Bruce Clarke

(he/him)
Registered Social Worker
RSW, Certified Gestalt Therapist, BA (Psychology), M.Ed. (Educational Psychology)
Availability:
Accepting New Clients
Session Format:
In-Person SessionsOnline TherapyPhone Sessions
Office Hours:
Thursday, Friday
Clientele:
Adults
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  • Abuse (physical and psychological; past or present)
  • Addiction
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Existential Concerns
  • Health and Illness
  • Kinks and Fetishes
  • LGBTQ
  • Life Crisis and Transitions
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Loss and Grief
  • Mourning and Bereavement
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sex and Intimacy Issues
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts
  • Trauma
  • Body-focused Therapy
  • Client-Centred
  • Eclectic
  • Existential
  • Humanistic
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Relational
  • Contact Information

    Email:
    bclarke350@gmail.com
    Address:
    120 Carlton St | Ste. 413 | Toronto | ON | M5A 4K2
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Sometimes life can present difficulties and you respond to the world by becoming an “army of one”.  These difficulties might draw you into depression or anxiety, or challenge your personal or work relationships. You might feel that life does not seem to have any meaning, or you cannot get past adverse experiences that occurred earlier in life.

    Reaching out for support—becoming more “spacious” in your response to challenges—can help you make sense of yourself, and provide healing, clarity, and a renewed sense of joy and agency.

    Psychotherapy provides a safe and confidential space for you to share your feelings and thoughts with a compassionate witness who will help you create a more self-accepting stance. True change is often about removing the barriers that hinder your ability to be more authentic.

    We may explore your history and what adjustments you have made to navigate the world safely, and explore whether they serve you in the here and now. Therapy may also help you illuminate and process trauma from the past. The feedback you receive in therapy facilitates deeper self-awareness, which helps you experiment with new ways of being and interacting in your environment.

    The most important and impactful aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship itself.

    Regardless of the theoretical perspective or techniques employed, the rapport and sense of trust and integrity between you and your therapist are fundamental to a meaningful, positive experience.

    I work from a relational perspective. This means I engage with you throughout the session as opposed to just listening and taking notes. I always start off by first seeking to understand what brings you to therapy, and what you see as your goals. We will then review your personal history so that I get a better sense of who you are.

    My approach does not employ any particular “formula”. In my experience the therapy process unfolds naturally as we explore aspects of where you are feeling stuck in life. It is like working on a painting together. Sometimes the work goes in a direction that was unexpected, but very useful. Therapy should be a creative process.

    That said, working with me often leads to exploring and processing past trauma, building awareness, and identifying and engaging with parts of yourself that appear to be in conflict or disowned. I invite trying safe experiments outside the session for discussion later, and sometimes use role play, mindfulness, or the playful use of metaphors. You can anticipate that I will check in periodically to ensure that the work is useful and engaging, and to identify any matters we’re failing to address.

    My primary concern is client safety.  This means that I want to ensure that you feel safe in the session, especially when doing work with trauma, and are comfortable with the process.  It also means that for some clients I will check in with them periodically as appropriate to ensure they are safe from any self-harm.

    I am a Registered Social Worker, and I completed the five-year training program in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. I have also completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in educational psychology.

    Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked for 26 years in the public health sector as a counselor, case manager, and program manager, primarily in the areas of sexual health and harm reduction.

    I think I have always known that I would become a psychotherapist.  I have been in therapy in the past for some of my own challenges, and most recently as part of the requirements to train as a psychotherapist.  I have found my own psychotherapy experience to be life changing.  I am always curious and fascinated by how we experience our inner lives and the impact that has on our outer world.  I feel so privileged to do this work.

    If you are interested in psychotherapy, please contact me by e-mail at bclarke350@gmail.com.  I will usually respond to you within one business day. 

    I offer an initial no-fee consultation to ensure that we can work together and that your concern is within my scope of practice.

    I offer virtual sessions and also see clients in person in my downtown Toronto office. All sessions are 50 minutes in length.

    If you would like more information or to schedule an initial consultation, please contact me at bclarke350@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.