Dr. Brian Bermack’s goal as a clinical psychologist is to help motivated adults to identify what they want out of life, figure out what’s getting in their way, and overcome those obstacles to achieve the lives they want. He places high value on autonomy, and seeks to help patients increase their own sense of agency – the feeling that they have the power to make their own decisions and the resources to act on those decisions.
Before studying psychology. Dr. Bermack earned a degree from MIT and worked as a software engineer for many years. He now works with a wide variety of patients of different ages, educational backgrounds, and different interests. However, his background gives him a perspective that can be particularly useful when working with patients who are highly intelligent, who work in or are oriented towards engineering, science, and technology, or who think of themselves as introverted, shy, or socially awkward. He is also comfortable working with people with nontraditional sexual or romantic interests or relationships, whether or not those preferences are among the issues to be addressed in therapy.
Other areas of clinical focus include: chronic pain/discomfort, including migraines, anxiety-related pain, medically-unexplained symptoms; self esteem issues; anxiety, including social anxiety; Asperger’s/mild autism (including those who don’t see it as a disorder or a problem); coping and adjustment skills for people with mild to moderate cognitive deficits and their families; insomnia, using CBTi; relationship issues, including polyamorous and LBGTQ+ relationships; cultivating health and wellness behaviors and habit control; and supporting those with ADHD and learning disorders.
Dr. Bermack earned his degree in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP, since renamed William James College). His clinical experience includes providing individual outpatient therapy at Boston Behavioral Medicine in Brookline, MA, and conducting adult, adolescent, and geriatric neuropsychological assessments at Boston Neuropsychological Services and New England Rehabilitation Hospital.