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   BRUCE SILVERMAN, M.A.


~ Counseling Psychology

 ~ Embodied Dream Work 

            ~ Director: Orpheus Healing Arts 


I have been a counselor in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for over thirty years. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups within the umbrella of Transpersonal Psychology, which involves guiding clients through and beyond the surface issues, into the unfolding of the whole self.


We humans want to be seen and held in our fullness, beyond the impact of ancestors, parents, and culture. We need to address traumatic events, illnesses, and heartbreaks, and rework them so that we can access the greater story of our lives. That “whole self” emerges from expressing the joy, the pain, the creativity and the connection to spirit that we all embody.

I have decades of experience working with:


  • Relationship and communication issues
  • Grieving, loss, and the pathways through them
  • Trauma, abuse, and ways to wholeness 
  • Depression, anxiety, and their root causes


My training in the transpersonal realm gives me the tools for exploring the unconscious with:


  • The use of the healing arts for vitality and growth
  • My method called Embodied Dream Work 
  • Archetypal perspectives of self-exploration and
  • Rites of passage work from various cultures


These elements become the threads comprising the broad tapestry of direction and purpose which lies at the core of therapeutic work.

 I have a specialty in men’s work and and gender issues, having founded the Sons of Orpheus in 1987, and later the Orpheus Healing Arts Community, serving both men, women, and the LGBTQ community.


The men’s group meets 

Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:00 P.M. 


I was a faculty member of Matthew Fox’s Naropa University (West) from 1991-2005, where I taught ritual drumming, rites of passage, dream work and group process. My group work was the subject of my interview with Charlie Rose on C.B.S Television and was featured in Newsweek Magazine. (June, 1991) 


I have therapy offices in both Berkeley and Pleasant Hill.

For questions and appointments contact me at: 

(925) 787-8112 

or

brucesilverman6@gmail.com


(For the time being, all sessions are on the phone, 

Zoom, or other online platforms.)


  In 2019 Bruce published a book of poems and essays, 

“So What Happened to God, Religion, 

Science, and Democracy?”

to learn more, click HERE