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Bruce Hall, MA, LMHC

I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology from Antioch University. I am a career Arts educator; and for the past several years have been a counselor/case manager serving older adults in community, psychiatric and medical facilities in Seattle. My focus is on the growing adult and the deepening developmental issues across the life span.

MY BACKGROUND

I was a gay child in a rural Montana territory; clearly, this was to be my first and most formative existential awakening. Everything that followed after, in my journey of uniqueness and isolation in a dicey world, would need to report home to the essential “Me” for qualification. That’s a tall order for a child; even as adults we often fly by the seat of our pants in life, guided by instinct and whatever emotional intelligence we have at hand. The primitive responses of fight/flight/freeze became default survival settings for me at a young age; it is a life’s work to relieve these old guards of duty.

I found an early mentor in my piano teacher, and I excelled through her direct but empathic guidance. In college I wrote and directed my first musical, and this set the stage for a career as composer, playwright, director and actor. I received my MFA in Theater from Yale University and got to do a show on Broadway.  At the same time, I was passionate to teach Music and Drama, so for twenty years I taught singing to Grades 6-12. Teaching was an invaluable lesson; I was returning to the scene of the crime, the targeted child in a hostile environment - but as an adult now, with the opportunity to create a corrective experience. It not only restored my faith in people and myself; I came to understand how we are essentially creative beings.

Creativity isn't confined to the Arts; it is an essential wisdom that each of us possesses. Voices of deep pain, damage, injustice - these come from the core of us. Why are they creative? Because they are speaking up and want to be witnessed. No one corners the market on anguish; our sorrows and struggles are uniquely our own. Depression, anxiety, internalized oppression, traumatic stress - these are a part of us that we have not been able to adequately address.

COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY

My work is based in mindful humanism; I believe we have the capacity to be self-aware. You already possess a wisdom about yourself that will be made known in our sessions, so I encourage you to be curious about yourself and what’s troubling you. I work with most issues, often relating to regressive behaviors, life transitions around age, job or relationship; and LGBTQ-related issues.

Therapy can be brief and specifically solution-focused, or it can provide a place for in-depth attention around deeper concerns. I use a variety of counseling approaches, depending on what best suits your needs. Counseling is a creative process; it allows us to give our problems full voice. To be witnessed by another in a safe and confidential space, to be who we are, where we are, is to begin a healing hope toward positive change.

For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.brucehalltherapy.com

Bruce Hall, MA, LMHC Curriculum Vitae