Laura Bonk, therapist in Brookside
LAURA BONK, PLPC

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” ~ Carl Rogers

Laura Bonk earned a master’s degree in counseling from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon in 2017 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2013.

Her clinical experience and areas of focus include, but are not limited to: trauma, narcissistic abuse, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, eating concerns/body image, personality disorders, attachment, relationship issues, grief/loss, identity development, life transitions, and spirituality/faith issues.

Laura has a particular interest in helping process thoughts and feelings related to past traumatic experiences. She defines trauma as any experience that has left a lasting negative impact. As Dr. Gabor Mate so wisely states, “Trauma is not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you.” Laura’s passion is to walk alongside others as they dive into the depths of themselves, discover the scars that life has created, and experience healing through the therapeutic relationship.

Laura Bonk utilizes an integrative approach within her work, which means she tailors therapy in a way that meets each individual’s needs and preferences. She draws from a variety of evidence-based theories, some of which include: Person-Centered, Attachment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). In addition, Laura is currently seeking certification in a specialized trauma processing therapy known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

She also has experience nurturing the growth of families through her work as an Intensive Family Preservation Therapist. Ultimately, her goal is to mold therapy in a way that honors the personhood and values of each unique individual.

Issues
  • Trauma, Narcissistic Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Eating Concerns/Body Image, Personality Disorders, Attachment, Relationship Issues, Grief/Loss, Identity Development, Life Transitions, and Spirituality/Faith Issues.
Types of Therapy
  • Person-Centered, Attachment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).