Bonita Hutchinson

(LPC, LCMHC-S, LCAS)
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About Me

Hello, my name is Bonita Hutchison. I am a Nationally Certified Trauma Therapist and hold dual licensure in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling in North Carolina and New Jersey.

Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio is where I earned my Masters Degree in Agency and Community Counseling in 1998 before I moved to North Carolina. Over the years, I have learned that many people who come in for depression or anger sometimes have drinking, eating or substance use issues they are also struggling with or have used to cover up their pain. Each year to better serve you and provide the help needed to live and feel better I have continued to master additional skills to support your needs and recovery. These methods and approaches to counseling include Mindfulness, Couples Counseling, Psychodynamic therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person Centered Counseling to name a few.

My career as a Professional Counselor started with caring for children and teaching them to make better choices. I learned how I could help Parents and their children address challenges and barriers to success in facilitation of groups, individual and family therapy. After attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earning Post Graduate Certification as a Drug Counselor in 2010, then my North Carolina License Professional Counselor (LCMHC #7953) credential and in 2020 due to the pandemic New Jersey Temporary Licensure (LPC # 010006) to provide mental health Counseling and Alcohol and Addiction treatment ( LADC # 014783). I have worked in the school system as a Mental Health Counselor. Then, began to help many more people in private practice than within the schools: Working with Adults, Parents, Adolescents, Teens, the Elderly, HIV, LGBTQ+ and Gen X populations to address mental health and/or substance use or abuse issues. I’m a good listener and educator that provides a warm and person centered approach to counseling that allows others to feel safe and supported in therapy.

I work with consumers from all over the world and hold the IC&RC International Certification (ICAADC) to provide therapy and coping skills to better manage life situations as a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. My work through mental health Counseling and as a Clinical Supervisor (LCMHC-S #S7953) in North Carolina is very rewarding and teaches me how to reduce your anxiety, manage depression symptoms, cope with ADHD, move past Guilt and Shame, process Grief and Relationship/Family issues. My Substance Abuse licensure in North Carolina (LCAS #2313) and California (LAADC #RA8620417) as well as New Jersey (NJDC Temp #014783) has allowed me to help people struggling with substance use or alcohol abuse problems and explore the questions these things bring up. Alcoholism, Mental Health and Drug Addiction do not discriminate and working in this field has allowed me to support and assist many people and families from a variety of cultural and spiritual backgrounds, races and relationship situations that were keeping them from reducing mental health symptoms, maintaining recovery and sobriety.

I think I can help and I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCMHC #7953 (Expires: 2022-06-30)


Reviews

Written by S.L. on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and adhd

she is the best therapist i’ve had to date and is so helpful and understanding. she validates my feelings and helps me understand and work through them. she is so amazing

Written by M.A. on Aug 25, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Ms. Hutchinson has been very honest, non judgmental and supportive. She is highly intelligent and forces me to be reflective and grow.

Written by T.O. on Aug 09, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Bonita is a lovely and honest person who gives you her full self with every conversation and session. She is kind and offers unique insights. I appreciate her very much!

Written by J.A. on Jun 24, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I really struggled during the pandemic. I felt completely lost and unable to get through the day. I decided to get some help to find ways to cope and find a way back to myself. Thanks to Bonita she was wonderful understanding and heard me out. I really enjoyed my time with her and recommend her to anyone and everyone who also feels the way I did. It’s hard to come back a good therapist like her

Written by G.W. on Jun 24, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder

I have only just started with Bonita but she is thoroughly engaged and very intelligent. Highly recommend seeing if she is a good fit for you too

Written by S.I. on Apr 21, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem

She really knows what to say to make me feel at ease. Its pretty hard to find someone who actually cares and truly understands you

Written by H.E. on Mar 28, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, and adhd

Ms. Hutchinson is great. Very easy to talk to. Gives great advice.

Written by B.E. on Mar 02, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Truly believe that recognizing we need help is the first step. Then when you find help like Bonita's you know you made the right move.

Written by K.A. on Feb 26, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Since starting sessions with Bonita, I’ve learned techniques to help me manage stress, become more grounded and ease anxiety. Bonita is easy to talk to, relatable and gives guidance without telling you what to do. She has been extremely helpful to me in my journey.

Written by D.A. on Dec 21, 2020 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching

Bonita is the best counselor that I have had. She listens really well and give me great feedback. She has also given me great tools for me to live my life with less anxieties. With her by my side, I know that I am on my way to a better future. Thank you so much Bonita! You are awesome!

Written by S.E. on Nov 18, 2020 after therapy with Bonita for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Bonita is a great listener and very professional. I feel st ease sharing my life and issues with her. Shes always on time and checks up on me throughtout the week!

Written by S.H. on Oct 28, 2020 after therapy with Bonita for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and adhd

Such a beautiful person, caring and understanding. After my first session with her I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Talking to her is like talking to a very close relative or someone you have known your entire life. She got me to laugh and smile on a day I felt like ending it all. One of gods angels doing work here in the living is how I would describe her. God bless her heart and mind

Written by M.N. on Sep 01, 2020 after therapy with Bonita for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Bonita has been a supportive counselor thus far. I am grateful!

Written by J.O. on Aug 10, 2018 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

Excellent counselor. One of the very best. Highly recommended.

Written by R.O. on Aug 03, 2018 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Bonita is a very well-balanced therapist with a sense of humor and very strong skills that make her the best.

Written by A.M. on Jun 05, 2018 after therapy with Bonita for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Very kind and very direct. Helpful.

Written by M.A. on Jun 01, 2018 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, grief, self esteem, and career

I think she is the best counsellor I ever had. She is extremely nice, understanding and helpful in solving my doubts.

Written by R.O. on May 31, 2018 after therapy with Bonita for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger

Bonita is kind, patient, empathic, and very attentive as a counsellor. She has a great sense of humour and a positive outlook on life. She works very hard and is an inspiration. I feel privileged to have her as my counsellor.

Written by M.A. on Apr 16, 2018 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting, and self esteem

I love Ms. Hutchinson. She is comfortable with my requests and she helped me understand what was wrong with me. She goes deep into your subconscious you never thought you would go before. She helps you break out of your shell.

Written by J.E. on Jan 02, 2018 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and career

Bonita Hutchinson is very responsive to my concerns. She sees right to the central issues, and supplements her counseling with questionnaires and advice that cut through confusion, and get right to positively handling my feelings.