Spotlight on: Bonnie Bassett

Tapestry Associates is made up of a group of unique and caring professionals, one of which is Bonnie Bassett.  Bonnie has been working with individual women and adolescents along with couples at Tapestry for 5 years. She specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, and difficult life transitions. Bonnie loves seeing the impact counseling has, watching how it changes lives in remarkable ways.

Possessing a gentle spirit, you would never guess how tough Bonnie really is. She recently completed a Half Ironman Triathlon, and plans to compete in her first Iron Man Triathlon next year. Training is a part of her daily life, and when not working, she is often swimming, biking or running. Her other hobbies include scuba diving and sailing. These activities have taken her to beautiful places such as Bonaire and the British Virgin Islands. 

Along with her rigorous physical training, Bonnie has continued in her academic training as well.  Having already obtained a Specialist degree in Traumatology from Georgia State University, Bonnie is currently working to complete her PhD in Counseling from Liberty University.

Like many of her long runs, Bonnie’s road to counseling has been long and winding, requiring much endurance. A “military brat”, Bonnie grew up on Air Force bases from South Carolina to Alabama, Germany, and finally Fairfax, Virginia. Bonnie remembers her time in Fairfax as “uber multicultural”, with unique experiences such as attending the National Ballet’s Nutcracker each Christmas, and rollerblading through the National Mall and into the Smithsonian.

Bonnie enjoyed her college years in Wilmington, NC at UNC where she studied elementary education. As a teacher, she was frustrated by seeing the deep emotional pain of children in the schools, and feeling the classroom parameters and her limited skill level left her unable to address those needs. She thus changed her course and indulged her adventurous spirit as an international flight attendant with Delta. This freedom of being out in the world, experiencing different places and cultures came as a welcome change to the structure of school and teaching. After learning in this exciting international classroom for three years, Bonnie was ready again for the structure of a more formal learning environment. She decided to return to graduate school to learn how she might help others experiencing the emotional pain she had been confronted with in her teaching days. After obtaining her Masters  in Counseling followed by a Specialist degree from Georgia State University, Bonnie began to hit her stride as a counselor.

What Bonnie enjoys most about her work at Tapestry is being invited in to the client’s experience:” to understand who they are and where they’ve come from, and to work with them in the healing process. “ More exhilarating  than all her world travels or adventurous hobbies, is “to see someone who has experienced a trauma come out the other side, able to engage in relationships in a meaningful way, and find ways of being in the world that are fulfilling.” Bonnie believes that, even after trauma, the human spirit is strong, able to heal and to trust again.

 

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