Patricia Bruce, MSW, DBH


Patricia Bruce, MSW, DBH

Integrative Behavioral Health Clinician at Gardner’s Lucile Packard Stanford at Atterton Palo Alto Clinic and St. James Downtown San Jose CA Clinic

Dr. Patricia R. Bruce, graduate from Park University Sergeant Academy at Fort Bliss Texas, as Social Psychologist.  She received her Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and her doctorate in Integrative Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.

She is currently working as an Integrative Behavioral Health Clinician at Gardner’s Lucile Packard Stanford at Atterton Palo Alto Clinic, and at St. James downtown San Jose CA, Clinic as well. 

Dr. Bruce has Fifteen years of experience on clinical services with ample experience in mental health, substance abuse, and medical social work in fast-paced outpatient and inpatient facilities. With the past eight years focusing on integrative behavioral health diagnosis and short term treatment. 

Her clinical expertise includes domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse,  and management of  behavioral health conditions developed due to chronic medical conditions. 

As a medical social worker at emergency department, and intensive care unit in Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland CA, she was in charge of quick mental health assessments to integrate behavioral health techniques for rapid recuperation to patients and their family members. 

Dr. Bruce has been working together to create programs at Alameda County Family Justice Center for Latino women victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, sexual traffic, and  violent crimes. She developed a program for psycho-education, including economic freedom, helping the underserved immigrant population to acculturate and assimilate newcomers to life in the United States. 

Dr. Bruce worked as a program coordinator of Battered Immigrant Women, led the Community Response Team  against Domestic Violence (CCRT) in Nogales AZ. 

Previous experience as Mental Health Court Liaison, Observation and Classification of Inmates at maximum security prison (Puente Grande Jalisco Mexico). Psychiatric Social Worker, HIV Marguerite Casey program, Catastrophe Crisis Counselor Katrina relief effort (FEMA 2005). Substance Abuse Clinician at Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services Inc. 


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The “four questions” of the refocused psychotherapist [in the Biodyne Model] and the concept of the “onion/garlic” psychodynamic enabled me to not only conceptualize a case and plan treatment more rapidly, but to rise to a new level of professional confidence in meeting the behavioral care needs of my patients.

Dr. Gayle Cordes, DBH July 12, 2016

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