Dr. Debra Bunce is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior clinician at BCSC Maine. She works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families and specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood, and simple and complex trauma. Dr. Bunce provides evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC). She also has been formally trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Dr. Bunce received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Hamilton College in Clinton NY. After two years of working in a residential program serving youth with complex behavioral and emotional challenges, she went on to complete a PhD in an APA-Accredited Child Clinical Psychology program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Dr. Bunce completed her pre-doctoral internship at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY, in their Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. They then hired her into a Clinical Coordinator Position. While there, she developed an anxiety disorders treatment program using CBT to treat youth with high levels of anxiety, school refusal, obsessive or compulsive behaviors, and/or phobias. This program included an intensive training component for psychology pre-doctoral interns and psychiatry residents.
Prior to joining BCSC, Dr. Bunce worked at Spurwink Services as the Director of Clinical Practices for their children’s residential and educational treatment programs. Dr. Bunce oversaw the development and implementation of Spurwink’s treatment approach which primarily included the following evidence-based models: Children and Residential Experiences (CARE), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), and Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support (SCERTS). CARE is a principle-based program model designed to be implemented by all staff working at an agency. ARC is a clinical treatment model for use with youth who have experienced complex trauma and their families. SCERTS is a clinical and educational model for youth who have complex developmental challenges including Autism and/or severe language or cognitive challenges. Dr. Bunce was a lead trainer at Spurwink for CARE, ARC, and SCERTS and she provided regular supervision and consultation for the residential and day treatment program leaders and clinicians. She guided people in how to use the models within their programs and within individual and family therapy.
Prior to her role as the Director of Clinical Practices, Dr. Bunce worked in Spurwink’s outpatient program providing psychological and educational assessments for youth, parental capacity evaluations for adults, individual and family therapy, and post-doctoral supervision. She was trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation System (ADOS) as part of her role in the Autism Diagnostic Team. She facilitated CBT trainings and monthly supervision for clinicians in multiple roles across the agency.
Dr. Bunce has been a part time employee at Cornell University with the Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) since 2017. She provides consultation and technical assistance with agencies implementing the CARE model.
Dr. Bunce enjoys working directly with youth, young adults, and families. She works in partnership with her clients to address barriers towards their goals, helping them find increased success and improved self-efficacy.