“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Deep connections with others are a driving force in our mental health and wellbeing as individuals. Relationships often bring safety, love, and a place to belong. However, relationships can also be challenging to navigate in times of difficulty. Whether you are entering a new relationship, experiencing a recent transition in your relationship, or find yourself in a moment in which your relationship is in distress, counseling can provide a space to talk through what is happening and learn new ways of communicating. I am Bonnie (she/hers), and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with couples and families. I received my master’s degree and PhD from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). In addition to providing counseling services, I am an Assistant Professor at UNC providing training and supervision to future counselors. My passion for the profession of counseling when helping individuals, children, and couples & families, guide my work with clients. I also recognize and honor the individuality and unique culture of each of my clients and the way in which identities influence our interactions in the world as well as in the counseling relationship.
“Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best.” – Gabriela Mistral
Even the strongest relationships face moments in which disagreements and feeling disconnected seem to overwhelm moments of connection and affection. The reasons for the distress can vary and at times seem impossible to overcome. In couples and/or family counseling, we will work together to identify current struggles, recognize the strengths in the relationship(s), and find new ways of understanding each other. Through that increased awareness of your relationship(s), we will seek new ways of being within the relationship that will meet your hopes and/or goals.
“Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine in yourself, so that you can hear it in others.” – Marian Wright Edelman
We live in a world with constant entertainment and possibility. As we progress through life we receive so many messages of “who we are” and “who we are supposed to be.” This can lead to feeling lost or unsure of what next step to take. This journey can be further complicated when our relationships with others become strained or we experience a loss. In individual counseling we will explore how lived experiences, past/current relationships, and current stressors are impacting your mental health. Through shared hope, we will determine a plan of action towards healing and change.
Whether we are meeting for couples, family, or individual counseling, I will do my best to provide a healing space in which clients are free to explore themselves and their relationships with the focus on becoming true to ourselves and others.