About Dr. Bruce Eimer

bruce-eimerDr. Eimer has been a practicing clinician for nearly 30 years. He has worked in outpatient and inpatient settings, as a clinician and clinical supervisor. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and he is a Board Certified Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology and CBT.

Dr. Eimer is a Fellow with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a life member of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is a Certified Master Hypnotherapy Instructor with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA). He also earned his Diplomate in Pain Management with the American Academy of Pain Management. He has been practicing as a licensed clinical psychologist since 1986.

Dr. Eimer has authored or edited nine books, published over 20 scientific articles or manuscripts, authored eight book chapters, and delivered more than 40 professional presentations or workshops. He has written extensively about the fundamentals and varied applications of Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapies.

He has also written extensively about how hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and suggestion-based techniques can be used for pain management, smoking cessation, and weight control. He also has developed three computerized reporting and scoring tests in the area of pain management.

Dr. Eimer is also a forensic psychologist and has served as an expert witness in numerous civil and criminal litigation proceedings. His forensic specialties include:

  • Evaluation & treatment of people with chronic pain syndromes and PTSD,
  • Opiate treatment of people with chronic pain and opiate abuse,
  • Ethical issues in the clinical and forensic applications of hypnosis,
  • Psychological evaluation of police and security officers,
  • Mental health evaluations of applicants for gun permits,
  • The issue of mental health and firearms,
  • Armed and unarmed personal defense training of law abiding citizens,
  • Mitigating factors in capital punishment cases.

His 2012 article on the “Inadvertent adverse consequences of clinical and forensic hypnosis: Minimizing the risks” published in the July 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis is a “must read” for graduate students learning about clinical hypnosis, as well as for all professional hypnotherapists, and his book, Armed: The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry (2012) is a “must read” for anyone contemplating applying for a license to carry a firearm.

In 2010, Dr. Eimer earned the William Kroger Award for Best Paper on Hypnosis, Health, and Behavioral Medicine, bestowed by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

In addition to making important contributions to the fields of psychotherapy and hypnosis, Dr. Eimer has also served the broader psychological community through workshops, book reviews, and service on committees.

For example, Dr. Eimer was a long-standing member of the certification-credentialing examination committee of the American Academy of Pain Management. He also served on the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Ethics Committee; served two years as a member of thePennsylvania Psychological Association’s Convention Committee; chaired an Insurance Advisory Committee for the Pennslyvania Society of Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback; served on an insurance provider’s policy management subcommittee of PA Highmark Blue Shield, and served as a Medical Expert in Psychology and Mental Health with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Determination .

In sum, Dr. Bruce Eimer has made many valuable and distinctive contributions to the field of professional psychology, especially within the sub-fields of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychological hypnosis.

Currently, Dr. Eimer maintains an independent psychology practice specializing in hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and strategic psychotherapy, psychological evaluation of police and security officers, mental health evaluations of applicants for gun permits, armed and unarmed personal defense training of law abiding citizens, and forensic psychology. He is also the Director of Behavioral Health at the Comprehensive Pain Center at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA.

Dr. Bruce Eimer’s curriculum vitae