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Bonita Hutchinson, LCMHC, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Bipolar disorder Depression ADHD
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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 / International Certification in Alcohol and Addiction Counseling / New Jersey Professional Mental Health Counselor Licensure and my License in California for Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling .

Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio is where I earned my Masters Degree in Agency and Community Counseling in 1998. 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 how to improve Sleep Habits.

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 applied recently to the California Board for Behavioral Health Licensure and Continue to hold International and National credentials to support you where ever you find yourself.

In September of 2022, after over two years of temp licensure in New Jersey the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy issued my Permanent NJ license as a Professional Mental Health Counselor.

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 Mental Health Professional Counselor in New Jersey (#37PC00850200) has allowed me to help people struggling with abuse, problems and explore the questions you have about relationships, eating disorders or emotions.

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 or sobriety.

I might be able help and I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

12yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Bipolar disorder Depression ADHD

Additional areas of focus: 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, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Impulsivity, Men's issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Women's issues

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

Services offered

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License information


NJ LPC 37PC00850200


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Bonita Hutchinson. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Taking this one step at a time and Bonita is helping me get there

Written on Feb 02, 2024 after therapy with Bonita for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I have found Bonita to be an excellent therapist. She is genuinely insightful, knowledgeable, skilled, and a compassionate professional. As a Behavioral Health Clinician myself, I know what I want to gain from my experience here and Bonita picked up on my learning styles and preferences almost immediately. I am very pleased with this therapist and would not hesitate to recommend her to others.

Written on Nov 30, 2023 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I’ve had 2 sessions with Bonita and I love her!! I started therapy with a huge weight on my back but she’s really provided the perfect balance between nurturing my thoughts and giving me tough love to solve certain things.

She’s funny and personal and doesn’t approach my thoughts or problems by being clinical. She feels like a close friend without a biased opinion. She’s truly fantastic.

I can’t recommend her enough. 10/10 would absolutely recommend

Written on Oct 18, 2023 after therapy with Bonita for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, 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 on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with Bonita for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and adhd

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

Written 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

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