ABOUT DR. BESS
Bruce H. Bess, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist (California License #PSY5101) in private practice in San Mateo, California, who provides psychotherapy to adults, children and adolescents and provides specialized, divorce-related services, such as consultation, mediation, child custody evaluations, co-parenting counseling, and parenting coordination, for parents and children.
After obtaining his B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1966, Dr. Bess obtained an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1970, and his Ph.D. in the Clinical Practice of Psychotherapy and Assessment from The California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles in 1974. After completing internships at Camarillo State Hospital, The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Dr. Bess obtained his license in 1977.
Dr. Bess has been in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area for over thirty years and has developed expertise in a variety of areas:
Divorce and Family Court Matters
Dr. Bess has over twenty-five years of experience working with adults going through a termination of their relationship and with children who must cope with such transitions in their family life. He has functioned in several roles, including custody evaluator, mediator, special master, co-parent counselor, therapist, and consultant.
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Court Delinquency Matters
Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, Dr. Bess worked for two years with street gangs on the south side of Chicago and worked for five years as a Youth Services Officer with the Montclair, California police department. Since becoming a clinical psychologist, Dr. Bess has conducted over 500 Court-Ordered Psychological Evaluations of Youth to assist the Juvenile Courts of San Mateo or Santa Clara County in developing appropriate intervention and treatment plans for juvenile court wards. For the past ten years he has been providing clinical training and supervision for psychology students from a number of bay area graduate schools who, as a part of their internship or practicum placement, are conducting court ordered mental health evaluations of youth detained at the Youth Services Center in San Mateo (The San Mateo County Juvenile Detention facility).
Child Abuse and Juvenile Court Dependency Matters
Dr. Bess has conducted over 200 psychological evaluations ordered by Juvenile Dependency Courts to assess allegations of physical or sexual child abuse or neglect and to recommend either family reunification services or termination of parental rights. For three years Dr. Bess was also the Director and Clinical Supervisor of an outpatient clinic (Guadalupe Health Center, Mental Health Clinic) in Daly City that provided therapeutic reunification services for children and parents referred by the San Mateo County Juvenile Court.
Special Education/Mental Health needs assessments
Dr. Bess has had over twenty years experience conducting specialized assessments regarding the mental health treatment needs of children in Special Education programs to provide input to their Individual Education Plans (pursuant to section 26.5 of the government code).
Psychotherapy for Adults, Adolescents, Children and Families
Dr. Bess has over thirty years experience providing individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults, as well as couples counseling and co-parenting counseling. He has extensive experience providing therapy to children whose parents are terminating their relationship, adults adjusting to the terminations of their marriage or partnership, and with children, adolescents and adults who are coping with other challenges in their lives.
Specific areas of expertise include:
Developmental Crises: helping children and parents cope with divorce, social adjustment difficulties, educational problems, and other child developmental crises.
Transitional Life Crises: helping adults cope with relationship changes, career changes, and the challenges associated with other transitions in life.
With degrees from the University of Southern California in Religious Studies and the University of Chicago Divinity School in the History and Psychology of Religions and with specialized training in Jungian-oriented psychotherapy, Dr. Bess recognizes that for many people seeking therapeutic assistance a primary concern is their struggle to find a sense of meaning or purpose in their lives. Whether a person is religiously oriented or not, believer or non-believer, when such issues are a concern psychotherapy provides a confidential opportunity to explore them without pressure to adhere to any particular belief system or religious practice. Dr. Bess welcomes individuals to bring such issues into the therapy process and provides guidance to help them explore their concerns or needs in their own way.
For a copy of Dr. Bess's curriculum vitae, click here: CV