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The History of Option

“Option is from the Latin word for choice and the Greek word for servant. Both roots are quite appropriate for the name of the method whose goal is to serve by helping people to realize the role that personal choice plays in their emotional states.”
—Bruce Di Marsico, “A Brief Condendium of the Option Method”

Bruce Di Marsico
Bruce Di Marsico (1942-1995)

The creator of the Option Method, Bruce Di Marsico was originally a student for the Catholic priesthood. Recognizing that what he was searching for was not within the confines of the monastery, Bruce began to find his true calling while studying psychology and philosophy in the 1960s at Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Years later while at work as a psychotherapist, and human relations consultant, he came to develop the Option Method as a self-help tool to help people become happier in their everyday lives.

He introduced his method in New York City around 1970 at a para-professional school for group counseling and therapies called Group Relations Ongoing Workshops (GROW).

You can now hear Bruce discuss the Option Method questions and reveal how asking these questions help uncover judgments and beliefs that stand in the way of happiness. Find out more about the audio CD.

Since then the Option Method has been taught to teachers, psychologists, therapists, social workers, clergy and other Option Method Master Teachers as an additional tool in their professions.

Above all, Bruce created the Option Method to help people help themselves to find their deepest wisdom and happiness.

To learn more about Bruce and his teachings, contact Deborah Mendel.

Debbie, Bruce & John Salacan

“. . . our session was very healing/helpful for me. You have a wonderful smile. Your eyes really sparkle and beam love, and I sure enjoyed smiling with you.”
—Patricia L.

“I feel him with me as I continue to deepen may personal experience of the ineffable gift he came to know and share. Option and Happiness are what I live, breathe and be and I am so utterly grateful to him.”
—Guy Kuperman

Bruce & Debbie shortly before his death in 1995

Articles by Bruce . . .

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