Hi. Thank you for taking the time to meet me. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2012. My clinical experience was in residential treatment of women with co-occurring diagnoses, including Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health. I have an additional 5+ years of working as a Peer Support Counselor, assisting parents in the navigation of the mental health system for their children.
I am a helper and teacher by nature, am curious about people, and have the ability to listen and make connections to things that don't seem to be related.
My theoretical orientation is Existential, which teaches us that many of our problems are formed in relationship and, thus, can only be healed through relationship. However, I don't take a "blank slate" approach to therapy. I think an appropriate show of emotion can help normalize feelings. I also draw from the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approach of therapy, using my experience and the experiences of past clients to help you work towards the life YOU define as worth living. It is my strongly held opinion that if people were taught how to regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, and practice mindfulness, many of the issues we see today would be less severe.
If you decide to work with me, it is important for you to know that I am a bit of a geek and a dog mom. You might hear quotes from movies or songs. I might reference an excerpt from a book. All of this is to add context to the topic at hand.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Co-morbidity, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress
Clinical approaches: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OR LPC C2837
Bonnie has done an excellent job of listening to me and helping me see other perspectives than my own while also validating how I am feeling and never minimizing anything I have to say
Written on Jun 25, 2023 after therapy with Bonnie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Super easy to talk to and just a down to earth person
Written on May 01, 2023 after therapy with Bonnie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem
She helped me through a long drawn out issue. Very kind, gentle but will also point out flaws in my logic or blind spots. I recommend her.
Written on Apr 10, 2023 after therapy with Bonnie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
Nice and helpful. Open, honest.
Written on Dec 27, 2022 after therapy with Bonnie for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety
She follows up in a timely manner and is very capable.
Written on Dec 22, 2022 after therapy with Bonnie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and compassion fatigue
Bonnie is so helpful, understanding, and compassionate. I feel like she really gets what I am saying (even when I am skipping around between topics and not finishing sentences.) She has helped me to understand myself and see myself in a new light, giving me hope in the process. She is also funny and relatable, and talking to her feels like a comfortable conversation, even when we discuss difficult things. I appreciate you endlessly, Bonnie! Thank you for the work you do!
Written on Dec 21, 2022 after therapy with Bonnie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd