Larchmont Associates
Ralph Bruneua, Ph.D.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. My work in this field began more than 20 years ago as a paraprofessional counselor. The profound nature of the work inspired me to go on to receive a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and then a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

I have been a faculty member at Antioch University and in the Family Training Program at the Southern California Counseling Center. I have provided training to clinicians regarding chemical dependency, psychopharmacology, and sexuality and intimacy. I am a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an AAMFT approved supervisor, and currently serve on the AAMFT-CA Board of Directors. I have provided clinical supervision in private and clinic settings for a number of years.

Additionally, I am an EMDR Certified therapist and a member of EMDRIA. I am a Certified Treatment Specialist for Diverse Populations (AATBS), Certified LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy Provider (AAMFT-CA) and Certified Substance Use Disorder Provider (AAMFT-CA).

Tom Anderson eloquently speaks, I believe, to a crucial value in the undertaking of the therapeutic process. He speaks of the capacity of a child to experience laughter through his body down to his toes. As the child begins to walk the feet become limited in this expression. The child later learns that some occasions are more appropriate than others for expression of laughter and even smiling becomes modulated. The child's capacity for laughter does not, however, diminish.

In therapy, this restraint might manifest as cultural, familial, or relational alienation, an unwanted and unhealthy relationship with substances or maladaptive patterns, or a partially expressive sexual expression, to name a few. In this regard, I see the psychotherapeutic process as one, which attempts the collaborative release of these restraining influences returning to the innate capacity for full range of self-expression. As Anderson asserts: "The unused smiles lie there sleeping, waiting for an outburst."

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