Bruce Chalmer, Ph.D.
- Couples Therapy
- Relationship Issues
- Blended Families
Education & Experience
- Ph.D. from UVM, 1982
- Practicing since 1995
For couples, Dr. Chalmer offers Couple Intensives (see his website for more information), which can be a great way to jumpstart the change you’re looking for.
Dr. Chalmer’s style is active, collaborative, and respectful. One of the main influences on his work, and a major focus of his training, is narrative therapy, but his work also draws on ideas from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.
Dr. Chalmer’s therapeutic style reflects his understanding that we heal primarily through relationship. While his work is informed by his expertise in research methods (on the way to his Ph.D. in psychology, he obtained a Master’s degree in statistics, and wrote a textbook on the subject, published in 1986), and he incorporates research-based techniques in his work, Dr. Chalmer recognizes that the power of therapy is in human connection. He is guided by theory, but sees you as a person, not a diagnosis.
Dr. Chalmer’s background and active participation in Jewish tradition is a central influence on his work. He has wide experience counseling people of many faiths for whom spirituality and religion are central.
Dr. Chalmer is the author of two recent books: Reigniting the Spark: Why Stable Relationships Lose Intimacy, and How to Get It Back and It’s Not About Communication! Why Everything You Know About Couples Therapy is Wrong. Dr. Chalmer is married to Judy Alexander, and together they co-host the podcast “Couples Therapy in Seven Words.”
His other notable interests include musical composition, performance, and choral directing. His work Berakhot: A Midrash Cantata was recorded by the Fyre and Lightning Consort and released on CD in 2005, and he is a member of Social Band, which has also performed his compositions and arrangements. His work Come Inside: A Midrash on Genesis 18:1 was first performed in 2006. Some of his Jewish liturgical music has been published by Transcontinental Music.
For more information, see Dr. Chalmer’s website, brucechalmer.com.