~ Bhagavad Gita

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

~ Albert Einstein

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

~ Anais Nin

"Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance."

~ Lao Tse Tsu

"The more efficient a force is, the more silent and the more subtle it is. Love is the subtlest force in the world."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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