About Dr. Bray


Hello, I’m Dr. Robert Bray. This website is for you and it is my hope that you will find the help, support and information you are seeking here.

I would like to share some information about myself to help you determine if the techniques and approaches I use to help others will serve you.

My joy in life is found in connections to others. Being able to connect quickly in deep emotional ways comes naturally to me and has allowed me to understand a range of human qualities and experiences including the impact of violence, disease, environment, and culture on an individual’s quality of life. I have been blessed with opportunities to study and practice as a helper and healer in mitigating these negative impacts. My work as therapist, trainer, teacher, writer, and speaker continues to bring me in contact with others and expand my knowledge and skills. I am confident the approach and techniques I share with you will improve your quality of life in many ways and take us all to greater health, love, and joy.

I was born in San Diego and spent my childhood in the Midwest before returning to San Diego as a junior in high school. Following college at San Diego State University, I spent a couple of seasons as a firefighter with the Cleveland National Forest Service and also worked as a seasonal lifeguard with the City of San Diego before returning to graduate school.

Over the years I have been an avid volunteer with many community service organizations, both locally and nationally. I volunteer with The American Red Cross, San Diego Chapter. I am Deputy Team Leader with CA-2 DMAT with the National Disaster Medical System, and have been deployed to disaster sites such as Hurricane Katrina to assist relief efforts and provide counseling for those in need, in times of crisis.

I currently have a successful psychotherapy practice in San Diego and offer periodic workshops based on my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW-Complete Recovery with Thought Field Therapy, No Open Wounds. I am also a lead trainer for Callahan Techniques Thought Field Therapy. My wife Diane and I have been together for over 35 years. I enjoy time with friends, traveling, and life in San Diego.

To contact me, please call my office at 619-283-1116, or 1-888-983-8273, or e-mail me at rlbray@rlbray.com. You may also click on the Contact Form to send a confidential message directly to me.

Formal Education

Ph.D. in Psychology with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, United States International University, San Diego. June 1993

Masters of Social Work, Aging Concentration, School of Social Work, San Diego State University. May 1979

A.B. in Social Welfare, San Diego State University. May 1975

Professional Licenses and Memberships

  • California Licensed Clinical Social Worker License number 10054. April 1983.
  • Certified Trauma Specialist by Association of Traumatic Stress Specialist.  Certification number 0292-1022, February 1992
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level II completed 1994
  • Thought Field Therapy- Causal Diagnosis Training Oct. 1996 Registered Certified Trainer Oct. 2008
  • Callahan Techniques Optimal Health Training, Nov. 2008
  • One-eye Integration Trauma Therapy, Levels I & II Oct. 2008
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Trained Instructor CISM 1998
  • Member, National Association of Social Worker
  • Associate Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Member, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Community Service

Member Board of Directors of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialist Feb. 1996 -2006. Vice President 1999-2000 President 2000-2004

San Diego County Critical Incident Stress Management Team Team member- 1998- current Member Board of Directors 2001- 2007

American Red Cross- San Diego and Imperial County Chapter Disaster Mental Health Specialist 1996

Past service

San Diego Victim Assistance Coordinating Counsel Member, Board of Directors

San Diego State University Extended Studies Certificate Program in Trauma and Trauma Recovery Services. Member Advisory Board and instructor Trauma Intervention Program (Tip)

Active volunteer responding to requests by police and fire units March 1995 – March 1997.

Founding member of Mental Health Disaster Service Coalition 1998 and participant through 2004.

Professional Experience

Family Therapy Private Practice. Emphasis of practice has been adolescents and their families, family of origin, sexual abuse, substance abuse, traumatic Stress Recovery using Thought Field Therapy.  January 1986- Present

School of Social Work, San Diego State University. Adjunct Associate professor  September 1996 – May 2009

National Medical Disaster System, US Department of Health and Human Service CA-3 Mental Health Response Team, April 2003- Present

Deployed to hurricane Katrina- 2005 and hurricane Ivan 2004

June 1992 – October 1996
Group Facilitator for Navy Family Advocacy Program. Co-facilitating weekly spousal abuse group for men.

February 1987 – April 1988
Group Facilitator for Parents United El Cajon Chapter. Co-therapist for 20 weeks of Women’s Partners group, and 20 weeks of Perpetrator Men’s group.

July 1984 – December 1986
Social Worker with Southwood Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center/Hillcrest.

October 1980 – March 1982
Director of Project Oz-San Diego, a family crisis resolution program for adolescents.

Research and Publications

Bray, R. L. 2008 No Open Wounds – Heal Traumatic Stress NOW, Complete Recovery with Thought Field Therapy, Robertson Publishing, Los Gatos, CA

Bray, R. L. 2007 “What’s this Tapping Stuff? Thought Field Therapy and Energy Psychology in the Big Picture” in Selected Abstracts From the 9th World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping.  International Journal of Emergency Mental Health Volume 9 No. 1 P.67

Bray, R. L. 2006. “Thought Field Therapy: Working Through Traumatic Stress Without the Overwhelming Responses” in Trauma Treatment Techniques Innovative Trends Edited by Garrick, J. and Williams, MB, Haworth Press, NY

Bray, R. L. 1994. Review of Clinical Approaches to Sex Offenders and Their Victims. Edited by Clive R. Hollin and Kevin Howells. Journal of Traumatic Stress. Volume 7, Number 3, 499.

Bray, R.L. 1993. “The Concepts of Justice in the Family as Reflected in the Relational Ethics Scale, The Family of Origin Scale, and the Just World Scale.” Ph.D. dissertation, United States International University, San Diego CA

Bray, R.L., and Yockim, J.C. 1979 “The Effects of Federal Grants Upon Organizational Decision Making”. Master’s Research Essay, School of Social Work, San Diego State University.