Vanessa Bonaparte


About Me


Thank you for taking an interest in yourself. 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.

While working in a public health arena, I was blessed to have worked with clients from all walks of life because illness and disease knows no barrier. These clients who were faced with sexually transmitted diseases/chronic illnesses such as HIV, Hepatitis, and Tuberculosis were seeking counseling to help them to cope and manage their emotions and understand their physical pain. I am certainly comfortable working with all populations. During my opportunity to work in a public school setting, I saw first hand how young people are challenged with mental illness even at such a young age.

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 particularly enjoy working with clients who are at the crossroads and are looking for career and vocational counseling, however, I take pride in helping those who struggle with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment issues, Grief, and Anger related issues.

Have you ever questioned the source of your anger? Do you know why you are angry? Let me help you figure out those triggers or hidden reasons. What about feeling sad, and feeling there is no way out? I am here to tell you there is always a way out. I am good at what I do, and I feel without a doubt that each client that interacts with me will feel empowered to transition those negative feelings, and sometime painful feelings to a state of resolution for them.

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. I am also a Christian, but views are not imposed on you because I believe spirituality is personal and everyone has a personal right to decide that choice. The best part about you deciding what is best for you decide, and that is very empowering for anyone to choose what to believe or not to believe. Let me help you to grow.

Thank you for allowing me to share information about me.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Career

I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Eating, Parenting, Self esteem, Depression

Years of Experience: 15


LPC #LPC007636 (Expires: 2018-09-30)


Written by K.A. on Oct 04, 2017 after counseling with Vanessa for 9 months 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 relationship

Vanessa has been great.

Written by K.E on Sep 07, 2015 after counseling with Vanessa for 1 month 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.