Vanessa Bonaparte

(M.ED, NCC, LPC)

About Me

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out to me! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified National Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. My years of experience comes from a public health/public school setting. My approach to therapy is holistic and my theoretical orientation is primarily integrative, and may include cognitive-behavioral, cognitive processing, solution-focused, motivational, and person-centered.

I understand how difficult it can be to share information with a stranger, but my training, expertise and non-judgmental therapeutic environment is why I believe my clients are comfortable, and overcome difficulties.

I am here to help you to find your way. Feeling sad or disconnected, and feeling there is no way out? I am here to tell you there is always a way out. Have you ever felt unmotivated, unorganized, had difficulty concentrating or paying attention to detail? Let me help you get a change plan together.

Do you know why you are always angry? Have you ever questioned the source of your own anger? Let me help you figure out those triggers or hidden reasons. I am good at what I do, and I feel without a doubt that when individuals or couples work with me, they learn to have a deeper understanding about themselves, and thus began to thrive and become your old self again.

My goal is to improve relationships, reduce emotional suffering or to just help you to find your way. Why suffer when you don't have to. I believe no two people are alike, and an eclectic approach to counseling allows me to explore many options with you. It will feel like you are talking to a trusted friend with me.

There is no need to hide any longer. Let me help you with depression, anxiety, anger, grief, vocational counseling, and most of all building happiness in your life. I specialize in mood disorders so let's talk. Thank you for allowing me to share information about me.

Let's get started!
Vanessa




Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Career difficulties

I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #LPC007636 (Expires: 2020-09-30)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Oct 21, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and self esteem

I have been using Vanessa with Betterhelp for a few months now, and I have seen a dramatic improvement in myself. She not only has taught me tools to cope with my issues, but knowing she is apart of my support system has improved my quality of life.

Written by T.I. on Oct 14, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

She’s a great counselor, empathetic, non judge mental and responds to concerns in a timely manner.

Written by N.E. on Aug 25, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and grief

She is very helpful and knowledgeable.

Written by E.M. on Jul 31, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Vanessa is very easy to talk with! We've been working together for a few weeks now and she's offered great suggestions and easy to understand information that has really helped me think about things more clearly and calmly. It's been such a huge help to have a support to guide my mental health journey.

Written by A.L. on Jul 30, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and career

Vanessa is very sweet and understanding. She has helped me recognize and address many issues and I am very appreciative of her.

Written by R.Y. on Jul 23, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and bipolar

I started working with Vanessa in April 2018 to help me deal with my depression and anxiety. She's very kind, wise, and talking with her is almost like talking to a loved one. I strongly recommend working with her.

Written by L.I. on Jul 21, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem

Vanessa is very kind, empathetic, and has helped me quite a decent amount in only a short amount of time. She's quite funny, yet can be serious when need be, and she really cares.

Written by N.I. on Jun 15, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

Vanessa was really easy to talk to and she made me feel like we were just friends talking to each other. She was very kind and listened to everything I had to say. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is doubting themselves, in a bad place, or just needs some sort of guidance in their life. She was very sweet and non-judgmental.

Written by F.A. on Jun 11, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

I was partnered with Vanessa and I'm so glad I got to talk to her as often as I did. Each time, she would help me with whatever was going on in my life. She helped get me through a really dark spot and I have recommended friends to her. If you are looking for someone that is HONEST and will give you REAL CONSTRUCTIVE advice, then she is the therapist for you. She isn't going to sugarcoat which is what some of us need sometimes. I can't say thank you anymore than I can now.

Written by J.U. on May 27, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, sleeping, and career

Vanessa has been very helpful. I’ve been able to process a lot and pinpoint areas that needed clarification and direction. She’s helped me have a voice and communicate more effectively to get my point across. We’ve made a lot of progress.

Written by A.M. on May 24, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I'm very grateful to Vanessa for helping me so tremendously in such a short amount of time. She's very insightful, listens with respect and understanding, and has given me tools to help manage and improve my self-esteem, confidence, relationship troubles, and past trauma. I'm looking forward to working with her more in the future to continue to improve.

Written by K.R. on May 17, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and anger

Vanessa listens, and helps you see things in a new light. I was really uncomfortable seeking counseling at first, but Vanessa completely put me at ease and the sessions really have helped with my anxiety and frustration over the things in my life. I really am grateful for her insight and look forward to our sessions. She really takes the time to get to know you and help you with whatever your problems may be. Thank you so much Vanessa, you've really helped me see things differently and my life has become so much better!

Written by N.E. on May 07, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Vanessa is a wonderful counselor and has helped my husband and I tremendously. She’s great at listening and she gave us the tools we need to continue to build upon. I would highly recommend her as a counselor to anyone.

Written by L.E. on May 07, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Vanessa has a very good spirit and will genuinely help you out. She responds to messages in a timely manner and works with your schedule. As a college student, paying for counseling sessions is an investment, but is definitely worth your money. If you follow everything she does, your life will improve tremendously. Definitely worth it.

Written by S.T. on May 04, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, and career

Vanessa is a great counselor. She offers you helpful techniques and even worksheets that help better your issue. I like how she will listen to your issue and then tells you what you can do to improve. I would say pick her if you would like someone who mentors and coaches you through, as opposed to a traditional therapist that may just listen and diagnose your symptoms.

Written by C.L. on Apr 18, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career

I am so glad I found Vanessa Bonaparte! She has been a light for me these last few weeks. Her insight made me feel much better about my situation! Thanks BetterHelp for hiring Vanessa and making this platform available.

Written by L.E. on Apr 10, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Great.

Written by J.E. on Mar 26, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month

I was having a rough time with relationship issues and Vanessa Bonaparte helped me greatly control me getting so upset and emotional and has made me see the big picture my happiness. She is a great counselor and was available when needed! Definitely would use her again!!!

Written by M.A. on Mar 26, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, grief, self esteem, and career

Vanessa is by far the best counselor I have had in a long time. She offers very spot on constructive support to help guide you. I have gone to several therapist who just listen and never really offer any feedback. My guess out of fear of saying the wrong thing but Vanessa is extremely gifted in this career and knows what to say and how to say in order to be effective.

Written by T.A. on Mar 23, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career

Vanessa is professional, knowledgeable, and easy to open up with. I am very grateful I was matched with her.

Written by N.A. on Mar 23, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and grief

I highly recommend Vanessa. My counseling session was meaningful, kind, informative and above all helpful. Through talking, listening and resources she is helping me overcome battles that have long haunted me. Vanessa is very easy to open to as well as being very attentive. She accommodated my schedule and worked with me through computer issues. I look forward to her help and guidance in the future.

Written by B.R. on Mar 22, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Vanessa is very helpful in identifying the causes of my problems and giving me solutions. I also like that she is straight with me and I understand that I need to do the work to be a better me. I recommend her.

Written by R.I. on Mar 10, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Vanessa Bonaparte is a very caring and insightful individual. From day one she has given nothing but well thought out and understandable input. She does not like to force any kind of opinion but she will give you the tools to reach the answer yourself, all while listening patiently and wholeheartedly.

Written by S.A. on Mar 06, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Vanessa really helped me in a time when I was extremely overwhelmed and feeling trapped and helpless. Vanessa showed me I had it within myself to find peace she just gave me the tools to do so. Having a professional to discuss with is beneficial as she understands why I am struggling when others may not see it. Vanessa even checks in in between sessions and takes a personal interest in how I’m doing.

Written by C.A. on Mar 04, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, grief, and intimacy-related

Vanessa has been extremely helpful in suggesting ways for me to cope with my issues. She is timely in her chat responses, and especially insightful during live chat sessions. During telephone chats, she is as friendly and personable as she comes across via text. I consider her a friend as well as a counselor. I trust in the advice she provides; she helps me stay focused on the long term desired outcome when I may become bogged down in concerns that need no longer be mine. I believe she has been very instrumental in the emotional progress I have made so far in only a couple months’ time towards being the happiest person I can be, for my son and myself.

Written by B.E. on Feb 26, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 days on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and grief

She was very kind and thorough with explaining things. I would recommend her!

Written by A.L. on Feb 17, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Vanessa is a kind, understanding individual who is easy to talk to. She helped me realize therapy is good and necessary and that life is worth the effort of bettering yourself. She'd be great for someone who can communicate best through written word!

Written by E.L. on Feb 15, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

Vanessa is an excellent therapist. She put me at ease my very session. I could tell immediately that she genuinely cared and took time to listen to my concerns. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a competent counselor.

Written by V.I. on Feb 12, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

Vanessa truly cares about your concerns and is a really good listener. She let's you express yourself and asks questions to further dig into what you're thinking or feeling. She strives to get to know you and your lifestyle and how she can best help you.

Written by N.I. on Feb 09, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and career

Vanessa has been great, what seemed to be a slow start picked up great pace and has helped me get through things. She is understanding, patient and funny.

Written by D.A. on Feb 08, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and career

Vanessa has been encouraging, thoughtful, honest, and unbiased.

Written by N.O. on Jan 30, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and family

Vanessa is great to work with. We also love the online platform as my husband is always traveling for work and we would be unable to attend counseling otherwise.

Written by M.D. on Jan 21, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, and anger

Vanessa is a kind and understanding person that offers usueful and applicable advice.

Written by S.Y. on Jan 14, 2018 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and self esteem

Vanessa was such a great counselor. She was very attentive to my needs in counseling and she also stayed on top of me to make sure I got the most out of counseling. I would recommend her to anyone!

Written by K.A. on Oct 04, 2017 after counseling with Vanessa for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Vanessa is a wonderful and very professional counselor who cares a lot about what help you need help for. She is very understanding and does her research and studies to help you no matter what the situation. Vanessa has a kind and caring personality and she is wonderful at her job. If I ever come back to doing therapy online she will be my first choice. Thank you Vanessa!

Written by T.I. on Aug 16, 2017 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

I came to Vanessa deeply depressed, and after only a short while I feel better than I have in months. The best phrase to describe her is she is a firm grasp but with a soft touch. She will not butter cup you but she will make you feel at ease when talking with her. She will help you find the problem, find the solution, and gently guide you along the way. She takes time to learn who you truly are as a person and your family, and she will even give you insight on her personal story. She has been more of a friend with knowledge than a suit and tie with a degree. I hope anyone that reads this gives her a chance to enlighten their life just as she has done to mine.

Written by E.D. on Jun 06, 2017 after counseling with Vanessa for 5 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and depression

Very good councilor.....I would really recommend her to any one.....she really listens gives great advice and is a really big help.

Written by R.E on Dec 14, 2016 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

This whole app and being able to chat with Vanessa was an amazing experience for me. I'm a single mom, working and going to school and I don't really have much free time to be going into an office. But with this app, I was able to get out my frustrations and get counseling that was very beneficial. After talking with Vanessa for a couple months, I felt much better-prepared to tackle the rough spots in my life.

Written by M.O on Nov 11, 2016 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Nice and warm person :-)

Written by K.I on Sep 09, 2016 after counseling with Vanessa for 4 days on issues concerning relationship, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Vanessa is very encouraging and insightful.

Written by J.P on Jul 30, 2016 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning intimacy-related

The ongoing help I'm receiving is very honest and beneficial and I'm appreciating all that she is offering because I can tell she cares as much about the person as she does the result.

Written by R.O on Jul 12, 2016 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Looking for someone to talk to regarding relationship matters Vanessa was a great help. I found the support I needed and she gave sound advice. I'm happy with the counselling she gave and I was able to move forward more steadily. She was a great mediator. The help I got from her led me down a greener path. Thanks again!

Written by S.T on Jul 11, 2016 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and depression

Vanessa was absolutely fantastic. She was a great fit for me! All of our conversations were easy, she took me seriously as a person and was so easy to talk to.

At first I wasn't sure about BetterHelp, but I am so glad that I made the decision to reach out here because of Vanessa. Her approach and ideas are solid, and helped me make several breakthroughs in just a month. I have a better handle on things, and will be able to take the tools she gave me and move forward.

I feel happier, more relaxed, and empowered. Vanessa is a strong, compassionate, and creative counselor! I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much for all of your help, Vanessa!

Written by C.O on Apr 28, 2016 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, self esteem, career, and depression

Vanessa has been nothing short of amazing! To start with I wasn't actually sure what I was getting myself into, and what to expect. But as we got to talking, emailing with her was more like emailing a friend, not a counsellor.
It was also reassuring and helpful that she too had experienced what I was going through and dealing with as well. So it's nice to have her there contacting me and checking up on me as well.

Written by B.R on Dec 20, 2015 after counseling with Vanessa for 2 months

Vanessa has truly been a life savor! She was very up front and honest about giving counseling with her time. As I remained teachable through my 4 months of counseling, she was able to help me understand more about myself. I have grown tremendously as a person and a professional with Vanessa's help. I could not have imagined a better match for me. Better Help did an amazing job finding the perfect counselor. Her kindness and compassion for people has been the perfect touch to help establish a trusting relationship. With such a hectic schedule professionally, online counseling has been just what I needed to take care of and invest in myself. I have been able to contact my counselor at times that have been convenient for me and I've always gotten responses within 24-48 hrs and sooner! I appreciate Vanessa in so many ways for helping pull me out of a dark place. I have been able to find myself in happiness again. I stayed with Vanessa even after things got better simply to ensure I had the tools necessary to take life on again and I am ready without a doubt. I have learned great coping techniques, ways to balance life, and ways to persevere through adversity. I will never quit again! Thank you better help! Thank Vanessa! Your time and efforts are sincerely appreciated!

Written by G.E on Sep 16, 2015 after counseling with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Vanessa has been great.

Written by K.E on Sep 07, 2015 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, and depression

To be honest I wasn't completely sure what to expect by counseling online. Vanessa has made my experience very pleasant. She challenges me, and she helps me to see what I can't see as well as helps me realize what I want. She is not afraid to take feedback nor give it when necessary and frankly I find her attitude to be very refreshing then the common counselors that I have gone to. I have never felt judged or characterized, but simply like talking to a trusted friend.