Bonner earned his PsyD from Azusa Pacific University with an emphasis in systems and psychodynamic theory.
Psychologist in Bothell, WA
Depression is one of the most common referrals any therapist receives. I have worked with clients experiencing the full range of depression, from treatment resistant depression with psychotic features to bipolar disorder and depression that doesn't meet diagnostic criteria but still causes significant pain and impairment. We can take a variety of approaches in both understanding and treating this depression, depending on what works best for you.
A significant portion of my work over the last 12 years has required some type of trauma informed care. I have provided highly structured, systematic treatment for a traumatic response to a discreet event to long term, relationally oriented care for complex, relational trauma. This type of work is delicate and painful but also immensely rewarding for both me and my clients.
I conceptualize the therapeutic relationship as a "secure base" from which we can explore your world. This relationship often evokes unresolved parental conflict and can provide us with a chance to integrate new experiences into your relational blueprints.
A person is not simply a solitary, self-contained figure that needs to be fixed. Rather, they are part of numerous systems, be they family systems, cultural systems, social systems, economic systems, etc. If we label depression solely as a deficit in certain neurotransmitters we may miss the fact that depression can be a very normal response to economic and social challenges. In that sense, there's nothing wrong with you but rather your pain is telling us there's something wrong with the world!
Psychodynamic theory emphasizes the importance of your early relationships and the way that shapes your internal world, your self-directed behaviors, and your relationship patterns.
I approach anxiety as a natural and often important part of the human experience. Unfortunately, this emotion can run away from us and lead to unwanted thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I aim to explore the adaptive function of anxiety while helping return it to its helpful role and limit its painful impacts.