Dr. Raven Bruce, A Feral Wind Counseling, Licensed Clinical Psychologist"Firelight" Photo by Tony Stromberg


I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.

I was born where there were no enclosures and where everything drew a free breath.

Ten Bears
Yamparika Comanche Chief

"Spirit" Photo by Tony Stromberg

A Feral Wind Counseling
Dr. Raven Niko Bruce

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

About Dr. Bruce

Raven Niko Bruce was born on the lower east side of Manhattan into a world with no end of curiosities. She attended parochial school in the city where she played forts and fed PPJ sandwiches to the neighborhood strays.

Niko completed her Doctoral work in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, CA (1996) with an emphasis on coping styles and resilience studies. She began to look deeply at the ways in which people rose above their suffering to create meaningful, passion-filled lives.

Her clinical work focused on therapy with people in crisis: people facing cancer and AIDS diagnoses, inner city kids at -risk, homeless women and people in the early stages of trauma recovery. Her dissertation examined the efficacy of therapeutic interventions with people in crisis. As part of her dissertation, Niko authored an interactive coping skills workbook for women newly diagnosed with HIV and Cancer.

In 1996, Niko moved to Vermont with her dog and worked towards Vermont Licensure. She started a psychotherapy practice in the evenings while working for the next five years as a Psychologist and Case Manager at a residential psychiatric facility.

After her son was born in 2000, she left her day job and began work full -time in her psychotherapy practice.

Niko's therapeutic interest is to incorporate the tenets of mindfulness practice into psychotherapy. Her practical, down-to-earth approach emphasizes inherent human resilience and the acquisition of practical coping tools to better manage life difficulties. Her specialties include work with:

  • trauma
  • depression /emptyness
  • anxiety
  • grief and loss
  • relationship suffering
  • identity issues
  • the search for meaning and passion

Niko's client base includes both men and women, individuals, couples, families and young adults.

Niko is licensed in the State of Vermont as a Doctorate Level Clinical Psychologist License #694.

She currently offers both in-person, telephone and Skype psychotherapy sessions.

Her psychotherapy fee is $150 for a 50 minute session.

Niko's interests include: her Zen Buddhist practice, poetry, adventure travel, studying spanish, the intersection of science and spirit, and bush-wacking on her horse, Lola. She lives in the woods of Middlesex, Vermont with her son and their beloved rescue pit, Angelo.

Change your mind. Change your life.

Raven Niko Bruce, Psy.D.
A Feral Wind Counseling, Inc.
An independent psychotherapy practice
Middlesex, Vermont. Tel: 802-793-9316


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